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.