There are so many kinds of textiles out there (both manmade and natural) that overviewing all of the possibilities available to Singaporean homeowners is impossible.
Generally speaking, textiles are divided into natural (cotton, linen, silk, leather, suede, wool and synthetic (polyester, acrylic, acetate, viscose).
Cotton is one of the most popular choices. As far as natural materials go, it is very affordable and durable. In addition, cotton is a breathable fabric. This characteristic makes it perfect for the creation of pillows, blankets, duvets and furniture covers. Cotton can be thin or thick, it can create beautiful curtains and even furniture upholstery. One of the few issues linked to the use of cotton is that it tends to fade with time.
Silk, wool and leather are more expensive natural textiles. Out of all fabrics, wool is considered one of the strongest and most resilient choices. This is why it’s often used in beautiful carpeting that will remain unchanged for years or even decades. Silk is very luxurious and nice to the touch but it’s more delicate than other fabrics. Just like cotton, it can fade over time and it requires proper care. Leather is the ultimate luxury item. It’s quite versatile because you can find home décor items made of actual premium leather, suede or even hide.
Synthetics like polyester, rayon, nylon, acetate and viscose offer a more budget friendly and often a more resilient option than natural fabrics.
Many of the synthetic materials can withstand fading when exposed to light, which makes them perfect for the creation of window treatment.
When crafted from quality materials and manufactured in the correct way, synthetics can look beautiful and expensive. Experienced interior designers know how to choose such textiles in order to give homeowners the biggest bang for their buck.
All of this sounds great but you’re probably wondering about ways to incorporate textile decorations in your interior design. What are some of the key applications? How do you combine different fabrics to get a harmonious outcome? Let’s check a few examples based on projects we’ve created for clients in the past.