How do you use fabrics in your home?

How do you use fabrics in your home?

The right fabric combination in a room delights your sense of touch and sight. It also creates harmony within the room and fits the functional needs of your family. When I start digging into interior design brainstorming sessions with my clients, topics like colors and lighting pop up almost immediately. Don’t forget about fabrics! The cool, smooth feel of leather makes a room feel very different than the warm and soft embrace of microfiber. Here are few tips for choosing fabrics in your home:

Understanding Fabrics

The first thing you need to understand is that when I speak of fabrics, I am typically referring to textiles made from fibers. In some cases, I may expand the idea of fabrics to include non-fiber compositions that can play the same role as fibers. For instance, leather is not a fabric, but it can cover a couch just like microfiber can.

You use fabrics all over your home, whether you realize it or not. You may have a fabric couch or living room set. I bet your curtains are made of fabric and so are the sheets and comforter in your master bedroom. Carpeting is also fabric, as are the throws on the couch and your pillow cases. Fabrics are a big part of your home and deserve ample consideration during an interior redesign.


A well-designed room greets the senses on a variety of levels. It is not enough for something to just look good from a distance; it should also feel good to the touch. We interact with the fabrics in our homes more than we might realize. Have you ever taken off your shoes and enjoyed how your toes sink into plus new carpet? Have you wrapped yourself in a warm comforter so soft it felt like you were embraced by a cloud? These tactile sensations play a large role in how comfortable you feel in any given room of your home. Before you purchase any fabric, make sure you touch it. Run your fingers along a carpet sample and lie down on a new couch and see how it feels against your cheek.  If a fabric feels scratchy or uncomfortable in a store, it will feel the same way at home.


Visuals matter as well, especially when you want to achieve a harmonious style for your room or home. Different fabrics project colors in different ways. They also capture light in unique ways. Think about holding a swath of silk in one palm and a swath of corduroy in the other. Even if both samples are a pale rose color, the hue will look different within each fabric. Additionally, when you move the fabrics under a light, you’ll see that the silk shines and the corduroy probably doesn’t. Think about how the type of fabrics you choose will look within your home, and make sure to test fabric samples in natural sunlight and in you room’s lighting before making a purchase.


Good design is all about hidden functionality. White silk curtains will make a lovely statement in your living room, but if you have dogs or small children, those curtains may not stay white for long. Your fabrics must be a good fit for the realities of your family. This may mean passing up more sensitive or stain-keeping fabrics in favor of durable, stain-resistant options if you have pets, small children or a hobby that can sometimes get messy.

If all this talk of fabrics has your head spinning, let me help you set things straight. If you live in San Diego or Los Angeles, I would be happy to answer your fabric questions and see if I can help you choose the perfect fabrics for your home! Contact me today.