As all good interior designers know, when putting together a look, you must think of a million different aspects ranging from colours and sizes to materials and texture. Your options are are almost limitless, and nowhere is this dizzying array of options more apparent than when it comes to choosing textiles. The fabrics we use in our homes for items like upholstery, curtains, and bedding have a large impact on the overall feel and style of the space. Selecting textiles, however, is also one of the most enjoyable parts of decorating, because there are so many wonderful, creative options available. Today on homify, we look at some incredible textiles from our UK experts.
This photo provides the perfect example of how using creative textiles, even very sparingly, can effect and improve the look of the whole room. Through its use of colour and pattern, the bright pink ottoman adds a depth to this room that would otherwise be lacking. Here, the décor in the rest of the room has been kept rather muted by using solid colours in pale and neutral tones and sticking to classic, simple furniture shapes. These choices allow the room to act as a stage on which the ottoman can shine!
This lounge and pillow are covered with a fabric you may recognise—denim. Part of the designer's Rock and Roll collection, the pieces are made from re-purposed jeans that have been embellished with elements like studs, patches, embroidery, and graffiti. In its material and construction, the furniture references puck and rock-and-roll aesthetics, while the vintage quality of the fabric brings to mind your favourite, over-worn pair of blue jeans, suggesting comfort and familiarity.
For elegance, opulence and sophistication, nothing is better than velvet. Surprisingly, it is also a very versatile fabric, one that works well in many different styles of décor. These deep blue chairs would look in equally as stunning surrounded by clean, modern furniture as they would in a funky, eclectic room.
The fabric on Catarina Ikat Wing Chair is made by hand using traditional South American tapestry weaving methods that involve very particular embroidery and dying techniques. The detailed process pays off, as you can see, in the creation of stunningly beautiful textiles, which are then applied to a classic frame handmade in England. The result is an incredibly complex and gorgeous chair, sure to be the highlight of any room.
In this photo, we see another example of how colourful textiles can make the room. This white, minimalist living room is brought to life rainbow striped pillows along the sofa. Their cheerful pattern brings some levity and style to an otherwise plain space. The simple decoration of the room allows for easy changes: you have only to switch out the pillows to give the room a whole new look.
Our previous photos showed situations where a single textile stood out on its own, but combining multiple fabrics in one space can also create a very attractive look. This living room features an array of different textiles with multiple matures and textures. Since all the colours are complementary, these competing fabrics do not clash but instead, combine to bring a certain depth and richness to the room.