Before we get into the question of how, let us first define soft furnishing. For those of you who are not quite sure what ‘soft-furnishings’ really mean, they generally refer to any fabric used for home decor. They include any and all materials from throws and linens to dish towels and drapes.
Now that you know what constitutes the world of ‘soft-furnishing’, let us see how you can choose soft furnishing that best suits your need and decor. Ask yourself some simple questions before choosing a soft-furnishing. If the answer to all or a majority of these questions is positive, then don’t think twice about that purchase!
- What is the intended purpose of this piece of fabric? – Where do you plan on using it? Is it meant as a table linen, a table mat or a rug? Have a clear idea on what your ‘necessary’ soft-furnishing list is. Don’t go to the shop with the intend of purchasing a curtain and then end up buying bed linen, table linen and doormats. Stick to the list!
- Can this fabric be used for multiple purposes? – Can you use this same cloth as a throw and a bed linen? Reusable and multi-purpose fabrics are a wonderful choice. Multiple intends for the same fabric will not only decrease expenditure drastically, it will also help balance your interior decor, as using elements of the same fabric in different rooms will help create a sense of flow between different rooms.
- What kind of fabric do I need? – Do you need an expensive satin sheet or will an economical linen throw suffice? Different fabrics have different costs, create a different ambiance and mix differently with other fabrics. Keep all that in mind, when you choose your fabric.
- Do I need to adhere to a budget? – A budget is something most people have. If you do have a budget, be sure to stick to it. Don’t go for extravagantly expensive fabric just because it looks good. With the right material and combination, you can make any room look classy with affordable fabrics.
Next time you go fabric shopping, be sure to ask yourselves these four questions. Happy shopping!