Welcome to a world of beautiful fabrics. Although a monochromatic design creates an atmosphere of simplicity and elegance, the boundary between monochromaticity and monotony often fades.
Only when you start experimenting with interior design will your home gain a unique character. Give your home an authentic charm by introducing a variety of beautiful fabrics in compelling colours, while simultaneously creating an authentic and enticing look.
Know your fabrics
The only way to be sure that you’ve chosen a fabric appropriate for a certain room is to know its features. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with different types of fabric, you’ll be able to pick the one that will meets your needs.
A popular natural fabric that can add richness to your décor is leather, which is particularly used in industrial design. Despite its glamour, leather requires a lot of care, because it gets stained or scratched easily.
Silk is another natural fabric used to create a sense of elegance and sophistication in interior design. If you can’t resist its gentle allure, make sure to use it for throw pillows or coverings in your bedroom, where it can add a romantic flair.
As the star among fabrics, cotton is extremely popular in interior design because of its comfort, durability, and airiness. However, you might find a cotton blend more resistant to stains than pure cotton.
Another fabric that is often used in homes mainly because of its functionality and durability is polyester. Whether you use pure polyester fabrics or polyester blends, this material is perfect for sitting areas, because of its resistance to wrinkles.
A fusion of patterns
Whether you’re an interior design expert or just an aficionado who loves keeping up with the trends, patterns are a must in a trendy home. And what’s a better way to introduce them than by implementing layers of intricately patterned beautiful fabrics. Not only will you create a playful décor in your home, you will also give it uniqueness and authenticity.
One of the most important principles that you need to follow when using patterned fabrics is balance. By balancing patterns and fabrics, you’ll create an understated look that radiates effortless beauty. The best way to create a balance is by following the 60/30/10 rule – you pick three different patterns, a primary, secondary and tertiary one, that share at least one feature, for example colour, and then distribute them throughout your space. The primary pattern should be used for 60% of the space, while the secondary and tertiary should take up 30% and 10% respectively. This way, you’ll avoid having exaggerated décor, but will achieve one that is harmonious.
The possibilities of beautiful fabrics
By layering different fabrics and adding unexpected pops of colour, you can create décor that is truly enticing and unique. You can use fabrics to add depth and richness to your home, while simultaneously expressing your personality through design. If you’re a lover of oriental cultures, you can introduce beautiful fabrics with ethnic patterns to your home décor, while black-and-white patterns have a more timeless value.
For example, you can restyle your old sofa by cladding it in a new upholstery fabric. You can see a variety of different fabrics and designs that can bring a sense of novelty into your living space here. You can even freshen up some smaller elements such as your throw pillows – they will certainly make powerful accent details, while simultaneously creating a welcoming atmosphere of comfort.
You can also add a romantic flair to your bedroom by using a light, gauzy fabric, such as muslin, for your drapes. Whether you use beautiful fabrics as drapes, table cloths, bed covers or throw pillows, make sure to opt for those that will both work well with the general style and meet your needs. There’s no reason why you can’t have both aesthetics and functionality.
Fabrics are a simple yet creative way to transform your living space or create an atmosphere of comfort. Start by finding the right fabric for your home décor, and then just follow your imagination.
Author, Lana Hawkins
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.
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