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Article: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Fabric for Your Furniture

A stack of fabric swatches.  Choosing the perfect fabric for your furniture.  Rue & Williams alternative to Bob Williams

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Fabric for Your Furniture

When it comes to selecting fabrics for your furniture, the choices can feel endless—and overwhelming. At Rue & Williams, we understand the importance of finding the perfect fabric that not only looks beautiful but also feels right for your space. That's why we've curated a selection of wonderful fabric sources that make it easy to explore and order samples directly from our site.

Annette English Interiors great fabric sourcing inspiration

photo credit:  Annette English Interiors

But with so many options available, where do you start? When deciding on fabrics, it's essential to have a basic idea of what you want your piece to look like overall: consider the color, texture, and pattern that best suits your aesthetic.

However, it's equally important to pay attention to the finer details when selecting fabrics. While synthetic fibers like polyester are known for their durability, they can sometimes feel and look "cheap" due to the chemicals used in their production. The quality of fabrics and craftsmanship may seem like small details, but they can make a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your space.

For a more luxurious and sophisticated vibe, consider prints on natural materials like linens, cottons, wools, and silks. These fabrics exude a higher-end feel compared to their synthetic counterparts. Additionally, many linens and cottons today are enhanced with durability chemicals, offering stain resistance and longevity without compromising the natural look of the fabric.

Natural color fabric swatches flat lay

Moreover, choosing natural materials over synthetic ones can have environmental benefits too. Natural fabrics produce fewer chemicals during production, resulting in less off-gassing—a crucial consideration for creating a healthier indoor environment.

So whether you're drawn to the timeless elegance of floral prints on Ralph Lauren Home fabric or exploring other options, remember that the fabric you choose can make all the difference in transforming your space into a stunning oasis of style and comfort.

Ralph Lauren fabric swatch cream with blue floral

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