Three of the most essential components of any well-decorated room are color, pattern, and texture. One of the most common ways to incorporate all three of these elements into a room is with decorating fabric. These types of fabrics are different from regular ones in that they are specifically designed for use in draperies, upholstery, slipcovers, and curtains, although they can also be used elsewhere in the home. They are heavier, more durable, soil- and stain-resistant, and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Here we'll discuss some of the most popular types of decorating fabrics and where to use them in the home.
Animal prints - One of the biggest trends in interior decorating is the use of bold animal prints. Animals prints in fake fur, cotton, suede, or chenille are fun, hip, and seen on just about everything! Bedding, window treatments, accent pillows, and rugs made of animal prints and being sold at a staggering rate.
Brocade - The distinguishing feature of brocade fabric is the its raised floral design, called a Jacquard. This fabric is extremely well made, heavy-duty, and a great choice for draperies and upholstered furniture.
Canvas - If you have pets in your home, canvas is a great decorating fabric to use. Its fibers are tightly woven, making it extremely durable and virtually pet-proof. Best of all, it's one of the least-expensive types of decorating fabric on the market. It's a smart choice for upholstered furniture, slipcovers, and window treatments.
Damask - Damask is a rich patterned fabric made of cotton, wool, silk, or stain, which features a beautiful leafy design. This is a great fabric for decorating just about anything in your home! It's gorgeous on upholstered furniture, bedding, window treatments, accent pillows, and much more.
Gingham - Gingham is sensible, solid, and a cute fabric that can be used for decorating a country or rustic-style home. Made of cotton, gingham is typically seen with a block or checkered pattern. It's commonly used for everything from bedding and slipcovers, to tablecloths and napkins.
Linen - If you're looking for a versatile, heavy-duty fabric, you cannot go wrong with linen. This solid fabric is processed from flax and comes in a variety of natural color hues. This is a great choice for a pet-friendly or child-friendly home, as it's resistant to rips and tears.
Satin - Satin is soft, silky, and features a light glossy finish that is very sophisticated and luxurious. Although not extremely durable, these types of fabrics are frequently used for draperies, bedding, and ornamental furniture.
Toile - Toile decorating fabric is one of my absolute favorite types of decorating fabrics. Each one depicts a highly detailed pattern which relays a story. Made of cotton or linen, this popular decorating fabric is often used for upholstered furniture, window treatments, and decorative pillows.
Velvet - Soft, feathery, warm, and inviting, velvet decorating fabric is both luxurious and sophisticated. It's commonly used for curtains and window treatments, accent pillows, and upholstered furniture.
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