X Factor Decorating: 7 Rules to Create Inspired Stylish Simple Decorating Using Fabric Texture

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Fabric Textures That Create Mood

It's hard to put into words exactly what gives a 'look'  the X Factor. Working out what makes it work so gloriously is not  always easy. Does it stand out because of amazing furniture, smart choice of textured fabrics, unbelievable curtains, no curtains and what simple decorating techniques can I use to capture the same thing? And will it stand the test of time.

The first thing I do is name the feeling it creates. Cozy, charming, sleek, peaceful, unusual?

What we are talking about is mood. And while we use things to create mood, mood is not about things. Mood is like magic. Wonderful.

Copying colour schemes or particular pieces to get the same result is no guarantee. Copied rooms often look kind of flat and hollow. So how do we invoke mood? One way is fabric texture. Let's investigate.

Texture in fabrics can create and emphasize mood. It gets rid of the two-dimensional look often found in carefully structured one color themes or minimalist rooms. Unfortunately, these rooms can feel soulless - no matter how expensive or well crafted.

Textured fabrics can create warmth, set the tone, style and even use of a room. A grand dining room often needs rich velvets, brocades, paisley and taffeta to bring it to life while a romantic bedroom wants softer voiles, pique, lightweight cotton and ribbon trims.

There are hundreds of different fabrics, each with its own textural qualities. How you use them is up to you, but if you take advantage of their distinctive features, you'll get the look you want, using less, more relaxed and less contrived. This applies not only to foundation fabrics but also smaller or detailed fabrics. Each additional fabric you choose with its characteristics creates a new layer of interest for your eyes to take in and appreciate.

7 Rules to Create X Factor Decorating Using Fabric:

  1. Name the feeling you want to create. This is easiest if your starting from scratch. If you're not starting from scratch textured fabrics can help you get the most out of what you have to work with. You can turn bland into WOW with just a few minor additions using unique textured fabrics.
  2. When selecting fabrics, think about what the textures represent to you, and what effect mixing textures can achieve. For example, denim cushions with wooden buttons sing 'relaxed' while silver silks and stiff linens wax 'uptown'.
  3. Think outside the box. Can antique, vintage or retro fabrics get you your look faster?
  4. Go for a balanced look in a room - fabric textures can calm and balance the rugged, masculine feel of some furniture pieces, going with strong, crisp linens will only strengthen the masculine side of the room, where cashmeres, voiles and ribbons will soften it.
  5. Each fabric has a personality that should be taken into account when decorating.
  6. Layer your look. Use a foundation fabric as your base. Layering fabric textures becomes particularly important in one colour rooms. If you are decorating with whites, pastels and neutrals, textures help you avoid flat, boring rooms and instead create a warm and welcoming spaces.
  7. Additional fabrics should add interest to build a story making each room inviting and full of atmosphere.

So be conscious and in tune with your fabric texture selections. This simple decorating technique is time well spent because the eye takes it all in. The tiniest details, not obvious to the casual observer, add up creating a unique mood and stylish decorating.

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