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The beauty of upholstered furniture and curtains lies in a combination of carefully chosen fabrics and subtle detailing that adds a tailored and luxurious feel. After having chosen the fabric, you need to find the loose and fitted covers, curtains, blinds and pelmets that suit the style of your home interior design.
Great details on upholstery can make all the difference – a strip of braid running down the length of a curtain, or box pleats that run around an armchair base. Because virtually anything is possible, you should try to do a huge of visual research, or refer back to ideas collected earlier.
Sofas and Chairs
When planning upholstery, you need to choose between a fitted or unfitted look. Fitted upholstery is close covered, meaning it can’t be removed from the main body of the chair or sofa. Loose covers are designed to fit over the piece of furniture and can easily be removed for washing. While unfitted upholstery has practical advantages, it does have a much more relaxed look and the fabric will crease more easily. Fitted upholstery will have a tighter, formal appearance.
Headboards and Valances
The combination of an upholstered headboard and a coordinating valance creates a luxurious look in a bedroom, particularly when textured linen or deep pile velvet is used. For a clean, contemporary look, choose a tailored rather than a pleated valance.
The style of curtains can have as much impact on the room as the color and pattern of the fabric. Designs range from those with discreet details to elaborate arrangements of swags. Even the simplest curtain headings, such as boxed or pinch pleats, can create a superb tailored feel. The best headings are those that stand sufficiently proud to hide the curtain track.
More complex treatments based on 18th- and 19th-century styles are making a comeback. But if you don’t want the look to become too overbearing, choose plain fabric or those with a subtle surface texture, such as silk or damask. The type of fabric that you choose will have an impact on the way the curtains hang, so it is important to experiment. Using borders or braid as edging is a great way to add interest to plain and inexpensive curtains. For a classic feel, consider elaborate curtain poles with decorative finials.
Fabric-covered pelmets are an inexpensive way to create a smart, tailored look and have the advantage of hiding curtain tracks. Consider a design with a shaped profile and also possibly add definition with braid.
Blinds provide a more discreet option to curtains but they don’t offer the same insulation to light, noise, heat and cold. There are many designs for fabric blinds – the most practical, all-purpose ones are Roman blinds, which draw up into a series of broad, flat folds with rods secured horizontally within pockets. Braid and borders can also be used here to create a discreetly decorative look.