An interior space can never be complete without fabrics and/or other form of textiles. Materials in one form or another forms the basis of interior décor.
From velvet to brocade, and faux leather to fine cottons, it is very important to understand the part that fabrics play in the overall look, finish and feel, of any space.
Before you can create a great interior design with any kind of textile material, one must understand the characteristics of each fabric and it relationship to other fabrics in the room. It is also important to know the use of each fabric, for example, you can use sheer fabrics for curtains, but certainly not as fabric for fine upholstery works.
Likewise, you can’t use tapestry material for drapes because its weight will certainly bring down the curtail rails and other fittings with a crash! Instead such materials are best used for furniture or wall hangings.
Cotton fabrics for example are great for cushion covers, drapes, light furniture and fine table linen. It is a fabric that’s soft to the hand, comes in wonderful patterns (bold or subtle), drapes and falls well, sturdy and long-lasting, and is easy to wash, iron, and/or dry-clean.
The next important thing to choosing the appropriate fabrics for interior spaces is choosing the right colours. Colour choice will either compliment or contrast with each other. It always depends on the theme or effect that is being sought.
Colour combinations can range from a monotone scheme, to a two colour contrast, three or four different but complementary colours. But not more than five colour mix in any given space. Anything over that will be overkill!
Finally, patterns and texture must be carefully considered before purchasing. There must be a good mix of textures within a decorated space. For example, a mix can be picked from smooth cotton, satin, velvet appliques, animal skin prints and patterns, faux leather, plaid, and roughly textured wool.
And patterns must not clash. Too many different patterns in one room are a no-no. It’s best to have a few patterned fabrics with plain solid ones, than too many pattered fabrics in one interior space.