|Upholstery details can add an aesthetic
appeal to sofas and chairs that plain upholstery does not
provide. You can also find practicality in upholstery details
such as pleated slipcovers that protect furniture from the
energetic messiness of children and pets. Because pleated
slipcovers look some like quality upholstery, no one will
ever guess that a couch or chair hasn't been covered with
Upholstery fabric that gently contrasts with each other is
kind of detail that modernizes an older chair or sofa. Instead
of applying striped fabric vertically, allow the stripes to
cross horizontally on a piece of furniture. This gives chairs
or couches an updated look that is also an affordable way
to renovate a living room or den.
Nailhead designs which actually uses the silver, gold or colored
heads of decorative nails provides detail to sofas that are
set away from walls where the backs of sofas can be seen.
Nailhead colors can enhance upholstery that has a solid, darker
color, such as blacks, greens and blues.
An upholstery detail called "diamond tufting" gives
addition dimension to headboards, chairs and sofas that are
covered in tight-back upholstery. Although the pattern is
considered more traditional than others, it has a modern feel
that lends an upscale and elegant appearance to rooms meant
for entertaining and dining.
Channel tufting creates deep grooves in sofa backs that separate
"tufted" areas of fabric that are about three inches
in width. Interior decorators use channel tufting to give
furniture a vintage look that is not only cushiony but symmetrically
Button tufting is similar to channel tufting only buttons
are used to create deep wells in the backs and seats of sofas
and chairs. Button tufting is usually reserved for leather
upholstery but can be applied to other fabrics. This type
of detail would look great on furniture in a den or a "man-cave
due to its masculine appearance.
Gimp is a type of narrow trim usually crafted from wool, cotton
or silk materials that is stiffened by having a cord or wire
braided through it. Gimp comes in a variety of colors and
designs and adds charm to upholstery fabrics that exhibit
rough edges or need a decorative touch that also functions
as a hem.
When choosing your upholstery fabric, remember to consider
how much it is going to be used and whether it will blend
seamlessly with the decor of the room in which you are placing
the furniture. Although you might fall in love with a certain
kind of upholstery at the store or in a catalogue, it might
not be suitable for the piece of furniture you wish to cover.
In addition, consider where the furniture is going to be located
in the room. Will sunlight be streaming in and falling on
the upholstery? If so, check with your decorator to make sure
the type of upholstery you choose is not subject to fading
or discoloration. The detail specifications you wish to have
implemented on your furniture may make some fabrics more susceptible
to ultraviolet damage.
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