Top tips on how to choose a fabric (posted 11th March 2016)
If, like me, you're looking to choose a fabric because you're in the process of designing or re-designing your home here are a few top tips from Suna Interior Design's designers. We have a lovely, large fabric room full of some of the most beautiful fabrics, so deciding where to start can be a bit daunting. But hopefully this blog will help to point you in the right direction.
Our green-floored fabric room in a state of organised chaos with sample books of fabrics and wallpapers, in the process of being rifled through for projects.
So many wonderful options to choose from... where to start!
Firstly consider the weight of the material you're looking for. If you're going to be having curtains made, you want them to hang well and a heavier fabric will help this to happen. If you've selected a lighter-weight fabric, such as a silk, for example, consider having your curtains lined or interlined to add weight and get them to hang well while still looking luxy. While we're on the topic of curtains, veer away from fabrics that will crease too easily.
Secondly consider the wear and tear that your fabric will have to endure. A sofa or chair will need to sustain a constant stream of derrieres and even the occasional Cinderella slipper. So in order to give your item of furniture longevity, ensure that you select a hardwearing fabric. The best way to do this is to use the Martindale Rub Test (also known as just the Rub Test) which will provide you with a measure of the durability of the fabric.
Patterns are our third tip. If you've selected a patterned material, keep in mind that you may need to purchase additional meters in order to correctly match the pattern of the material and ensure continuity. It's also a good idea to consider the size of the pattern in the fabric in relation to the scale of the room into which it will go. An overly large pattern in a smaller space may make the room feel claustrophobic. On the other hand a very small pattern may lose its impact in a bigger room.
Happy fabric finding,