Selecting Furniture Fabrics: Fabric Swatches Can Help You Decide Faster

Selecting the right fabrics for your home furniture can be a daunting task. Not only are there nearly endless options for you to select from in terms of color and texture. You also have to make sure that it works with the design scheme that you are trying to create in your space. Durability can also be a concern as well. Given these concerns, here are a few reasons why you should start with fabric swatches first.


This year color trends have shifted to natural themes, meaning that the muted colors of nature are excellent for bring a sophisticated tone to your home. For a modern, city appeal go with the color of the year, and indulge in some rich wine or berry colored fabrics for your home. Regardless of the options that you select, incorporating the fabric colors into your existing décor must be done with care.

This is why it is so important to view the fabrics in person. If you are unable to visit the Viesso showroom personally, you can order fabric swatches in nearly any color or eco-friendly material. We recommend that you actually bring the swatches into your space and place them against the items that you want the fabrics to complement. This is the best way to ensure that the fabrics are going to work well in your home.


The texture of the fabrics that you select for your home must serve both your practical needs and design expectations. In selecting the texture of the fabrics for your space, it is important to take into account the other fabric options that will be selected for the room. Thicker fabrics such as cotton or canvas are ideal for outdoor areas. Indoors, softer fabrics such as satin and suede fabrics can provide a softer, more relaxed appeal.

When it comes to bedroom areas, it is important to consider thread counts as well. The highest thread count sheets and bedding tend to be the most comfortable. Therefore, to create an air of luxury in your bedroom, and to match the bedding, opt for thicker fabrics for the furniture. Thicker fabrics are also helpful if you live in a cooler climate where you’ll want to shield yourself from that cold winter draft.

Practical Considerations

While you may have fallen in love already with a specific fabric, it is important to consider how well it will work in your home. For high traffic areas of the home, easy-to-clean fabrics for furniture such as leather and linen are excellent. These fabrics can be wiped with a damp cloth or cleaned with a store-bought cleaner. Other fabrics such as linen must be professionally cleaned as the cleaning can cause the fabric to wrinkle and shrink. In most cases, suede can be fairly easy to clean with just a simple brushing. However, spills on suede may require professional cleaning.

How to Make Sure That Your Selections Work Together

If you are trying to figure out the best way to coordinate the fabrics that you will select for your home, start with a variety of fabric swatches. You should take the swatches to the room in which they might be used and see how those options fit the mood and design aesthetic that you are trying to achieve. By utilizing fabric swatches as a part of the renovation process, you can avoid the time wasted by purchasing the wrong fabrics for your home.

If you are not sure which options will work best, not only for your personal style, but also for practical needs, an interior design consultant can help. Viesso can help you to make selections that will work best for you, and see our fabric sample options here.

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