Choosing Plain or Patterned Upholstery Fabric: Some Things to Think About

There are plenty of options on the market today for anyone who is interested in decorating their home to their specific tastes and requirements. With a huge range of furniture options, curtain fabrics, rugs and carpets, there is seemingly something to suit every preference and interior design, and with upholstery fabric there is no difference.…

There are plenty of options on the market today for anyone who is interested in decorating their home to their specific tastes and requirements. With a huge range of furniture options, curtain fabrics, rugs and carpets, there is seemingly something to suit every preference and interior design, and with upholstery fabric there is no difference.

With that said, all of this choice can make it more difficult that ever before to find the right upholstery material for your home. With a huge array of different materials, different piles, photosynthetically or blends, patterns and colors, selecting one that meets all your requirements can take a great amount of consideration and time spent window shopping.

Choosing whether to go for patterned or plain upholstery fabric is one question that many people debate over. Once a choice is made in this department, it can be easier to narrow down the selection of fabrics and get a step closer to making a decision on the right fabric for a particular item of furniture in the home.

The first thing to think about when choosing between a patterned or plain material is the room that the item will be placed in. This is the most important aspect to consider, as the look of the item in its surroundings is the most important factor in whether a patterned or plain item will look good or be out of place.

Patterned fabrics generally work well in a room that is otherwise plain. Whilst a plain room can be boring for some, a splash of colorful pattern can add some interest to a room space also bring some focus to it. This works well if you have a nice sofa or armchair in the center of your room, as a great pattern with draw the eye to these attractive items of furniture.

On the other hand, too many patterned items can create a very busy effect in any space, so if you have a patterned rug, patterned curtains or some arty wallpaper, it is often a good idea to keep other items plain and not too eye catching . Patterns everywhere can confuse the look of the room and even be overwhelming.

There is a good way, however, to make several patterns work in a room, especially if you are keen to choose a patterned item but already have some the eye-catching designs in the space that you are decorating.

Instead of having only one pattern balanced with plenty of plain items, you can choose a mixture and complementary pattern that will add interest without being overwhelming. While keeping a main design – such as bold striped curtains or striking flock wallpaper – as the center piece, you can bring an element of this design to another part of the room.

To complement black and white striped curtains, you can choose an upholstery fabric for your sofa in more white white and pale gray pinstripes. A pink and white flock wallpaper will look good when matched with a muted pink flock fabric on an armchair. The key is to allow only one piece to dominate the room, including patterns elsewhere in a toned-down and complementary way.

Our final tip for patterned and plain upholstery fabric is to remember that patterns should always be kept in proportion to the items that they are covering. A large pattern will look great on a large item of furniture, whereas smaller and more elaborate patterns can look great on smaller items of furniture in a room.

If you are looking to decorate that large three suite piece, consider that the size of the pattern you choose will also significances on the look of a room. Depending on whether you want the piece to be a focal point in your space or not, you may or may not want to choose a large bold print, or instead just a plain fabric to keep things more muted.