Many of us tend to have strong opinions about the color we bring into our homes. We either love a bright pop of color, find ourselves drawn to neutrals, earth tones, pastels, and sometimes even black and white.
While we may have some direction when choosing a material for our next upholstery DIY, there are many options out there! Browsing through the different shades and fabric types can lead to decision fatigue and keep us from starting our projects altogether.
Here are our top tips to help you choose a textile so you can get started on your next DIY project.
We feel the most decisive response to a material based on its color, and it isn’t a requirement to choose a material first based on the color. We like to first choose a colorway that we feel most drawn to because this tends to be where we’re most opinionated.
If you don’t already know which color(s) you’re feeling most drawn to, here are a few questions to ask yourself…
What color sofas have I had in the past?
What we’re my likes/dislikes?
Would I want to choose that same color again?
Now you’re already forming a stronger opinion! Let’s keep going to help narrow down the selection…
What colors do you feel most drawn to and why?
You may not realize it, but most of us already live within a specific color palette. This color palette tends to match our wardrobe too if you can believe it! Think about it… have you ever met someone who wears bright/bold colors and patterns but lives in a black and white home? Probably not.
Take a look at the way you like to dress yourself or the way you’re currently decorating your home.
Is there a correlation between the two?
Do you feel most drawn to specific colors in these areas?
If you plan on incorporating pattern into your upholstery, this will usually include two or more colors. Don’t be overwhelmed by the choices. Continue to stick with what feels good to you. The idea of a bright red and yellow sofa might sound nice, but if it doesn’t work with what you already have, then it might be worth giving a second look.
Let’s say you’re browsing our website and have a few different options you’d like to choose between but aren’t sure which one to choose. You can choose to get samples of the various options and compare them against your existing furniture and decor. Once you find one you like, select the sample button, adding a sample size to your cart.
Bringing a sample into your own space can make a big difference! Having the selection within your space allows you to compare lighting, undertones, and textures best. You then have a chance to feel the finish of each material to make sure it’s the right choice for you and your project.
We like to separate our preferred materials into fabric, faux leather, vinyl, and genuine leather. Have you ever worked with any of these materials in the past? There are a few things to consider before making a decision.
We hope this article helps you choose material for your next DIY project! Without a foundation of understanding, sourcing textiles can be extremely intimidating, and taking the guesswork out of choosing a great material can be easy.
Always take the time to do some research upfront. Buying something for the color alone doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the best fit for your project. Always consider durability, cleanability, and texture on top of choosing a gorgeous color or pattern.
Most of all, enjoy the process! Shopping for materials is the best part of creating a project you’ll be proud to show off. We can’t wait to see what you make next!