Choosing Fabrics for Interior Design

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There are three major areas of focus that go into interior design projects. Many times the greater emphasis is placed on the flooring and wall color or coverings. However, interior designers understand the importance of fabric selection to finish the look of a room / space.

Understanding characteristics of different fabrics and the best use of each will help to create a more successful interior design.

Cotton: Cotton fabrics often hold patterns well. There are many finishes available, which best suits their use on; draperies, furniture covers, pillows and table linens. This fabric is often breathable and comfortable but can also be very durable depending on the specific blend that is chosen. Stain resistant blends are best for applications where the likelihood of stains may occur.

Velvets: Velvets present a more formal appearance. They often come in a range of many colors and have a luxurious feel, but are durable in their elegance. When properly cared for, velvets make long-lasting chairs and sofas (upholstered with cotton velvet).

Nylon / Polyester: Nylon and Polyester fabrics can emulate the look of natural fibers depending upon how they are woven. Sheer fabrics can also be created from these materials, which is great for draperies. There are many types of finishes that can be created with nylon and polyester creating textures that resemble leather, suede, snake or straw. The use of nylon and polyester has the most varying application from small to larger items. Microfiber is a great example of a polyester fabric used for interior design projects. Microfiber is a synthetic is with extremely small diameter of individual fiber strands and is commonly produced from polyester and nylon. The result is a lightweight, comfortable and durable fabric that resists wrinkles and stains.

Silk: Silk has an incredible sheen, but is very fragile. It is also available in many textures, from velvet to smooth, nubby to soft. Silk is best used on pillows or draperies. Silk is often used in window coverings and generally holds up will if it is properly lined and interlined. Be aware, especially in Arizona, of the sun exposure to silk window coverings. The exposure to sun can cause the breakdown of fibers because of drying. Silk is also good to use on accent features of an interior design project; pillows, shams or comforters.

Linen: Linen is a fabric that wrinkles easily, but looks best when it is freshly pressed. Linen is a natural fiber fabric that works best on interior fashion items that typically do not move as part of their function. Wrinkles can be decreased by using a linen / synthetic blend. This fabric is one that stains easily and requires professional care for stain removal and cleaning. High quality linen will provide many years of use because of its strength and durability.

Acrylic: Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that is known for its soft hand and wool-like texture. Acrylic fabric is resistant to sunlight, does not shrink and retains color, making it a perfect choice for home decorating. It can have a woven appearance or fiber loops that add to its softness. Chenille is a common acrylic fabric that is used for upholstery, bedding, slipcovers and decorative pillows.

Denim: Denim can be durable, but it also gives a casual look. This is often best suited for children’s rooms and family rooms. Denim does not always have to be blue either. It can be dyed to many colors including black and red.

Choosing Colors and Patterns

Selecting colors and patterns is the next progression of understanding the proper use of fabrics in an interior design project. Many times the best way to select a fabric is to go with your instincts.

Color and pattern selection is something our designers at Brandt’s Interiors know well. Give us a call for a consultation or let our designers create the perfect interior fashions for your home.

Our designers can be reached at: 602 996 3040

Here are a few examples of fabrics we carry that can be viewed in our showroom.


Brandt’s opened its doors in Arizona over a half century ago in 1947. A lot has happened over the years; but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing Arizona and the design community with exceptional service and products.

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2017.05.27 Written by villa interior designers in hyderabad
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