How contemporary fabrics transform spaces

20 Jul 2023

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The right upholstery fabrics help create unique and personal environments

Upholstery fabrics: which ones to choose? Which materials, colours and patterns best suit the style we have in mind for our home? How can they be combined to achieve a result that is not only pleasing but, above all, unique and personal?

These are questions we always ask ourselves when furnishing a home. In recent times, we are learning more and more to give importance to the spaces we live in, to take care of them and to pay attention to details. Furnishing fabrics are fundamental, so important that it is perhaps reductive to consider them a 'detail'. As much as furniture and furnishings, they help to define the spaces we inhabit, to create a style, to transmit sensations.

Obviously, the primary factors to consider when making changes are the budget and the furniture elements to be covered. But if we want to achieve a warm, personal and cosy result, quality cannot be ignored.  Choosing designer furniture fabrics is essential to transforming your environment into something unique.

How fabrics can make your spaces unique

Designer furnishing fabrics of the highest quality and finish, such as those you will find in the Eurotessuti catalogue, are designed to elegantly furnish any type of environment. Their combination, colour and pattern variations must then be matched to create the particular style that best suits our tastes.

Fabrics are certainly beautiful to look at and contribute to an overall sense of style that is pleasing to the eye. But there is more, and it is a factor we must not forget: fabrics are made to be touched. Each fabric has its own characteristics that make it interact with the touch in a different way. It contributes to making a space more three-dimensional, transforming our environment into an all-round sensory experience.

There are proposals for modern sofas, indoor solutions, outdoor solutions... wherever we choose to place them, the best furnishing fabrics help to create a pleasant and elegant atmosphere - for all the senses.

We can opt for simpler, monochrome proposals, playing with the colour palette and the different shades and tones to create warmer, more enveloping environments, or cooler, more relaxing, more airy ones. Or we can focus on textile solutions with more imaginative and varied patterns, capable of giving a personal and immediate touch to the spaces in which we live. 

We just have to remember that fantasies and patterns are certainly beautiful and original, but more complicated to match if we want to achieve a beautiful, lively but also elegant result that is not too heavy on the eye.

Different types for a unique style

There are different types of textile fibres, each of which gives a different feel and style. Combined, they can create something even more unique in endless combinations. In general, we distinguish between fibres:

  • Natural, which can be vegetable, such as linen, cotton, hemp and jute, or animal, such as wool, silk, mohair and alpaca;
  • Artificial, i.e. produced by chemical processes from elements found in nature. The best known are viscose, acetate, modal and rayon;
  • Synthetic, i.e. produced by chemical processes but from elements not found in nature and originally synthesised by man, such as acrylic, polyester and nylon.

For example, different fabrics give different sensations and results:

  • Velvet, a fabric that, as we have already mentioned, is making a comeback thanks to colourful, modern yet classic and timeless solutions for curtains, but also for sofas and armchairs.
  • Cotton, another timeless classic, fresh, innovative and original, and recently increasingly chosen in its organic and eco-friendly version. Ideal for adding freshness, airiness and space to furniture.
  • Wool, ideal especially for colder environments, such as a mountain house, to give warmth, fill more space and literally feel enveloped by a pleasant and "cosy" sensation.
How to choose the right fabric and pattern?

A few tips on the factors and elements to consider when choosing fabrics for your interior. It is precisely because fabrics "modify" our perception of spaces, making them fuller, three-dimensional and complete, that we pay close attention to the choice of materials, patterns and colours:

  1. We start with the colour palette, the shades we want to focus on. When it comes to colours, it is always best to use moderation and balance. It is best to avoid too many combinations, especially between different colours, and prefer shades of the same colour.
  2. Balance, not only in the choice of colours, but also and above all in any patterns. If we want to vary, we try to choose patterns that belong to the same style in order to create a coherent and homogeneous result. There is potentially no limit to the number of patterns we can use, but if they are badly chosen, they can fill the room and create a suffocating feeling. Better to start with a few - say 3 - and combine them in the right way.
  3. Start with the living room: curtains, sofas, armchairs and cushions are usually the first things we work on because they are often the most used, but also because they are the first things we can change the fabrics on and immediately see how the style changes. An example? Cushions: just changing a few covers is enough to change the look and feel of our living room. Then we can gradually move on to sofas, armchairs, curtains, carpets... experiment and be daring, without fear!
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