Fabric wall panels make a statement
Of all the rooms in this year?s Decorator Showcase, it was the teeniest one--a 44-inch-by-44-inch water closet--that made the biggest impression on us.
Local interior designer Kelley Flynn masterfully covered the walls (shown above) in a gorgeous pleated fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher, transforming the tiny space into a majestic destination--albeit one with a toilet.
Obsessed, we tracked down Flynn at her Oakland-based firm to find out how she pulled off this design feat (and obviously, whether we could attempt to DIY). While she explained--and we agreed--that this type of fabric installation is best executed by a pro, she gamely offered a few pointers for creating a similar look at your humble abode:
A little fabric can go a long way, she advised. Because pleated panels take serious sewing skills, novices might want to opt for hanging a large panel in a smaller space like behind a bed. Or buy ready-made draperies and hardware, available at places such as The Shade Store. Consider covering the whole wall from ceiling to floor for a real statement.
Flynn also recommended selecting a luxurious fabric with some texture, and said she is personally a fan of graphic patterns. Shop around at Britex and Sal Beressi for bargains, or try Satin Moon Fabrics for more of a splurge.