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Room-By-Room Fabric Considerations

Tips for choosing the right materials for upholstery, furniture, window treatments, and more

By Jan Soults Walker


Fabrics introduce a layer of softness, color, and texture to your rooms. Here are some great choices to consider in each space.

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Fabric Decisions Abound

There's more to selecting fabric for upholstery, window treatments, bed linens, and accents than deciding on color, patterns, or solids. Fabrics have their own sets of characteristics that make them better suited to certain settings.

"Think about the end use of the fabric and pay attention to the weight and/or the sheerness of your fabric," advises Indianapolis interior designer Ashley Fruits. "Is it going to be window drapery or is it going to be both functional—for privacy—and aesthetic?"

If a fabric will undergo moderate wear, you may opt for weaves that aren't as durable. For fabric subjected to heavy use, however, look for tight weaves which tend to be more durable.

Keep in mind that the most expensive fabrics aren't necessarily the most durable. Cotton canvas, for example, is extremely tough and mass-produced so costs are low, while silk can be quite expensive and degrades easily in sunlight.
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by Lauren Muse

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