Fabric Trends

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Trends in decorating fabric cover the gamut of texture and colors, according to Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. “There is definitely something for everyone, but we are starting to see a trend toward plush fabrics such as velvets and mohair. And performance fabrics are making serious inroads.”

Experts report homeowners are favoring a broad range of color choices and are also mixing patterns and artisan accents. Those same authorities report that homeowners are extending their lives into outdoor spaces, and design is following suit with indoor-outdoor fabrics on upholstered pieces and a focus on neutral, earth tones and subtle understated patterns in fabric design.

“While the wide spectrum of neutral tones—warm and coolgreys, beiges, and whites—are still popular, we are seeing more color this year, in both printed and woven fabrics,” says David Buffington of Brentwood Interiors. “Blue is making a strong come back in both drapery fabrics and upholstery goods.”

Lynda Mosley of The Fabric House says, “Fabrics made from natural fibers such as cotton and linen are the most popular these days.” She adds, “Natural andgrey, as well as navy and most shades of blue are very popular.”

“Linen is by far my clients’ first choice at present for window coverings, says Teresa Zilinsky of Teresa Zilinsky Interior Design. “We also use linen a great deal on beds and pillows. Linen is an organic fabric that has a gorgeous durable luxurious look and feel.” She adds that neutral colors such as soft grays, creams, taupe, and whites add to the natural feel of the fabric.

Jones says chintz is making a comeback and for home decorators who don’t like the feel of chintz florals are still available in more textural fabrics. “Tropical leaves have been trending over the past few seasons, as well,” she reports.

In addition to natural fibers, indoor-outdoor fabrics are continuing to rise in popularity due to the fabric’s durability and versatility. The popularity of indoor-outdoor fabrics—also called performance fabrics—allows designers to accomplish designs that provide both aesthetic and practical benefits. “They are easycare, fade resistant, bleach tolerant, and are now being created for indoor spaces,” Jones says.

In the past, outdoor fabrics were somewhat stiff, according to Buffington, “and there were very few patterns or textures to choose from. With the advance of technology, beautiful woven textures and designs are now possible. These highly desirable fabrics are sun- and moisture-resistant, but also have a soft hand and are great choices fora comfortable indoor applications, such as living and dining areas.”

Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Redesign agrees, “The choices in color, texture, and design make it easier to include these fabrics within the home. Upholstered andslipcovered furnishings for bonus rooms, children’s rooms, and other heavily used areas can now reflect style and interest coupled with durability.”

Large prints are making an impact in design this year. Zilinsky reports she is seeing a lot of large print choices, “everything from animals to florals to geometrics. The key to the patternsare that they are so soft and muted that the pattern is an understated accent rather that a focal point.”

Jones says animal prints never go out of style, and that the current trend is snake and alligator reflective patterns, while animals themselves are showing up in prints.
Countering the trend toward natural fabrics, Jones says jewel tones and velvets are making a comeback. “Pink is a hot color for interiors, and teal continues to be a color favorite. Both work well with grays and other neutrals,” she adds.

Another trend on the horizon may be geometric patterns that are blocky and bold, being used tocompliment classic touches. Additionally, moiré silk, which is an older classic and features a rippled texture, is being used in new ways such as covering a modern chair or a plain wall.

Mixing patterns with solids is a growing trend, according to Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This. She adds that mixing soft fabrics with rough textures adds depth and dimension toa space. Print mixing enhances the combination of hard and soft by placing prints and colors that traditionally clash in relationship to each other.

The right patterns mixed together can anchor a design and be the statement a room requires. Experts suggest the key to print mixing is odd numbers. Odd numbers—especially the number three—just seem to make things work, whether you’re combining colors or planting shrubs. The key to successful mixing is to vary the scale, from small to large, of the patterns. A room should haveechos of colors selected, even if they are quite modest and understated.

Experts agree that fabric trends in 2017 are focused on bold and fresh, clean with a pop of color. With a steady interest in linens and natural fabrics and neutral palettes, the focus of colors and patterns is on accenting and highlighting the natural beauty of the space. The starkness of an all white or black and white space is on the decline and what’s taking its place is accents of color to warm the space.

Navy, along with lighter shades of blue such as powder blue and periwinkle, and greens are particularly seeing a rise, as well as an interest in the psychology of color. Regardless of how you choose your color and texture, the combination of color, print, and texture makes design fabric choices an opportunity for expression.
—Starshield Lortie

There are a number of area sources for decorating fabric including:
Brentwood Interiors
Brentwood
615/ 376-6361

Change Magic Interior Redesign
Franklin
615/ 275-9514

Decorating Den Interiors
Nashville
615/ 469-7334

Design Nashville
Nashville
615/ 556-0441

The Fabric House
Nashville
615/ 837-0000

Just Design This
Nashville
615/606-8450

Teresa Zilinski Interiors
Franklin
615/ 772-1481

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