“Textiles embody all the dimensions of art: color, innovation, talent.” Stanley Marcus

 

Designers Guild

Fabrics provide visual interest and make the difference between an ordinary room and an extraordinary room. They can make a statement on furniture and windows, set the color scheme, establish the historical period, and also can change the look of a room for different seasons.

 

Here are 5 tips to selecting your fabrics that will work in any space:

 

1. CONSIDER THE MOOD OF THE ROOM

What feeling and emotion do you want to achieve? Color is the most important reason people choose a fabric, so make sure your color choice is appropriate to the mood you want to create in the room. Cool colors such as blue, green, and violet create a quieter feeling.  Warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange create a little more energy and drama. 

Cowtan & Tout

 

2. POWER OF PATTERN

When deciding upon patterns for your interiors, it’s crucial to consider the other items of furniture and the size of the room. Patterns can be realistic, abstract or geometric. The fabric choice for the upholstery in your room can determine it’s style. Florals, checks, plaids, and folk patterns are mostly used for semi-formal and informal rooms. Brocades, brocatelles, damasks, and moiré are best for formal rooms.  Some fabrics like cotton and velvet can be used in either category.

Although mixing and matching patterns is everywhere now, if you’re a novice, limit the number in a given room to three and make sure the patterns are different sizes. 

Brunschwing & Files

 

3.  TEXTURES 

Texture refers to how the surface of an object feels to the touch. Formal textures are silky woven fabrics like damasks or silky embossed fabrics such as moiré. Rougher textures such as canvas, leather, tweed or linen are better options for every day households because they provide a durable earthy interior.

Kravet

 

4. NATURAL OR MAN MADE FIBERS

Fabric selection is an essential part at making sure the upholstery goes with the room. There are two categories of fabrics to choose from, natural or synthetic. Popular natural fabrics are cotton, leather, silk, linen, and wool. Synthetic materials such as acrylic, microfiber, vinyl, polyester, and rayon tend to be more resistant then natural material.

Cowtan & Tout

 

5. SAMPLES 

Make sure to bring home samples so you can study them in the room at different times of the day and under natural and artificial light. Most stores let you check out fabrics for a minimum refundable fee or request a memo from the manufacturer. Also, you can buy a yard of fabric and leave it in the room for a few days, and if you decide you don’t like it, you can always use it for something else.

Groundworks

 

Me at the Osborne & Little Fabric Showroom in Paris, France