Making Choices In Fabric For Your New Upholstery

by | Nov 3, 2014 | Home Improvement

Redecoration doesn’t mean that you have to buy all new furniture. You can reupholster and keep the couch that you love without having clash with your next interior design. Changing color may not be enough, though. Different fabrics can provide the texture that you need to ensure that everything coordinates the way that you want it to.

Texture and Durability

Each fabric has its own unique qualities when it comes to how it feels and how long you can expect it to last. The choice that you make may not be based solely on matching new interior decoration. High traffic areas are likely to incur more wear and tear and are at more risk of stains than furniture that is placed in lower traffic areas. If you’re changing a room’s function as well as its décor, you should consider these points when making fabric choices.

  • *     Fabrics like silk and linen are very soft to the touch and look practically royal but they are also expensive and difficult to clean. If you upholster using these fabrics and a stain occurs, that stain isn’t going anywhere until the next time you change the fabric.
  • *     Cotton and leather are natural fibers like silk and linen but a little less expensive and simpler to care for. Leather requires special care to keep from drying out but cotton can be treated professionally to help its resistance to stains and darker colors will deter any stains that do happen from ruining the aesthetics of the furniture completely.
  • *     Synthetic fabrics like polyester and blends are not as pleasing to the touch but they are quite inexpensive and will hold up to wear and tear very well. These fabrics won’t last as long as natural fibers but they are tough when it comes to use in high traffic areas and easy to clean so you won’t have to worry about spills or other damage as much as with other fabrics.

Coordinating Patterns and Colors

Here come the really tough decisions. You know what fabric you want and exactly where the furniture will go but what patterns and colors will work with rest of your interior design? The best way to do this is to mix and match. For instance, if your wallpaper or floor has an intricate pattern, it’s not really a good idea to match that pattern with the furniture. The pieces will look lost in the room when everything has the exact same patterns and colors. Choose solid colors in these cases, usually the main color of the pattern on the walls or floors. You can also go with neutral colors that coordinate well with almost everything. The same guideline applies if you have solid colors on the walls or floors. With solid colors around the furniture, you can choose a bolder pattern for the furniture to make it stand out as the main focal point of the room’s design.

Consult the Pros

The choices can be overwhelming, so when you’re considering your decisions you should look into decorating magazines or pictures online for ideas. You can also consult a professional designer for advice. Visit Wolf Gordon’s website for upholstery ideas and professionals that are committed to making sure that you love your new interior design when it’s finished!

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