Start with a mood board—a collection of scraps,
ideas, and clippings. Fabric furniture in a living room has much
to offer by way of color and texture. Organizing your thoughts
will help you solidify a unified style and map out your decision
making process. Play with different types of fabrics, bold patterns,
and pops of color. Simple but unexpected fabric choices are the
perfect way to easily create an on-trend living space.
When it comes to the types of fabric you use, lifestyle and
environment are key factors. For example, a high-traffic living
room, perhaps busy with pets and kids, may require a durable
and easy-to-clean fabric like cotton, chenille, microfibers,
or other high performance fabric. Or if your living area is
susceptible to environmental elements like direct sunlight,
you’ll want to avoid fabrics like silk or velvet that
can easily fade and wear.
Many designers and furniture makers will organize their fabric
options by material type, so once you’ve determined your
best choice of fabric; it is easier to find colors, prints,
and woven patterns available in each category. If you are uncertain
about a fabric selection, consider a simple and chic option.
You can always add additional color and texture later using
throws, pillows, lamp shades and window treatments.
Insider Tip- Most home furnishings stores will allow you to
take home fabric samples or pillows to see the fabric in the
natural light of your room.
Insider Tip- Take paint store samples while shopping to help
visualize fabric colors in your room.