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The Best Uses of Fabric for Bedroom Interior Design

Have you been looking to refresh the upholstery in your bedroom but have no clue where to start? There are endless uses of fabric in bedroom interior design.

Sorting through lists and materials can be overwhelming and cause decision-making fatigue. We know the importance of making your bedroom a calm and cozy space so we’re highlighting which textiles we recommend for your upholstery project.

Different types of fabric perform best in other areas of the bedroom. We have broken down which kinds of fabric and uses are important to consider when selecting bedding, headboard, seating, window coverings, and pillows. 

Bedding

Suppose you’re creating custom bedding for your next DIY, kudos to you! Taking the time to select the suitable material and finish will elevate your overall design. 

Two things to consider when selecting bedding are the climate of the project and which design style you’re more drawn to. For example, if you live in a warmer climate we would recommend linen or silk textiles. If you select bedding for a cooler climate, we would point you toward faux wool (polyester) or mixed materials.

Top Textiles For Bedding 

Whether you’re looking to create a quilt, duvet, or pillow, you’re sure to find a few ideas below to help kickstart your project. 

Warm Climate

  • Someone that appreciates neutral-toned linen textile with embroidery detail will appreciate D3116 Driftwood.
  • Traditional Damask pattern lovers would love this textile in a gorgeous blue color: F2912 Chambray.

Cool Climate

  • This light and airy-looking textile is perfect for those that are looking for warm bedding: E8306 Cream.
  • If you’re going for that traditionally heavy wool look and enjoy darker colors then you might want to specify E5563 Granite.

Moderate Climate

  • This mixed-material with a fun transitional pattern makes for the perfect happy medium: F1353 Peacock.
  • Anyone who likes patterns like this embroidered, mandala-like pattern on top of 100% cotton: F5476 Pear.

Headboard & Seating

We combined our headboard and seating categories because they are similar in application. These projects require a strong material that can withstand stretch and pull in order to adequately cover the frame.

Top Textiles For Headboard & Seating

Crypton

  • You don’t have to compromise when you specify a Crypton material. K1807 Fog is a beautiful material that can withstand stains and spills. 

Microfiber

  • A great alternative to heavy or high-priced velvet is microfiber. This material holds up well on upholstered furniture and comes in a million colors. We love how K4102 COBALT looks in our DIY projects!

Cotton

  • It’s hard to go wrong when you specify a 100% cotton material. The KB351 Pewter textile makes any space look like a four-star hotel!

Tweed

  • For texture-loving individuals, we recommend the K7575 DENIM textile. This blended material gives the illusion of denim but is much softer to the touch. 

Vinyl

  • Just because a material is faux does not mean you have to compromise on appearance or quality! Our E7004 Chutney faux animal hide looks like the real deal and is an incredibly durable product. 

Window Coverings

We find that while many of our fellow design lovers find DIY-ing curtains to be simpler than furniture, they seem to have a more difficult time selecting a textile for their project. 

Choosing a material that will hang vertically on your wall is intimidating. You never know what might pique your interest! We’ve highlighted some of our favorite materials to flank or cover your bedroom windows. While we encourage you to source your material based on climate and light, we hope you check out all of the options below.

Top Textiles For Window Coverings

We’re taking a similar approach to when we specified upholstery for bedding and focusing on climate—choosing a material that can keep cold air out or let warm light stream in makes all the difference in your bedroom. 

Warm Climate 

  • If you’re looking for a strong pattern that allows light to stream through, check out E1353 Indigo.
  • The horizontal stripes of E4446 Cascade give the illusion of blinds with a much softer delivery. 

Cool Climate 

  • A microfiber material that comes in various beautiful colors: K4199 EGGPLANT.
  • This chenille textile is one of our bestsellers: K6272 INDIGO.

Moderate Climate

  • One of our newest textiles is sheer in appearance and heavy-duty in application: E3692 SNOW.
  • The geometric pattern of E1235 Beige would make a statement over any window. 

Pillows

When it comes to uses of fabric for pillows, there’s a lot of room to think outside the box. Maybe you found a high-end textile that doesn’t fit your entire bedding budget? Specify a smaller amount to use as an accent pillow! 

The best part about decorating with different pillows is that they are easy to switch out seasonally or with your changing design taste. 

Top Textiles For Pillows

It’s helpful to visualize layers as you build pillows into your design project. Consider how many pillows you will be adding to the room? Would you like one for the chair in the corner as well? 

When it comes to mixing materials, we like to follow the rule of three. There’s always room to add additional layers over time, but starting with a foundation of three will create a curated look. 

Faux Silk

  • The cozy pattern of D1054 Spa makes faux silk feel approachable. 

Leather

  • Those looking to elevate their decorative pillows will enjoy the rich quality of R8075 Olive.

Cotton

  • Our tried and true M8056 Pink is soft-to-the-touch and beautiful to look at. This textile would work for any style of pillow you want. 

Velvet

  • The velvet textile K5338 Ocean adds dimension and shine to your decorative pillows. 

Damask

FAQ for Uses of Fabric for Bedroom Interior Design 

Question: Are there hard and fast rules when it comes to where I use each type of fabric?

Answer: While we love when our fellow design enthusiasts think outside the box, we encourage you to read the Recommended Use of each textile under Product Details. 

Question: What’s trending for bedroom interior design?

Answer: We’ve been seeing a lot of layering with different materials in the last few years. Many people are drawn to a neutral color palette and use a variety of textiles to create interest. 

Question: What colors are good to use in bedroom interior design?

Answer: If you find that you’re someone who loves the color yellow, we say go for it! Keep in mind what you plan to use the space for when specifying textiles. Your bedroom is often a retreat for relaxation, so we recommend you specify colors that make you feel calm. You’re more likely to get a good night’s rest surrounded by soothing blue tones than traffic-cone oranges. Keep in mind what you plan to use the space for when specifying textiles. 

Question: How often should I change the fabric in my bedroom design?

Answer: This is entirely up to you! We love design trends and understand the excitement to try new styles. Of course, if you find that the materials you have are no longer working for you, now’s the time! 

Specification Simplified

With endless choices in the textile world, we hope this helped explain the many uses of fabric in bedroom design. We can’t wait to see how you apply these tips to your next design project!

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