Let’s Talk Luxury Home Textiles – Fabrics and How to BEST Use Them!

I now have not one, not two, but THREE room makeovers underway at my house. It’s enough to drive me nuts! I literally have 2 things left to do to finish our Master Bedroom, but we started on the living room before I finished the bedroom, and then I got pregnant, so now we’re working on the nursery! Mercy! 

I’ve never really thought of myself as a great decorator. I don’t have a “system” or any training or anything like that. I just move things around until I like how they look. I guess that IS my system! (And I watch lots of HGTV and play on Pinterest quite often, as well!)

So when Paul Trevino and I got to talking about textiles, a few things started to make a lot of sense! (I also realized I needed to work on my textile game a bit.) He and Vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk were kind enough to provide me (and all of you!) with this post about textiles, and how to use them in our homes! Pretty neat, if you ask me! 

Decorating a home is more difficult than meets the eye. There are some rules one must abide by to create balance and make sure that all rooms look properly balanced. Color matching, furniture placement, wall painting and accessorizing might seem like the easiest job. However very few people know that home decorating is like a puzzle game. Everything has to fit perfectly for the end result to look balanced, attractive and modern. It all starts with the furniture; then we move onto the walls, and last but not least, we have textiles. Homes look incomplete without curtains, drapes, linens, and tablecloths. Home textiles make our living rooms and bedrooms feel comfortable. It is important to make sensible choices if you want your place to look luxurious and comfortable. Here are some useful tips to help you transform your residence into a beautiful, cozy nook.

Textiles 1

Understand Fabric

Before making any choices, one must understand the fabric. Don’t just choose cotton for everything because it won’t work. If you want your place to look chic and feel cozy, you must go beyond that. Satin, silk, polyester, wool and linen are great options too. You just have to know where to put them and how to blend them with the rest of the décor.

Polyester for example, is a durable and strong man-made type of fabric. It is wrinkle resistant and can easily be washed without dry cleaning; in fact, polyester dries really fast on its own. The main drawback is that stains are tough to take out. The most common polyester blends are in sitting areas, drapes and bed spreads, so you really must be careful when making choices. Another must-have fabric in the home is silk. It is light-weight and strong, easy to wash and maintain. Silk dries really fast; it resists moisture and features colors that do pretty well in time.

Textiles 2

Selecting Fabric

When it comes to finding a purpose for each type of fabric in the home, one must know that each has its own distinctive texture. The variety of colors and patterns is endless as well. Blend the right fabric with the right shade and pattern, and your home will have the mood that you desire. When choosing fabric, it is equally important to take the following factors into consideration: cleanness, fire retardant nature and purpose.  Texture in fabrics is attained through the weave type used in the manufacturing process. This includes roughness, smoothness and softness. Use texture to boost your home’s “feel”. Do you want to give your place a rustic, rural appeal or do you want to make it formal and luxurious?

When selecting colors, you need to choose carefully. Base your decision on the psychological and emotional response you wish to convey. Living areas for example, should feature warm hues. Accents of burgundy, pastel pink or baby blue are ideal. For a more modern ambiance, implement golden patterns on black curtains and table linens in sheer white. When selecting patterns, you should be very careful as these come in numerous styles – contemporary, traditional, geometric, and abstract. Whatever your choice, make sure to invest in quality.

Textiles 3

Solution dyed materials are durable and work great for window treatments and flooring. Both the pattern and the color are “locked” within the yard throughout the manufacturing process. Print dyed patterns are rolled or sprayed onto the material; this meaning that the color is not that stable and may wear out with time.

It’s tough to settle on the best mix of fabrics for your home. Before making any choices, you need to learn how to mix and match, as well as assess a couple of things. Do you have pets? Is your home located in a sunny area? Do you have kids? Does your home have areas with intense foot traffic? Believe it or not, these are serious questions you should answer prior to investing in fabric. Over the last couple of years, there’s been an increasing demand in fabrics that are recyclable and eco-friendly. Qualitative materials can go a very long way in a home. That luxury feel we all want to convey in our homes is not that easy to achieve. But then again, one must always abide by a prime rule – quality overcomes quantity. If you want your place to look chic and feel comfortable, stick to home textiles that are both durable and fashionable.

SO much to think about in this post! One of my final living room projects is re-upholstering two of our ottomans, and now I have a better idea of how I can choose fabric for them! Awesome! Thanks, Paul!

How do YOU use fabrics and other textiles around your home? What’s your favorite to work with?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

19 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Luxury Home Textiles – Fabrics and How to BEST Use Them!

  1. Thank you for all the helpful information on decorating! I staged our home last year to sell and it was definitely more difficult than one would think.

  2. I don’t have a great eye for interior design, but I go by texture and color with fabrics. We picked out great curtains and they match against the fabric of the sofa so we’re very pleased!

  3. Very interesting and informative article. I never really think about the different fabrics that one could use–but if I ever re do one of my rooms I certainly will.

  4. I love fabrics and textures that feel cozy and comfortable. I can’t stand having anything wool anywhere near my skin which is too bad because so many nice things are made with it! I love using throws and blankets to add colour to a room because they’re so easy to change when you get bored.

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  5. I have never thought about how decorating with different fabrics brings a classy feel to living spaces. I tend to just buy on a whim and pray it all looks pulled together lol.

  6. I honestly didn’t know this much about fabrics. I know that each one has a use though and it’s not always good to choose the same fabric for different things. Thanks for going into details about each one!

  7. We all are sybaritic in a way or two; however, home decor needs to be matched according to the preferences of the owner. This post is extremely informative for all of us; yes, understanding fabrics is crucial before you select or choose the best type of fabric for your home.

  8. This is indeed awesome information about luxury home textiles and fabrics. I go move for burgundy silk textures for my living room drapes. My furniture is more of a textured feel. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  9. I like working with bamboo fabric and organic cottons. i don’t use silk or leather since they are animal-origin. I love using things that make the home calm and peaceful.

  10. I love to put things together and I have the same attitude, Move it until it feels and looks right to me. These tips and ideas of make sense though. Mind you I am a cotton mama. We are all different so while one size dont fit all, we can pick some ideas or 5 here 🙂

  11. I agree home decorating is not an easy stuff & you need to follow certain rules to get the best of it. Selecting the best Fabric with a great quality & a color theme that goes well with your home is so important as well. Thanks for the great information.

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