Choosing upholstery fabric may seems pretty easy and basic. To you, it may be just about the colors or patterns. However, here are some other factors the top interior designer of Simplinteriors School of Interior Design and Entrepreneurship think you may want to consider when choosing upholstery.
Fabric Durability: Sometimes durability is an issue and sometimes it isn’t. Every home is different, even rooms within the same home can have different requirements. When choosing upholstery with durability in mind answer these two questions: who will be using the furniture?
Will the furniture be in a high traffic area of the home? These questions answered will help you decide how durable the fabric should be. Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts (Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric), and tight weaves. Also, denser fabric lasts longer.
Fabric Style: Simplinteriors as a school of interior design knows that each fabric has its own style. So, choose the one that will compliment your home interior. Your fabric choice should approximate the style and character of the piece it is covering. Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern may work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one may be a better choice for a smaller space. Choose a fabric that echoes the style of your client or theme that you have established throughout the home. For example, a traditional fabric would look better on a traditional style of frame. That being said, if you have an adventurous sense of style and know how to merge two different ones together, go for it.
Fabric Color: We have found out that in Simplinteriors, a Lagos school of interior design, often people choose color before making choices regarding a sofa fabric. Maybe it is because it makes the strongest impact and is the first thing we see when selecting. Color is the single most important reason people choose a fabric, so make sure your color choice is one you can live with happily for a long time. For instance, it may be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large. To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Since warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room, make sure you are choosing the right fabric for the right mood. Avoid using trendy colors, unless your client specifically asked for them. Color trends come and go, and there is no telling how quick that can happen.
Fabric texture: When considering texture in upholstery selection, you have to bear in mind the look and feel of the texture. How do you want the fabric to feel against your skin? Relaxed or uptight? Materials like velvet and cotton will give you a soothing feel on your skin compared to materials like damask and satin. Velvet gives you a lush and luxurious look compared to others. When considering fabric texture decide it against the overall look you aim to achieve.
Special considerations: As a renowned Interior Designer in Lagos, Nigeria, I know that there are some other factors that you should consider before you select. And these have to do with
Placement: this concerns the environment in which you will be placing your couch. Does the room get a lot of sun, or is there dampness?
Usage: Are there pets that share the furniture with the clients? Or will kids also use the space?
Fade Resistance: Consider if your fabric is fade resistant especially if it will be placed in a room that gets plenty of sunlight, or will be placed close to a window.
Allergies: Does anyone suffer from allergies? Consider fabric such as microfiber for certain allergies because it is lint free and does not attract dust.
Activity: what activities go on in the place that this upholstery will be used? You can consider leather for places like the men’s cave knowing there will be drinks and leather will be easy to wipe.