Choosing The Right Upholstery For Your Lifestyle

Believe it or not, selecting the right fabric that works for your home requires putting your lifestyle and design taste into perspective. In fact, here are some helpful questions you should ask yourself before choosing and upholstery for your furniture:

1)      Will it be exposed to sunlight?

2)      Can it sustain heavy wear due to children, pets & high traffic?

3)      Is it spill & stain proof?

 

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To help you make your decision for the purpose of practicality and durability, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of natural fabrics vs. man-made or engineered fabrics.

Natural Fabrics:

Fabric Pros Cons
Cotton Durable & easy to clean Not as resistant to soiling & wrinkling
Leather Forgiving & easy to clean Develops more character with age
Linen Stays clean & absorbs moisture Does not resist piling & fading
Wool Water repellent & durable Blended with a synthetic fiber for cleaning purposes
Hemp Durable Wrinkles easily

 

Man-made Fabrics:

Fabric Pros Cons
Acrylic Resists wear & lightweight Low-quality will pill in high-wear situations
Microfiber Durable & easy to clean Electrostatically charged; can pick up dust & lint
Olefin Durable & fashionable Low moisture absorption
Rayon Durable Wrinkles easily
Vinyl Easy care & less expensive than leather May crack with time

 

Now that you have your upholstery choice down pat, don’t be afraid to opt for a vibrant color. To inspire yourself with the latest color trends, you can refer to Pantone’s color trends of the year. Also, a pattern will add visual interest. Besides adding depth to your space, it just may help camouflage spills and other mishaps that are inevitable. Choosing durable upholstery is applicable for sofas, dining chairs and rugs, especially in high traffic areas. The idea is to achieve bulletproof decorating. That sums up how you can achieve your desired look that meets your needs.

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Muted Colors

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Muted colors are those which lack vibrancy or saturation. They tend to lean toward the more subdued end of the spectrum, while still creating a chic look with their subtlety. It seems that the muted colors of 2017 are mellow, but with a little more pigment than the pastel-looking hues that were in last year. In fact, the colors are perhaps more dusky in nature which emits a rich and warm feel to a space. Let’s take a look at how some of these serene and soothing colors can still manage to warm up a room.

Warm neutrals:

People have a tendency of finding new ways to bring elements from the outside into their homes with a sense of style. There is something about combining earthy colors into a space that is not only reminiscent of nature, but that creates a calm and collected atmosphere. A perfect example of these colors is taupe and a muted earthy green. Especially taupe or similar hues would be a great choice for upholstery on bedssofaschairs and even rugs! It’s a color that will remain timeless, and therefore would be a great investment when it comes to furniture.

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Dusky blues:

Among the other popular muted colors this year is dusky blue and in a variety of hues. It is slightly muted and quite sophisticated and reminiscent of the beach, but without falling into a kitschy category. Although this shade of blue is far from being bold, it would still be wise to use to accessorize your home. Opt for bedding,decorative pillowsthrowsottomans, etc. These pieces entail a much smaller investment.

swerfeGray:

Not just on the runway, but in home décor, shades of gray are the getting the attention they deserve. Grays in particular create a refined look in the home. Despite being a neutral tone, it is quite rich. Just like earthy tones, gray is equally a good choice for furniture pieces that you intend to keep for years to come. However, it has more of a modern feel to it.

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What do you think about muted colors in your home? Is it something you would consider?

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