Fabric is a beautiful way to add softness, texture, and interest to your home. Here are a few of the best home decor ideas using fabric.
Buying fabric by the yard can be an easy and affordable way to create a decorating scheme for your home that is coordinated and cohesive. Whether your home-decorating style is an inviting farmhouse look, minimalist elegance, or you’re an eclectic decorator, when you sew and create decorative items yourself using fabrics that work well together, you’re able to have complete control over how your home decoration plan comes together. You might think that this kind of custom home decor would be extremely expensive or require a lot of talent and skill, but there are so many beautiful things that you can create for your home using fabric with very basic sewing and crafting skills. Today’s post is all about my favorite home decor ideas using fabric. Hopefully, you find an idea or two here that will give you some ideas for how to decorate your own home as well!
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Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Project
The type of fabric that you choose for your decorating project will depend very much on what type of DIY home makeover project you’re undertaking. Often, the same fabric can be used for multiple styling projects, which will create a calming feeling of flow and repetition in the final decorated space.
Upholstery fabrics encompass a wide variety of fabrics. Some have a little more weight to them, which works beautifully for window coverings and sofa throw pillows for living room decorating. You may want other types of upholstery fabrics that are softer and more flexible for table linens or any fabric that you will touch more often, such as with dining-room fabrics or for
bedding. You’ll also want to consider how often you’ll need to wash the fabric when you’re picking out the perfect fabric for your project.
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Decorating Tips for Using Fabric For Your Home Decor
If you’re undertaking a larger home decor project that will require a lot of fabric and be a little more costly, it’s a great idea to order swatches from the fabric supplier before committing to ordering many yards of fabric. If you’re using multiple fabrics, look at how well the swatches work together and view them in the space where you’ll be using them to decorate before choosing your color-scheme palette. Be sure to look at them throughout the day in different lighting conditions to see how the colors and textured elements appear under different levels of light such as natural light, overhead light, and when you turn on the lamps.
Take a moment to compare the fabrics to existing furnishings in the room that you’ll be using with the fabrics, such as upholstered furniture, rugs, metals, wicker, and wood tones to make sure everything will work well together.
Once you’ve chosen your fabrics and placed them in your home, it can be helpful to carry your swatch bundle around with you in your handbag (if you use one) so that you’re always able to compare your colors if you get inspired to make any new interior-design purchases for your home.
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Decorating Inspiration for Easy Fabric Home Decor Ideas
There are so many stylish items that you can create for your home using fabric. The first home-decorating ideas that will probably come to mind for most people are decorative cushions or throw pillows, and that’s a great place to start when you’re beginning to consider different fabric decoration ideas.
Pillows can be as complicated and intricately detailed or as simple as you have the time and skill for. In most cases, the best way to approach pillow-making is to focus on finding a beautiful, high-quality fabric rather than focus on trying to come up with a really complex pattern. This beautiful pillow was created using my simple ten-minute pillow method and a stunning silk linen matka fabric.
Fabric tablecloths, dinner napkins, and table runners are also incredibly easy to sew and can really elevate your place settings for a special meal. If you can sew in a straight line, you can make your own coordinated linens to set an impressive table.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious with your room ideas, you might be surprised to find that you can even sew your own curtains quite easily. With a beautiful fabric and some curtain rings with clips, sewing curtains is no more difficult than sewing a very large dinner napkin. You may wish to add a layer of fabric lining to block out the light if your fabric is on the thinner side, but many fabrics really show off their texture when the light shines through them. Simple linen or velvet curtains are always a classic and timeless addition to any space.
For a fabric idea that doesn’t require any sewing, consider fabric wallpaper as a wall art option that will add warmth and coziness to your space.
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More Decorating Projects With Fabric
It can be fun to take on smaller fabric projects during the holidays to give your Christmas decorations a custom look. If you have leftover home decor fabrics from pillow projects, you can easily sew your own custom Christmas stockings to match your decor perfectly.
When wrapping gifts or decking the halls, consider cutting or ripping strips of fabric to use as ribbons to adorn presents and wreaths in the entryway and the staircase.
Do you decorate your home with fabric by the yard? What have been some of your favorite decorating projects with fabric?
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.