Choosing the Right Fabrics for Your Interior Design Project

Fabric choice is often one of the most underrated elements in any interior design. When beginning a project, many home and business owners often focus on the “big impact” components such as the furniture, cabinetry, lighting, and other fixtures. However, the textiles used in your home or office décor can actually serve as a core element throughout the entire interior design.

Implementing the right materials in your Northern Colorado interior fabric design project can deliver multiple benefits to your space. Your choice of fabric instantly sets the visual tone, establishes a color scheme for a room, and when layered throughout an interior, can deliver depth and texture on walls, floors, and fixtures. Beyond sheer aesthetics, using textiles in your design also serves several functional purposes as well. The right upholstery can protect a furnishings from wear and tear (and countless spills) as well as hide any existing damage to furniture and accents. Additionally, thicker fabrics absorb sounds, reduces echoes, and provides a layer of thermal insulation, all of which can help make the higher traffic areas in your home feel just a little more calm and peaceful.

To learn about several different types of fabrics to help you choose, see this article.

Tips to Selecting Materials That Complete Your Interior Look

Of course, as with any interior design feature, the range of potential fabric options is virtually endless, quickly overwhelming even the most motivated home and business owners as they sift through various products and materials. With so many available choices, it’s vital to go into the selection process armed with just a few essential pointers to ensure you pick a fabric that you’ll love.

A few simple tips when picking out materials includes:

Pinpointing Your Style

Many home designs begin with at least a general idea of desired end results – the same holds true when picking materials. Go into the process with a basic understanding of what final style and look you’re trying to achieve. If you’re still not ready to make your choice, this can at least help you eliminate products you don’t want. Haven’t quite identified your style for the space? Visit online design and DIY sites for inspiration or partner with a professional Northern Colorado interior designer to help narrow down your style preferences. Here’s an article that can direct you to several different quizzes to discover your style.

Coordinating Patterns

The style of the room will instantly lend itself to certain patterns. For example, a rustic interior may be better suited to florals and simple stripes, while a contemporary look often works well with geometric shapes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns in your interiors by using a mix of several coordinating designs in the same space for visual interest.

Consider Purpose

Once you’ve zeroed in on your personal style and pattern preferences, you should also consider the purpose and function of the room. While your sense of style may long for a couch covered in sumptuous silk organza, your sense of practicality may tell you that your young children, dog, and cat will be better served with a different cover option. If you’re looking for a more durable material, you may want to forego the silk and look for a solution with a higher thread count to help reduce the chance of damage. If you simply can’t live without that cream loveseat – consider a slipcover. A high quality, custom-made slipcover allows you to get creative with fabric color. Should the material meet the business end of a grape juice spill, you can remove the cover for cleaning.

Local Climate

Where you live can play a key role in fabric selection. Homes in cooler climates may work better with heavier materials such as wool and felt that help make the interior feel snug and cozy. However, if you live in a warmer climate, you may want to consider lighter or sheer materials to align with the more tropical outdoor temperatures. Color choice can also help complement the local climate as well. Blues, green, and pastels can help make a room feel cooler, while deep, rich tones and neutrals can help warm things up.

Bonus Note: If you’re placing textiles in a spot that will receive a lot of natural light, you may want to consider a fade resistant material to help fight off the impact of long-term sun exposure.

Niche Design House creates customized fabric design solutions for interior design customers throughout the Loveland and Northern Colorado region. Contact the team today to hear more.