How to choose a fabric

There are a number of different types of fabric, all of which are suitable for use in the home for different reasons. Fabrics fall into varying categories, you will find yourself deciding on design, colour, application depending on where the fabric will be used. Below is a guide to the different types of fabric which are available and how they can best be used.


Printed fabrics are available in a multitude of colourways, and can feature designs which vary greatly, and can feature anything from stripes of colour or simple geometric shapes to decorative African animal prints.
They are also likely to feature more than one colour or more than one tone of the same colour. This can mean you have more flexibility when it comes to the colour of your other decor as there are more colours in the print which you can choose to tone in with.
With most prints, it is sensible to select one colour from the design to accent in your other décor, otherwise the room can start to look a little 'busy'.


Plain fabrics tend to feature one main colour. Although they may have stripes or patterns woven in too, these will usually be in the same colour or a very similar tone.
Again, most colours will be available from the bold and bright through to soft pastels and neutrals. Plain colour fabrics may be available in a wider variety of textures such as a chunky boucle which can make them a fantastic feature.
Plains also have the advantage of enhancing other features of the room rather than taking the focus away from them.


Florals, stripes, circles – any fabric that has a design woven into the cloth constitutes a Decorative.  These fabrics cover a broad spectrum of colour and design from Naturals through to big bold colours.  These fabrics bring a lift to any room and can make a fantastic statement.

Sheers and Voiles

Sheers – are translucent fabrics, often with a soft sheen. If used alone as a window treatment, sheers are usually a decorative option, as they do not ensure privacy when a room is lit from the inside.

Voiles - light, semitransparent fabrics. Usually a plain-weave, sheer fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, voiles are also used for decorative purposes and teamed with drapes to provide privacy and light control if required.

Coated Fabrics

Many of our fabrics are available coated, meaning they have a backing applied which helps them to block out the light. Usually a lining is not required with a coated fabric. There are also special kinds of coated fabrics for specific purposes such as Thermaldrape® and Blockout. See below for details. For drapery use, coated fabrics or linings are strongly recommended. However coated fabric is not necessary for light upholstery, such as cushions.