To help you navigate these choices and find the perfect fabric for your needs, here’s an overview of some of the different types of fabrics used in home textiles today.
Tips For Shopping:- Home Textiles
To help your shopping experience be as smooth as possible, here are seven things you should know about shopping for home textiles. – Know Your Fabrics: Before you even enter a store, make sure you understand all of your options when it comes to fabrics and construction. Decide whether you should buy durable upholstery fabric or soft drapery fabric; think about how much wear and tear your furniture will see and what type of dyes or stains might come into contact with your textiles. You should also consider different types of trims and embellishments when decorating a room, such as piping on cushions or lace detailing on tablecloths. Don’t purchase items without knowing exactly what they’re made from!
Widely-used fabrics in home decoration
Fabrics made from natural fibers like an animal and plant-based materials are becoming popular. Here are the most common fabrics used in home décor.
- Cotton: Fabric is both versatile and common in home furnishings. Ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious, there is a weight available for any need. Cotton is durable and provides an elegant look and drapes well. It is also easy to clean – some items are machine washable and all cotton products are resistant to fading and pilling. Unfortunately, this kind of material tends to wrinkle and get stains easily.
- Silk: Silk lends a rich, opulent look to a space. It’s best used in formal spaces or for spaces used only occasionally. Considering its price, the fabric needs to be treated with a lot of care. It isn’t stain-resistant and its fibers will weaken if they are exposed to sunlight or moisture.
- Linen: Soft, comfortable, and resistant to fading and pilling, this fabric is lightweight and naturally resists bacteria. It is breathable, making it a good option for people with allergies. Available in a variety of textures, linens can provide an earthy aesthetic and visual interest to your space. Linens wrinkle easily and shrink considerably, so professional laundering is recommended.
- Leather and Suede: If you’re looking for durability, high-quality leather has to be one of the best options. It resists wear and tear as well as stains, it has an extensive variety of textures, finishes, and colors. With the right care, good leather will last for a very long time. Without it, the leather becomes worn and, with time, will also develop its unique character. It’s not unlike wearing your favorite pair of worn-in jeans. There is also a second type of leather, suede, which is soft with a velvety look. However, it easily gets stained and requires a lot of upkeep.
- Wool: Wool is thick, draped well, and versatile, resisting pilling and staining, making it a good option for high-traffic areas and households with children and pets. On the other hand, you’ll want to be careful to keep your woolen blankets or rug from getting wet because this can make them smell bad.
Manmade fabrics are created using chemicals and synthetic fibers, such as polyester, acrylic, and nylon. Manmade fabrics tend to be stronger and more durable than 100% natural fabrics. They produce pollutants that harm the environment, and chemicals within might be detrimental to people with certain skin conditions or those that come into contact with it. The most common synthetics are
- Polyester: Amongst all home textiles, it is the most popular because it is durable, soft, and easy to clean. Typically, it is blended with natural or other synthetic fibers.
- Olefin: Olefin is a type of man-made synthetic fiber often used in upholstery because it resembles the look of wool and is fairly durable.
- Rayon: Vinyl can simulate the appearance of different types of natural fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen. It resists mildew but wrinkles easily.
- Acrylic: The cloth can be machine-washed, so it doesn’t show stains easily, and it won’t fade quickly.
- Acetate: Not only does it take the look of silk but it also resists pilling, wrinkles, mildew, and shrinking. It also resists humidity. However, it does easily show up on clothes.
Lots of fabrics are made of natural and synthetic material and as a result, have the advantages of both. Some popular choices for home décor are
- Velvet: The drape is heavy and fuzzy, lending a beautiful soft shine to it that works wonderfully for heavy curtains in wealthy homes. Though traditionally this fabric is made from silk, it can also be made from cotton, wool, or linen, mixed with man-made fibers like nylon, polyester, or rayon. It requires a lot of care and we recommend that you have it professionally cleaned.
- Wool and cotton blends: Both wool and cotton come in a variety of blends with fabrics like polyester and rayon, which are resistant to wrinkles, fading, and damage. Keep in mind that you are likely to see a blend of cotton and polyester when it comes to the fabric at home.
Fine versus textured fabrics
Available in a variety of weights, a plain fabric may be a solid color with a few texture options. These come in a variety of finishes from a flat, matte look to a soft sheen to a rich plush. There are also plenty of texture varieties that make the fabric pattern more lively.
Fabric designs and patterns can be created in one of four ways: through digital printing, hand-block printing, embroidering, or weaving. An example of a woven fabric is a Jacquard, brocade, or damask. With Indian ikat fabric.
Drapery vs Upholstery: Choosing the right fabric
When it comes to fabric choice, there is no hard and fast rule as to which fabrics to use, but different features of the textile make it more suitable for certain areas. Fabrics suitable for heavy use, like sofas, dining chairs, and headboards, need to be durable and made of heavier, thicker material to withstand everyday use and unavoidable spills, and accidental wear and tear. Delicate fabrics such as silk can be used on sofas but are better suited for those that are rarely used. More durable fabrics, like heavier-weight ones or sheer fabrics, are better suited for curtains or cushions, for example. As well, consider climatic conditions such as humidity in homes with young children and/or pets. Woolen and more easily washed fabrics should be used for drapery and upholstery.