Furniture choices seem straightforward when you begin looking. You spot a couch or chair and it just strikes you as something you absolutely love and must have. Maybe it was the color, the style, or the feel of the fabric, but the piece starts your creative process, and you begin to design your space around what you’ve found. While this isn’t necessarily a bad way to do things, choosing furniture fabric is critical to the success of your design.
Perhaps the most important step when choosing furniture fabric is determining how the pieces will be used and by whom. For example, if you are planning a family room that can expect heavy usage and children in the mix, you will want to consider a durable fabric that is easy to clean. If your furniture will be placed in a room that is reserved for special occasions, a lighter-duty fabric will likely be fine.
Fabric durability is dependent on the thread count, which refers to how many threads are woven in one square inch. The more tightly woven, or the higher the thread count, the more durable the fabric. Most leathers are also very durable and make it easier to clean accidental spills and food bits than traditional fabrics.
Style and fabric type are the next things to consider when choosing furniture fabric. Although you can mix things up to create a look that’s unique to your tastes, most often, fabric types are matched to the style of the furniture chosen. Consider also your taste and the look you wish to achieve for the room where your new furniture will be placed. If you want a formal look, your choices will be greatly different than what you’d choose for a casual-use room.
Finally, you will have to decide if you want a pattern in your fabric or not. Patterns may allow for quick changes in accessories to change the look in your room however, if the room is small, you should stick to a smaller pattern-type. Reserve large patterns for larger spaces so you don’t overwhelm the senses.
Color is usually what draws your eye to a particular piece of furniture. Since furniture is such a large part of your room’s decor, choosing a color that complements the atmosphere and style of your space is very important.
Unless the color is one you feel you can’t live without, try to stay away from trends. Trending colors can become tiresome, and you may find yourself wishing you had chosen a more neutral color once the trend changes again. Try to pick a color or colors that fit with the feel you wish to create for the room and for accent colors that you can use to change the look from time to time.
Gabby has more than one hundred fabrics and leathers to choose from when decorating your home. Check out the rest of our website to see the transitional furniture styles we offer and choose your fabric to customize your look.