Did you start a new home interiors project in the last lockdown or are you looking for ideas for Spring 2021? Whether you have a new interior project in mind or you want to spruce up your home to keep things fresh, I’d like to share some insights in my first blog of 2021 about how to use fabrics in your home interior projects.
Fabrics are at the core of my business and I now have a wide range of prints and textures available. There are so many ways to use fabrics in your home projects and I hope to inspire you with some ideas.
1. Mix Different Fabrics Types and Textures Together
I touched on this in my previous blog Top 5 Tips - How to Best Use Colour in your Home Interiors , how to mix and match colour and patterns in your home; this runs through to fabrics too. With different fabrics you can throw texture into the mix too. This is the time to be bold and creative! Experiment with soft touch velvets, linen mixes, heavy satins, organic denims, wool and corduroys; there are so many to choose from. I love mixing them all together to get a contrast and a sense of depth.
For me, fabrics being tactile is really important; I spend a lot of time researching my fabrics to get the feel just right and I want my customers to experience this in their homes too; that feeling of wanting to touch the fabric and run your hands along it, is what I aim to achieve. I started out using velvets and then introduced some satin and wool; my most recent new fabrics have been my Botanic linen fabric and my woven jacquard fabric that comes in Scaled 1 and Delicate 1 designs, all have a raw texture compared to the smooth satin and velvet. These fabrics are a lovely addition; they feel quite different but still have a sophisticated look.
Once you’ve selected the fabrics you like the look and feel of, you can decide how to use them- cushions, lampshades, rugs or a piece of furniture.
2. Use Fabrics for Upholstery to Make Something Truly Unique For Your Home
I work closely with a number of local upholsterers, each for different types of furniture pieces. My fabrics have been used to make stools, pouffes, chairs and sofas. If you have an old piece of furniture or something with sentimental value that you want updated, having it upholstered is an amazing way to breathe new life into it, instead of buying new again and of course saving waste.
When I was learning print design, I remember a guest speaker giving a talk and explaining that you can be an amazing print designer but you need to develop your vision to see how your designs will look on a product. This was music to my ears as this was what I was always preoccupied with. Now I'm entering my 3rd year of business and I’ve completed many bespoke projects for my customers, I now feel confident in this area and love helping my customers with these bespoke projects. My fabrics have even been featured on TV and have appeared on BBC 1 Money for Nothing with the fantastic upholsterer Sharon from @vintique_upholstery
If you have a project in mind and would like to discuss further I offer a virtual free consultation which you can book on my website.
3. Use Printed Fabrics to Make a Statement Piece or Mix in to the Room Design
Really think about how you want the fabrics to feature in your room. You could have a whole sofa or chair upholstered in a pattern for a statement piece, or use your fabric on smaller things like cushions and lampshades. As much as I love all over print and many of my customers are growing to love it too, I’ve also realised that some people love print in smaller ways. The great thing is it is up to you how much or little you use. If you’re not sure, my advice is to start small and just add a little more when you are comfortable with what you have.
To help mix up the all over prints, I’ve introduced some plain fabrics into my cushion and lamp shade collections, which include velvets and textured wool. These mix so nicely with a print, making such a gorgeous finished look for your room. My plain cushions with patterned piping are a great example of mixing plain and patterned together in a more subtle way
4. Use Fabric to Make Bespoke Curtains
Curtains can be a real unique feature of a room and add warmth. By choosing a bold print fabric and having the curtains made to your requirements, this is a great way to add something really special to your home. The curtains can even become a main feature of your room and you can continue to build on the colours in the print by choosing accessories to coordinate (or clash) throughout the room.
Like upholsterers, I work with a number of very talented curtain makers who work with my fabrics. They measure up and can also offer a fitting service, as creating curtains for your home is a bespoke service. Please get in touch if you would like more information on this service and again you can always book a free consultation via my website.
5. Upcycle Leftover Fabric Scraps to Reduce Waste
Sustainability and reducing waste from my fabrics, is something that is very important to me. I do this myself by creating other smaller products like hair accessories from any scraps of fabric leftover from the main project. I encourage you to do the same if you purchase fabric from me or any other brand or supplier.
There are lots of things you can do with it at home, or with your children, that are fun and easy. Some ideas - wrap fabric over a canvas to create a gorgeous piece of wall art, frame a piece to make an art print, cover books, make small bags or even simple fabric coasters (these could be the perfect accessory to complement your curtains!)
My daughter used some of my scraps for a zero waste fashion project where she demonstrated how the traditional craft of patchwork could be brought up to date! She’s always giving me new ideas so definitely get your kids involved!
I hope this has given you some inspiration for your home interior projects for 2021.
I’m so passionate about fabric and its uses. If you want to see more of my designs and patterns available take a look at the fabric section on my website.