Fabrics soften a room, add pattern, color and texture, and more importantly, define focal points within a room. Architectural details like dramatic archways and gilded ceilings along with materials such as rich wood floors and carved cabinetry are showcased by fabrics that add a personalized touch to your home.

When planning a kitchen remodel, bathroom renovation or room addition, it’s important to consider how that space will be used and how fabrics can dress the finished room. The following examples provide some guidance to help you stylize your new renovation, or can serve as design ideas for your home remodeling project.


Modern and contemporary fabrics often have geometric patterns and focus on simplicity. Clean lines, minimalism, and furniture with exposed legs are often décor which works well in both contemporary and modern spaces. The use of glass and metal materials and vibrant pops of color, as well as sleek, simple architecture, are hallmarks of mid-century and post-century design. This modern kitchen remodel mirrors the elements of contemporary fabrics through the use of linear architecture, unadorned cabinetry, and subtle flooring.


Sheer fabrics such as organza or chiffon are wispy and airy. Nautical design is ideal for these flowing fabrics as they keep the design light and bright. Crisp whites, blues, pastels and muted colors along with minimal texture provide a sense of serenity. Architecture elements that allow sunlight as well as utilize open floor plans are ideally suited for these lightweight fabric options. This beachy living room has high ceilings with exposed beams, plenty of natural lighting and muted wall colors; classic elements that mimic the breezy style of sheer fabrics.


Chintz, often used in shabby chic and cottage design, is one of the most feminine of fabric options. From cabbage rose prints to paisleys, chintz works well with soothing pastel tones, or in contrast to dark, dramatic spaces. Architecture elements such as the carved details on this foyer staircase as well as the muted wall colors, simple flooring and cabinet selections are classic design choices for these busy, but beautiful fabrics.


Woven fabrics such as tapestries are typical fabric choices for Mediterranean, southwestern and craftsman style design. These sturdy fabrics are more masculine in nature and lend themselves to large, architectural statement designs. They are also quite durable and are ideally suited for families. Rich. dark wood finishes on wide plank hardwood floors and over-sized trim, moldings and mantles are commonly featured with woven fabrics. Hardwoods such as cherry, mahogany, and oak as well as natural elements like granite, travertine, and quartz naturally lend themselves to the nature of woven fabrics. This living room is inviting and warm thanks to the beautiful wood architecture and rich color choices that draw on the textures of tapestry style fabrics.


Embroidered fabrics are traditionally connected to Asian-inspired designs where bright, bold embroidery adds dramatic textural and color interest against dark, smooth finishes. Saturated primary colors such as reds, blues, yellows and black are ideal accent wall color choices as seen in this Asian-inspired master bedroom. Brass and oiled bronze hardware with dark floors and woodwork or luxurious, layered rugs are often featured together with embroidered fabrics. Simple, minimalistic architectural elements often frame scenic views or showcase keepsakes with built-in alcoves. Cabinetry and trim details often are nature-inspired or feature circle motifs.


Linen, hemp and organic fiber fabrics have unique properties which naturally lend themselves to organic-inspired design. The rough, uneven textures of these green-friendly fibers work well with sustainable materials such as bamboo, cork and recycled glass. Natural wood tones and pale greens also are well suited for these sustainable fabrics. Simple architectural details found in Shaker style cabinets or wood grains such as knotted Adler flooring are ideal for earthy designs like this cheery kitchen.


French provincial and Italian baroque both use intricate, carved details and are ideally suited to the ornate nature of embellished fabrics and velvets. Rich gold and silver metallic elements, trompe l’oeil painted walls, and crystal chandeliers frequently accompany these sophisticated fibers. Lavish architecture such as elaborately trimmed archways and gilded ceilings complement marble and light reflecting materials in these opulent spaces. This Parisian style bathroom renovation is a perfect example of design based on brocade fabrics.

No matter your selection, fabrics tell a story about your design preferences and unify a room. Whether remodeling a kitchen or bath or adding additional space look to fabrics that you love and make you feel comfortable in your home. Use these fabric elements to inspire design that embraces the style that is uniquely you!


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Photo Credits:

Contemporary and Modern Print Fabrics
• Airoom | Contemporary – buyfabrics.com

Organza, Chiffon and Sheer Fabrics
village-architects.com (Tequesta, FL) | Organza – orifashion.cn

Chintz and Floral Fabrics
karenjoyinteriors.com (Weston, MA) | Chintz – madaboutfabrics.com

Tapestry and Woven Fabrics
obeliskhome.com (Springfield, MO) | Craftsman Fabric – onlinefabricstore.net

Linen and Hemp Fabrics
• (Wellesley Hills, MA) | Linen – archiexpo.com

Brocade and Velvet Fabrics
• Airoom | Brocade – bigdaddygypsy.com