Material Possessions

With the arrival of the New Year, you may well be thinking about how to freshen up your interiors. One of the best ways is with today’s wealth of fabrics. But it’s important to know which one is best-suited to what use.

Silks, chintzes and lightweight cottons work well in formal environments, where there’s less risk of stains or everyday wear and tear. They’re especially desirable for window treatments, due to their hand and drapability. But these fine fabrics aren’t limited to public areas; they can also be good choices in the bedroom for linens and decorative pillows.

When it comes to upholstery, synthetic blends incorporate the best attributes of several fibers, resulting in materials that are all but indestructible—a real advantage in homes with children and pets. (To take it to the next level, look for fabrics with stain-resistant finishes, too.) Other options include leather and microfibers. They’re not only good-looking but also easy to clean; a damp sponge and soapy water is often all you need.

Given the vast array of fabric types today—not to mention the wide variety of patterns and colors—making a decision can be daunting. And that’s why we’re here. Let us help you with the editing process; we’ll find something that works for your home and your budget.

By Louise Lange

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine