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How to Choose the Right Fabrics when Decorating Your Home

Jan 11, 2008
Home decorating fabrics are meant to compliment a room. Beautiful fabrics can improve any space. Home decorating fabrics are used in upholstery, couch covers, slip-covers, bed coverings, window treatments, table coverings, etc. A room without fabric is plain with a cold feeling. Using fabrics, a space can be transformed into an inviting, warm and cozy place to relax and enjoy with family and friends.

Because they are an essential part of decorating a space, it is important to choose those that correspond with the other objects in the room. It's easier to pick fabrics if you are using advice and suggestions for a particular decorating design. Without any direction, your interior decorating project can become frustrating and discouraging. Instead of working toward your dream home, you'll find yourself caught up in a nightmare.

There are plenty of home decorating themes to choose from. Each of them has their own color and style. With a theme to guide you, choosing fabrics shouldn't pose a problem. For example if you choose a tuscan theme, the choices would include woven textures such as burlap, fabrics made from the abaca fiber and fabrics made from the banana tree fibres, savannah cloth and tobacco cloth. Tuscan fabrics tend to be heavier but they are very flexible and versatile. If you use the tuscan theme as your guide, these home decorating fabrics could be used for blinds, drapes, slip-covers and even perhaps even area rugs.

If you decide you like the cottage theme, you would include floral patterns and bright colors. Cottage decorating, with regards to upholstery and the various projects requiring fabric, suggests bold and colourful patterns. Although a floral pattern is the most popular in for the cottage theme, printed fabrics with vegetables or fruit are also quite often used.

Choosing the Victorian theme would suggest you choose fabrics such as velvet or brocade in rich colors of blue, green, burgundy and so on. Victorian fabrics are meant to be quite feminine as well as elaborate. These materials are used for curtains, bedding, slip-covers, etc. You might even want to trim these with lace, beads or ribbons.

These are just a few examples of home decorating fabrics used in relation to different themes. You must choose fabrics that speak to you. It's also important to remember that they can be quite expensive. Once you've decided on a fabric and purchase it to use in your home, you may have to live with it for a long time. For this reason it is best to be absolutely certain before making that final decision. Home decorating fabrics often require special care for washing. If you'd rather a fabric that is easy to care for, make sure this is considered when choosing fabrics.

Remember this is your space, your decision and it should meet your needs. There are thousands to choose from. By using available resources such as home decor magazines, home decorating catalogues, Internet websites and of course fabric stores in your area, you ought to be capable of making a sensible decision and appropriate choice for home decorating fabrics.
About the Author
Gaetane Ross is a Home Improvement Consultant who has spent over 4 years focusing helping people remodel and improve their homes. She also specializes in Holiday Home Decorating.

Please visit Gaetane's website at:

http://MyHomeInteriorDesignIdeas.com
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