Of all items of dcor materials used for interiors, textile fabrics play one of the most essential roles in interior design and interior furnishing projects. Today’s interior designers and home decor experts are lucky in the sense that there is a wide choice of textiles available out there that they can use for so many interior furnishing tasks. Many of these fabrics are used because of their texture, colours, style, patterns, and textile construction adds to the overall look of the room.
Many of the classic or traditional textile fabrics were woven with either natural or man-made yarns, or a combination of both. And in the early to mid 20th century, yards and yards of fabric materials were required to carry out even the simplest interior decoration works.
Interior furnishing are used for a wide array of works, ranging from the production of soft furnishings like curtains to semi-hard furnishings such as upholstery.
For effective interior décor, an interior designer or decorator should know when textile fabrics will be entirely pleasing and satisfactory, or utterly displeasing for any interior space.
The weave, colour and pattern choice must be combined well with all other fabrics and interior furnishings used in the interior space. All textures within a room must be friendly, as a rough and ready novelty fabric will never be compatible with materials such as delicate brocade.
Compatible Textile Fabric Combinations
Brocades, silks, damasks and taffeta fabrics can co-exist in perfect harmony, and are perfect for a shabby chic look.
A coarse plain weave textile with a heavy filler thread that gives a corded effect, un-patterned and reversible Indian prints, Cretonne, and monks cloth are fabrics that may be combined.
Fine chintz fabrics, wool damasks, splendid cotton, or lustrous satins are also very harmonious.
Pricey linen velvet may also be combined with it within the same space.
The scale of the textile fabrics pattern is also important. For example, large and bold patterned fabrics like brocatelle (a heavy silk fabric that looks like an embossed damask textile) would overwhelm one if combined with a fabric that has an embroidered feel, such as broche. This is a fabric similar to brocade and has small floral patterns. It becomes distressing to the eyes when a room is filled with varied designs in different areas of the same room.
Colours of Textile Fabrics
Beauty and colour of interior furnishing fabrics chosen will be best appreciated by contrasting busy coloured fabric patterns with plain un-patterned fabrics.
And when many textile surfaces are plain and neutral, it is necessary to throw in some interesting colour and bold texture to spice up the neutral tones and feels.
Interior Furnishing Textiles
The best home decorators and creative individuals, with a knack for interior design creations, understand the basic principles of choosing the appropriate textiles for each project or task. They also understand how to balance variety and monotony, and between contrast and similarity. Finally, there must be an understanding that as the years roll by, style changes must be considered and expected by expert interior designers, decorators, and creative artists. The popularity of interior furnishing textiles is just as it is in fashion; it is always subject to the whims of periods, tastes and styles.