I've been spending a lot of my time looking at fabrics for drapery and upholstery for clients. There are thousands of fabric choices out there all ranging in price and usage and it can often be overwhelming when trying to pick just one to feature in your home. One quick tip I have for my readers when choosing fabric is that if you are in doubt when you see it in a showroom or online, then don't hesitate to have a sample cut for you. Take it home and live with it for a few days. If you still love it after the trial period then make the leap and order a few yards.
Here are some of my favorite fabrics that I've come across recently. I tend to be drawn to more graphic, whimsical prints that will be feature statement in a room. The fabrics below depict fantastical scenes of interacting animals and mythical creatures. I would love to use either of these prints on an accent chair or ottoman. A small hint of whimsy in a room can help inject an eclectic aesthetic into your home.
Toile fabrics can come off very traditional, but when paired with minimal design the fabric choice can be contemporary. According to Wikipedia, toile is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme.
The two fabrics below when paired with white walls, lacquered furniture, concrete accents and stark decor will come off as a pleasantly unexpected touch.
My last 2 choices are reminiscent of the Pop Art movement. The prints below are graphic and look as if they they could have been screen printed onto the fabric.
Not sure what fabric to use in your home? Then give me a call - 309.371.6676 - and I'd be happy to pull a few selections for you.