Picking upholstery and curtain fabric, or creating a completely new room scheme is a daunting task. Here at The Upholsterer we spend a lot of our days helping customers do just that, so we thought we would share a few tips and tricks that we consider when creating sample boards for clients.


When choosing patterned fabric always keep in mind the intended end use of the fabric, for example large scale patterns work beautifully on floor length bespoke curtains whereas small repeating patterns suit smaller blinds or scatter cushions.

Do not be afraid to have a mix of patterns in one room, as long as they are cohesive in either colour or design, a combination of different scaled prints can really unite a room.


Equally the balance of colour in your room is critical. Generally using more neutral fabrics as your main base pieces and adding different prints and contrasting colours for accessory pieces to dress the room is a successful recipe. The colours and tones you chose will affect the ambience of your room, so calming tones and soft patterns work well in a bedroom and warmer tones with bold patterns work well in family living spaces.


Not only is mixing fabric textures pleasing aesthetically, it is a great way to make smart choices about the practicality of your fabric choices. Go for durable fabrics such as wool and cotton/linen mixes on sofas used in family friendly areas and your more luxurious delicate fabrics on curtains or in less used areas.