Adding depth to the walls at home
Choose a space in your house and add textured fabric to walls in one of the room. By doing this, you will add more interest and elegance to the entire home. And there is only so much wallpaper of faux finish you can have in an interior. Therefore using fabric on walls is a good idea. Plain fabric works especially when you are planning on having a busy room with lots of colors on furniture or colorful artwork. My answer is yes plain fabric works fine.
BUT, I believe a solid color should have some kind of texture in the cloth. Something needs to catch your eyes. This is what you need to get the upholstery look. Otherwise, you may hand up disappointed with the result. Furthermore you will loose completely the fabric effect including your investment too.
Stop and think about your fabric
The price of a cloths varies depending on the brand name, the nature of the material use from cotton, linen, silk, to blend fibers, and the weaving technique. For any question regarding using 100% silk fabric please do refer to a previous article title silk on walls. Considering that an average room counts around 40 to 50 yards of fabric, and then you will need to add labor cost for installing the fabric. So stop and think about your selection, choose wisely, take your time.
A tip for you would be to get a large sample and pin it to the wall until you are sure.
A few selection of textured fabric to walls
Below are some examples of interesting fabrics.
Velvet has a thick and soft surface making a mat and shinny effect. The walls of this library have a deep blue color fabric.
Fabric walls in modern interiors
The next two images are walls in a cotton fabric with an interesting pattern. It is the weave that makes it stand out. The fabric is a damask weave making a large marble effect, giving depth to the fabric. This installation is in a large master bedroom, and the work is still in progress. Other damask fabric has shown after these two.
In a contemporary interior, we installed a grey fabric in a dining room. This fabric is a linen with glazed finish. So the shinny canvas adds further interest to the fabric. Something is now happening. The light bounces on the walls.
Another material which pick up well the light is a taffeta. In fact it is a rather thin fabric. No special texture effect, but it is the threads that make this fabric shine. The fabric is woven with two different color thread. The shade of blue changes depending upon where you stand in a room. A taffeta is at its best in a medium or dark shade.
Small tip for you. Also, look how the fabric reacts to the light in your room. Turn the light on and off.
Additionally, a layer of batting behind the fabric definitively makes a nice cushion on any wall upholstery.
Lighter color fabrics
Next example is also a light grey but a doupion silk on this bedroom wall. I would recommend a much deeper color as the texture is only visible when close to the fabric. So you loose the doupioni effect (horizontal embossed lines) when standing in the middle of the room.
Now, regarding thin silk fabric, it may require a knit backing. This is one of the very few fabric that needs backing. In doubt, ask a professional if the fabric you have selected is suitable for this purpose. Will it work on the walls? Does it need a backing?
The silk in this room has a backing.
What about entertainment rooms
Home theaters are most likely to be in plain fabric. But pattern works too in these spaces. And in majority of cases, a darker color is selected from a medium to navy, burgundy or shades of grey. In the picture below, the ceiling and walls are both upholstered in a thick weaved linen. It includes the deep crown molding.
The last image presented is a bedroom. The panels are upholstered in a suede fabric. Because of the nature of the textile, different shades appears depending on the direction of the short pile. Suede fabric has a look very similar to velvet fabric.
Shopping for upholstery fabric ideas
Today we reviewed only a few types of fabric, suede, velvet, doupioni, damask, taffetas and linen canvas. Of course, there are many other kind of fabrics in stores. An excellent way to start is by looking at online platforms. Visit the website Houzz which is full of great interiors, browse through all the images to get ideas. Create an account and collect images that you do like. Remember the game is to add textured fabric to walls. Then, get some swatches of fabric.Take your time to collect samples too, and hang them on the wall. Sit for a moment in your future upholstered room and look at them day and night.
Get opinion from people around you, your circle of friends, family. After that if you still have no clue, seek for professional advise. First and foremost have fun searching.
Each home has it is own character. The choice of fabric depends upon several factors. First the colors you like and feel comfortable with, the style of your interior, the architecture and the light in your space. Do you have a theme? Do not forget the other elements that will be incorporate in your future space. Whether you considering wallpaper, paint, Venetian plaster or any other finish, the process is still the same.
Just a thought
Well, this is how I see the all process. Let me make a little comparison with clothes shopping. You might think that looking for upholstery fabric is a bigger task than choosing a dress or a suit. Pretend that you need to buy an evening dress. The dress is your main article like the fabric for your walls. Then you will not only look for a dress but for the proper accessories such as shoes, belt, handbag, and jewelry. So every object selected will go perfectly together, same thinking for your interior. Instead you will dress the walls with upholstery fabric. All accessories represents what you add in a room like rugs, lamps, artwork and so one. If you can manage that, then you will be able to find a fabric for your home. Keep I’m mind this experience should be fun and don’t forget to add textured fabric to walls.