The Homeowner’s Guide To Soft Furnishing Selection
Soft furnishing plays a very significant role in transforming a house into a warm and welcoming home. Not only do the right furnishings help to set the room’s tone – whether casual or formal but also create an atmosphere of comfort and luxury. However, the mammoth choice available can make the selection of the appropriate home furnishings quite difficult for the average homeowner. Some tips to assist in the selection:
Many people end up being extremely disappointed because the fabrics they liked in the shop or on the website do not look quite as attractive at home. The best way of ensuring satisfaction is to ask for samples before you actually buy anything. In the event you are going in for a complete refurbishment of the room, it is best that you choose the fabrics even before you select the paint for the walls as it is much easier to find a complementary color of paint than the other way around.
Colors and patterns are integral to choosing fabrics for furniture furnishings and the choice should be made according to the use the furniture will be put. Avoid embellishments if heavy use is anticipated as they do not stand up well to wear and tear. Accord importance to texture; while silks and velvets can be opulent, linen and cotton may be more suitable for a more casual and cooler look.
While linen is a delight to use because of its cool touch, breathability, and durability, it can be somewhat frustrating because it easily wrinkles and requires more frequent ironing. You need to be careful in how to handle and store linen because it tends to break at the places the fabric is sharply folded or creased as the fiber has low elasticity.
Depending upon the thickness of the curtain material, you can choose to have them lined as you will be able to filter out extra light from entering the room and also cut down your heating cost. Lining curtains also protect the material from fading due to exposure to sunlight. The length of the curtain is also an important factor and can change the appearance of the room completely. While conventionally, the length and breadth of the curtain should be in keeping with the size of the window, you can choose to use extra-long curtains even if the window is comparatively small for a heightened effect. You need to be careful about selecting the pattern as large patterns do not look so good if the window or even the room is on the smaller side. You can consider adding coordinating sheers below heavy curtains to soften the effect and if need be to allow in extra sunlight without sacrificing privacy.
The choice of blinds depends on whether they have a functional role or are just for decorative purposes only. Depending upon whether you need them only for privacy or to block out bright sunlight, you can take a selection of a wide assortment of materials that include plastic, bamboo, fiber, wood or even other synthetic materials. Make a conscious decision to avoid the same blinds in all the rooms but instead, suit them to the décor of that particular space. You will discover that the most versatile are the fabric blinds because you get a really wide range of textures and colors that can be very easily matched to an individual room’s décor style and the furnishings. Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly suited to synthetic blinds as they are waterproof yet can be made to measure to make the space look distinctive.