Fabrics bring their own character and drama – don’t you think?
From the homely and comforting quilt passed down from generations to the lavish silks and shimmery velvets you got stitched for the wedding season, fabric imparts a personality and becomes a part of your house (and wardrobe) in ways you wouldn’t have imagined.
So why is it then that we don’t pay enough attention when making a selection for the right kind of fabric for the upholstery, rugs, throws, pillows, and whatnot? Not only that, but the choice of fabric is also important for the low, medium, and high-traffic areas of the house.
Let’s explore the world of fabrics by differentiating between the types and how to make the right selection for your living space.
What are the different kinds of fabric used for interior designing?
A huge variety of fabrics exist all around us – but we wouldn’t bore you with it. Essentially everything you pick and touch with your hands is a kind of fabric. The popular ones frequently used for home décor are the ones highlighted here.
- Natural Fabrics
Natural fabrics have a plant or animal-based source. These include Cotton, Silk, Linen, Leather, Suede, Wool, Hemp, Jute, and Ramie. Natural fabrics are heavily used indoors, and each has a unique look with some imparting a cozy and casual theme and others bringing in a posh, vintage, or contemporary vibe with them.
- Synthetic Fabrics
Synthetic fabrics are manmade materials that replicate natural fabrics in appearance. These include Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Rayon, Modacrylic, Olefin, Vinyl, Acetate, and Triacetate. Synthetic fabrics are usually stain and water-resistant so they are used for outdoor areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, they can work well with natural fabrics in other indoor spaces too.
- Blended Fabrics
As the name suggests, natural and synthetic fabrics are blended to make the likes of Velvet, Wool and Cotton Blends, and Chenille.
How to use these fabrics around the house?
- Keep things casual with the good-old Cotton. Deemed the “fabric of our lives”, it is vastly used in informal spaces around the house like bedding, slipcovers, upholstery, and for window treatments. Use this versatile fabric in low-traffic areas as it creases easily and catches stains.
- Keep things comfortable and smooth with linens. From table spreads to dreamy draperies and comfy pillow covers, linen looks elegant and sets a refined theme.
- Uplift and glamorize your living space with silk imparting a lustrous look and luxurious personality. Use it for accents in the room with low sun exposure and throw pillows.
- Keep yourself warm and cozy with wool for bedding layers, carpeting, quilts, duvet covers, and decorative pillows.
- Get the best out of your outdoor patio and furnishing with synthetic fabrics that are durable, water and stain-resistant, and easy to clean.
Don’t worry, we won’t let the sea of fabric get the best of you. Discuss fabrics and more with us and get a free consultation with a design expert at Mondän & Co. We promise to make your home designing experience exciting and stress-free with personalized plans that suit your style and budget.