Picking the Perfect Upholstery Fabric

Fabric Colors Austin TxWhether you’re salvaging an old piece, or designing a new one, picking upholstery fabric will eventually come into play. This task, which should be enjoyable, can actually be a daunting one for many. That’s not surprising—with so many options like colors, textures, patterns and thread count, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. Once you have an idea on what to look for however, picking upholstery fabric can actually be fun. Hopefully these tips will help simply the process a bit and make your experience more pleasant.

Examine Your Space

Is your upholstered piece going in a large room or a small one? As a general rule, a larger space can visually accommodate more patterns and colors than a small one can. For instance, if you have a large room, don’t be afraid to go all out with bold colors and repeating patterns. Your room can handle it. A smaller room however, might be more appealing with a simple print and a smaller range of color.

Assess the Piece

Is the piece you are upholstering small and narrow or big and long? A smaller piece, such as a chair, won’t really showcase a big pattern like a couch will. Instead, you might want to look for something along the lines of thin stripes or small flowers.

What is your piece’s style? Is it modern? Early American? Traditional? In most cases, the piece will look its best when covered in fabric that compliments its character. Will the colors and patterns blend nicely with the other items in the room? Are you picking the color because you truly like it or because it’s the latest trend? These are all things to consider before making a final choice.

Wear and Tear 

Will your piece be in a high traffic area or used less often for formal affairs? Do you have kids? Are pets in the house? Is its location by a window? Taking things like this into consideration will really help you narrow down your choices.

Woven fabrics, rather than printed ones, and fabrics with higher thread counts, will definitely be the most durable. If you have children, you might want to lean toward a darker color scheme in order to hide dirt more easily. If there is a dog or a cat sharing your space, leather and microfiber fabrics are more likely to withstand your furry friends.  If your piece lives near a window, ask for fade resistant fabrics that will hold up against sun damage.

Once you’ve narrowed down your decisions, be sure to examine the fabric before you buy. Giving the fabric a little tug and pull, both with and against the grain, is an easy way to determine the quality. If loose threads appear, the fabric is poorly made. That doesn’t mean that quality fabric comes at a higher price. You can get really good deals for your piece of furniture, if you’re willing to do some homework. Before you stop in to buy your next designer fabric at only a fraction of the cost at Interior Fabrics Austin, make sure you measure your piece of furniture correctly so that you know exactly how much fabric you will need!

Fabric Design for Your Outdoor Living Area

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Gone are the days of green plastic chairs and tables being the only options for decorating your outdoor space. Fortunately, times have changed, and the world of outdoor furniture has come a long way. Outdoor living spaces have become popular for social events and innovative fabrics have made it possible to make those outdoor spaces just as stylish as your indoor spaces. New colors, textures and patterns are available at your fingertips, allowing you to have fun creating the perfect area for relaxing and entertaining.

Mix and Match For Optimum Results 

There’s no need to stay monochromatic when it comes to designing your outdoor space. Don’t be scared to mix up patterns and incorporate bursts of color. There’s lots of variety to choose from:  stripes, paisleys, florals, checks, swirls, animal or tribal prints and much more. If bold and bright shades aren’t really your style, aim for cooler colors like soft greens and blues. If you have an enclosed space, like a sunroom, don’t limit your fabric choices to sofas, chairs and pillows. Follow through with your design by including other accents like tablecloths, window treatments and awnings.

Protect to Preserve Its Lifespan 

Today’s outdoor fabrics are designed to weather the elements, but that doesn’t mean that they are totally indestructible or maintenance-free. To best preserve your furniture, keep items like pillows and cushions out of heavy downpours and snowfalls. If items such as these do get soaked, prop them up against a wall so the moisture can drain out. Dirt attracts mold and mildew. In order to keep it at bay, try shaking, brushing or vacuuming cushions regularly. Not all fabrics are machine washable or dryer-friendly, so always be sure to read labels before using this method. As a general rule, stick with cold water and air-drying to avoid ruining cushions and pillows.

Best Fabrics for Your Space

When it comes to picking fabrics, take into consideration your climate and the elements your furniture will face. Look for fabrics specifically made for the outdoors. Many, but not all of these fabrics are fade, stain and liquid resistant, so be sure to take your time and figure out how many pieces you’ll want. It’s important to find out as much information as you can, regarding outdoor fabrics, so you can make an informed decision before making your purchase. Come stop by Interior Fabrics Houston to see your favorite fabrics in person to determine which will make your outdoor living space the most beautiful.

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