When it comes to fabrics in interior design, we most undoubtedly want to choose the best selections, colours, textures, and styles. Within an interior space, fabrics are usually the show and tell, or the make-up design for the room. When we see a fabric that blends in well, or really works for the space, there always seems to be the question of how it was selected.
Fabrics chosen for a space are considered by specific elements, designs, and/ or various aspects of the space. And we ask, what is it that we want to bring out? What statement are we trying to make? For example, fabrics selected for a sofa or chair help tie in, combine aesthetics, and add additional appeal for bringing the entire space together.
With the Fall/Winter season upon us now, colours and textures particularly play a big role because it’s the time of year where we’re entertaining guests, and family during the holiday season.
If you love a traditional look for your space, jacquards, damasks, tapestries are ideal and work really well. Jacquards are very durable and are ball gown like fabrics, because they offer a chic and luxurious look. Damasks will also give the space a rich and couture look and are often selected for a duvet or euro sham. They add texture and give an appealing look for the space. Tapestries are offered in panels, rugs, pillows, and upholstery. Stroheim & Roman, Clarence House, and Pierre Deux (offered through Kravet) are some of the top fabric houses in the nation to shop fabrics. Velvets too, are suggested fabrics for fall and winter because of their durability and heaviness. They’re associated with the Bohemian look and are available in an array of jeweled tone colours.
While styles in contemporary, post modern or shabby chic vintage remain popular and high in demand, textiles from Donghia, and Lee Jofa fabric houses would also work very well. Fabric trends for 2014 suggest an eclectic mix, such that you can combine all of your stylistic influences together as one juxtaposition. House Beautiful also suggests taking a bold approach with mixing patterns to modernize the look like classic chintz’s and toile’s to keep things fresh.
If your shopping at your fabric house or shopping fabs while at home, spreading the fabrics out, perhaps by the yards (if possible), next to your artwork, wood materials and accessories (rugs), to see how it flows does wonders over selecting from smaller fabric swatches. When fabs are selected from the bolt, you’ll get a better visual of the style/ pattern, and how the fab will mesh with the rest of the room.
Wood finishes in Carmel and Honey tones can blend well into your fall design style. Navy and plum hues, along with turquoises, greens, red garnets and burnt sienna’s are popular for the fall/winter season. Warm metallic accents help add sparkle and pop out more warm hues in cinnamon, or pumpkin. Textures in cowhides, plaids, pinstripes and even herringbone will give the space a rich aesthetic appeal and bring in character and dimension to the space.