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Examine Fabrics When Working on Interior Design

Fabric is a good element for interior decorating. Not only can fabric help touch-up mistakes, but it adds to the overall atmosphere of a home. Fabric is a rather “mobile” material. Unlike many other elements used in interior decorating, fabric can be modified quite easily. However, if you’re not the type of person who likes to experiment with changing and/or adjusting design elements, you should choose your fabrics carefully. When choosing fabrics for curtains, for example, you should consider the climate, the size of a room, and the proportions of window openings. Color, pattern, and cloth structure are important elements to consider as well.


Rules for fabric design


When selecting a specific curtain, it’s necessary to consider more than just style -- it’s also necessary to consider the size of a dwelling, the height of the ceilings, the landscape behind the windows, the location of lamps, and compatibility with other textiles in the dwelling.


Contrasting curtains with a cross-stripe pattern make the walls appear wider; vertical stripes make the room appear higher than it actually is. Blue, grey, dark blue and violet tones create a cool sensation; beige, yellow, red and terracotta colors, on the other hand, “warm up” a space. Bright curtains are impressive, but it’s difficult to make them agree with other objects in the room. Dense, heavy curtains tend to block out sunlight; designers therefore recommend using them on south-facing windows.


The fabric should look well both in the afternoon and in the evening. For example, muslin cloth produces the effect of matte glass when sunlight hits it from behind. In the evening, the same cloth becomes opaque when covered with artificial light and creates an atmosphere of coziness and security.


The fabric should not merge with the rest of the interior –- it’s better to use cloth that is one tone lighter or darker. The color of curtains should be chosen in the same tone as the upholstery of furniture, not in the same tone as wallpaper because we change wallpaper more often than upholstery. It’s also necessary to pay attention to the practical, operational properties of your cloth: good fabrics have anti-dust impregnation; they don’t fade, don’t burn out, and don’t shrink.


Do not try to skimp on the amount of fabric you use. Curtains touching the floor win from their big volume of material. Many people tend to think that a few missing centimeters aren’t that important, but they can play a huge role: a curtain will look short if the distance between the curtain and the floor is more than two centimeters.




Draperies are a decorative alternative to traditional curtains. A window can be decorated with the help of one fabric or several. Depending on the chosen fabric, multiple layers create an atmosphere of luxury. Fabrics with contrasting linings can be wrapped around a cornice, and fixed with a volumetric plait. A bright sari material attached to a cornice is also impressive.


A classic alternative to a drapery is a simple cornice wrapped up in a long piece of cloth, with both ends hanging down symmetrically from the window. You can hang your draperies up like a loop, or let both edges fall down to the floor. Light draperies are often used together with opaque curtains and protect a room from curious neighbors and hot sunlight.


In one style


Creative interior designers often use curtains, furniture upholstery, and pillow covers made of the same fabric. There are, in fact, many design firms which specialize in it. These firms develop a sketch according to a customer’s wishes and then offer fabric choices from a book of sample fabrics. The approved project is finalized, and all previous decisions are modified according to the needs of a particular house. Ready-made collections of fabric are also normally available for sale. These fabrics meet different trends and styles, from classic to avante guard to hi-tech.




According to cloth manufacturers, interior design preferences tend to follow clothing trends. It’s not coincidental that Calvin Klein and Versace present their creations at interior design exhibitions -- leading stylists are seriously engaged in textile ensembles for interiors.


One such trend characterizes in-style upholstery fabrics. They have a large, often geometrical pattern, with a prevalence of pastel colors that suit the decoration of minimalist furniture. The fabrics in such styles are mainly synthetic.


Another fashionable trend is the use of natural fabrics, especially quiet, pastel or light tones combined with natural materials (wood and metal). They combine well with other elements within a modern house.


There are, however, fashionable upholsteries in conservative styles that work well for traditional, classic interiors. Among them are silk and gobelin fabrics with traditional patterns (flowers, pastoral patterns). These upholsteries are characterized by a prevalence of quiet, soft tones: dark-purple, green, blue or bronze are good examples.

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