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How to Shop for Fabric Living Room Furniture

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A living room should be just that: a room that you can live in. It should be beautiful and comfortable, but also practical and functional. Choosing fabric furniture is one way to achieve your desired look as well as an easy-to-maintain functionality.

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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.

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