Why is it important to purchase fabric swatches? Fabric swatches allow you to touch and feel the fabric and compare colors you’re considering for your home.
They are also helpful to bring with you to the paint store or when shopping for the finishing touches and additional decorations.
Since colors and textures vary, having a swatch of the fabrics you like is a great tool to put your pieces together. This way you can see how the fabrics work together. There are lots of fabric choices out there today, from natural fabric like cotton to man-made fabric such as rayon, which is why we offer so many selections here at Simplicity Sofas.
Another thing to remember is the fabric should compliment the style of the furniture and add to its character. You will also want to be aware of the room size as you don’t want to choose an overwhelming pattern for a small space. Make sure the fabric fits the mood of the room too – is it warm or cool? Don’t choose a fabric just for its color alone, be sure to use something fitting for the room and atmosphere. Always remember you must love the fabric. Since you are spending time and money on your upholstered piece, make sure you find fabric you will enjoy for many years to come.
You can order up to 8 free swatches, which will allow you to touch and feel the fabric and help you to visualize the swatches in your home.
Brand new this year are 8 new Robert Allen fabrics that we’re very excited about. View the collection here.
Brighten up a dull room by mixing and matching fabrics. Add contrasting throw pillows or a slipcover or two. When it comes to decorating an entire space or simply adding a new piece of furniture from Simplicity Sofas, like a small couch, it’s easy to do with the abundant fabric choices available. Are you starting from scratch and decorating an entire room or trying to find a full-size sofa or small couch that will fit your existing décor? Let’s explore some options and fabric combinations that may help you in designing a space that’s right for you.
There are so many fabrics available that will work nicely with any existing décor. One thing you need to think about when selecting the fabric is the room’s lighting and how it affects the color of the fabric. First, you need to consider the natural lighting. If your project involves a room that gets the morning sunlight, where you drink your mocha and read the news before heading out the door, consider light and airy fabrics that the sun can complement. The sun doesn’t alter these fabric colors as it might darker ones in this environment.
Even if you don’t have a lot of natural sunlight at anytime during the day, brighter colors can be mixed and matched to lighten it up a bit. The brighter colors will bring the darker room alive and make it an inviting living space. Adding some strategically placed lighting and a mirror or two will help liven it up, as well.
Decide what type of seating you need. If you live in a small apartment and want to just add a piece or two such as a small couch, chair or an apartment sofa; prints, solid colors, and small stripes work well. If you are trying to match furniture already in the room, a solid color would obviously be your best choice. With over 100 fabrics to choose from, you’ll be able to mix and match with ease. Ask for free fabric samples and get started!
Starting from Scratch
If you are starting with a clean slate; in other words, an open room where you can add a few pieces of seating and new paint color – start by figuring out which fabrics you want to consider first for your home furnishings. Try to select the fabrics you like best BEFORE the paint color. It’s easier to find a paint color to compliment a fabric than the other way around in most situations where you are starting from scratch.
As stated before, the room’s lighting will affect the appearance of the fabric color AND the paint color. There can be a noticeable difference between natural sunlight and various types of artificial lighting from morning to night. Certain colors can appear cooler or warmer depending on the lighting. Bright, natural light shows colors most accurately and can help determine the ideal color to use.
Fabrics with patterns can add interest to the room and make a sofa or small couch the center of attention. Again, don’t be afraid to mix and match a pattern with a solid color to compliment the grouping.
Your chair and ottoman can be a completely different color than the apartment sofa! Adding slipcovers and contrasting throw pillows can also change the look, whether you are adding to your existing décor or starting from scratch.
While fabric selection may seem like a daunting task for many, it is one of the most important aspects of beginning to create a space that you will enjoy for many years. If you have questions about color or fabric combinations, or need help determining which size sofa, small couch or chair you’d like, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you with your product selection and fabric combinations.
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