The Easiest Way To Get The Perfect Color Solid Fabric For Your Project


Y’all know of my love for Spoonflower, right? I’ve created my own floral wallpaper for the studio and had it printed at Spoonflower…

I had that same floral design printed on fabric for the back entry of the studio…

I created my own wallpaper design for the studio half bathroom and had it printed by Spoonflower (but it isn’t installed yet)…

And I’ve also purchased other people’s designs from Spoonflower, like the wallpaper I bought to install in the hallway bathroom…

I’ll be working on that bathroom as soon as I’m finished in the studio, so stay tuned to see that wallpaper installed in there.

This is not a sponsored post or anything like that. I just really like Spoonflower. I’ve always liked the quality of their products, and I love the fact that they allow creative people to create their own custom designs for wallpaper and fabric. And I think their prices are reasonable, especially since they have sales regularly.

While I think most people think of Spoonflower for printed designs, I think people overlook Spoonflower for one of its best uses. You can use Spoonflower to create your own solid color fabric! There’s absolutely no need to spend hours online searching for the perfect shade of solid green fabric, order tons of samples, wait for those samples to arrive, and perhaps repeat that process over and over in search of that perfect shade when you can simply create your own! That’s precisely how I plan to get just the right shade of green performance velvet for the desk chair in my studio. It’s so easy!

Then use that color map to find the perfect color for your project.

In my case, I’m trying to find a green that will be vibrant on its own, while also coordinating with the green on the walls of the back entry, as well as the curtain/mural print.

I really like these colors on their own, but they’re too bright for the wall.

So I decided that something like this might be a better starting point. Each color has a hex code printed on it, and that’s the code you’ll need for the next step.

You can use just about any photo editing software to create your solid color fabric, but I used Canva for this demonstration since there’s a free version. On the Canva home page, I selected Poster just because it’s the largest option.

And when it brought up a new poster project screen, I clicked this multi-colored square to change the background color.

That brought up this section on the left, and I clicked this first box with the “+” sign on it.

And that brought up a box where you can type in that six-digit code from the color you selected on the Spoonflower color map. It’ll automatically change the background color on the poster to the color you input. (I ended up using a different color from the one I selected and circled above.)

If you want to edit the color a bit, you can click on this little dot and move it around until the color looks like you want it. Just be aware that the print color may be slightly different from what you see on your screen.

Once you have the color like you want it, click the “Share” button on the top right…

And then click the “download” button. You can accept the default settings and continue downloading.

Once you’ve downloaded your file to your computer, head over to the Spoonflower website and set up an account (if you don’t already have one). Once you’re logged in, you’ll go to your account and click the “Upload A Design” button to get to this screen…

Select the file from your computer, confirm that you’re not violating anyone else’s copyright, and then upload the design.

Once it’s uploaded, it will take you to this screen where you can see your solid color fabric swatch, and then you can choose the fabric you want (I’m using performance velvet for upholstery), and the size/amount you want. You can test out several different colors, and order a test swatch of each one before ordering the final fabric for your project.

This way, you’re guaranteed to get the exact color you want, and you can choose from many different types of fabric to suit your project. This is so much easier than spending hours searching for that perfect shade of solid fabric and ordering a ton of swatches in hopes that one of them might work. This way, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a color that will work.

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