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Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious such as selecting a color, the single biggest factor in fabric selection, or how it feels to touch. However, since it's always good to take your own special needs into account, here are some other factors you might want to consider.

Fabric Style

Each fabric has its own style so choose one that will look good not only in your home, but also on the sofa you are choosing.

  • Your fabric choice should approximate the style and character of the piece it is covering. For example, a traditional fabric would look better on a traditional style of frame. That said if you have an adventurous sense of style and know how to merge two very different ones together, go for it.
Some fabrics appear casual, while others might look more formal. Choose a fabric that echoes your own style or theme that you have established throughout the home.
  • Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.

Fabric Color

Often we choose color before making any other choices regarding a sofa fabric. Maybe it is because it makes the strongest impact and is the first thing we see when making a selection.

  • Color is the single most important reason people choose a fabric, so make sure your color choice is one you can live with happily for a long time. For instance, it may be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large.
  • Avoid delicately colored fabrics around children and pets.
  • To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Since warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room, make sure you’re choosing the right fabric for the right mood.
  • Avoid trendy colors, unless you happen to really like them. Color trends come and go so be careful. What if you don't consider eggplant attractive in the first place? Will you be able to live with a color even when its popularity wanes?

 

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