Decorating With Fabric
Have you noticed
how most cultures seem to have their very own distinct type of textile?
I’m slightly textile obsessed - I like to buy pieces of fabric from local markets when I’m traveling (and when I have room in my backpack!) as souvenirs, and usually, I end up using these textiles in my home to remind me of my wonderful adventures.
I just had to buy a scarf from this young lady in Mui Ne, Vietnam. She had her loom set up in the restaurant and was producing the softest cotton scarves ever!
Looking back on my travels through South East Asia, it’s no wonder why I’m head over heels for fabric – I was faced with beautiful textiles every where I turned.
Shimmering silk on the Cambodian dancers.
Fabric is used as decor for the shrines in Ubud, Indonesia.
Textiles are used in abundance to decorate this movie room in a Sihanoukville hostel in Cambodia.
It’s quite easy to transform a space with nothing more than a few textiles.
If you read last week’s post about my new Panama rental house (click HERE if you missed it), you noticed that I used some beautiful Indian batiks to cover the ugly upholstered furniture, as well as an Indonesian sarong (or two) to decorate the bed. I tried hanging one of my batiks from the ceiling in an attempt to create a more inviting interior (and to disguise the ugly acoustic tile ceiling) but the fabric dimensions were too small and it looked like I had taped a placemat onto the ceiling (definitely not the sexy Indian boudoir I was trying to achieve).
Luckily for you, there are many examples of how to put beautiful fabric to work in your own space.
Here’s a collection of both worldly textiles (batiks, sarongs, embroidered wool, etc. with heavy patterns) and also simple alternatives (solid colours, plain cotton, light gossamer) that can transform a lovely space into a fabulous space!
Draped ceiling fabric for a special event. (Image courtesy of kormmandos.blogspot.com)
A French canopy in the living room looks great! (Image courtesy of julianinterior.com)
Fabric collected on the ceiling makes for a romantic and whimsical space. (Image courtesy of jsinteriordesign.blogspot.com)
I love the hap-hazard draping of these scarves to create a gypsy-style bedroom. (Image courtesy of babylonsistersshakeit.blogspot.com)
This Marimekko Kaivo canopy is so simple, yet it adds a vital pop of colour to this space and plenty of visual interest. ( Image courtesy of blog.alwaysmod.com)
This blue gossamer ceiling is just plain beautiful. (Image courtesy of eventsbydesign via flickr.com)
I love this treatment - upholster a wall in fabric and then carry it through to the ceiling to create a canopy. (Image courtesy of qwickstep.com)
Another example of a continued canopy designed by John Saladino - this one is less structured than the former. (Image courtesy of veranda.com)
This Love Fort designed by the talented Justina Blakeney (of CompaiBlog.com) and Caitlin Levin can be a permanent fixture in any playroom or bedroom. (Image courtesy of Designspongeonline.com)
Hanging fabric is simply divine. Treating fabric as art is never a bad idea.
A wall-mounted tapestry is a nice way to introduce texture and reduce noise in a space. (Image courtesy of california.inetgiant.com)
If you have small cuts of fabric, why not stretch them onto frames and hang them in a collage? (Image courtesy of wooden-handicrafts.com)
I love this idea! Hang those compelted embroidery loops on the wall instead of taking off the fabric. A variety of sizes makes for a beautiful collection. (Image courtesy of candidlyred.blogspot.com)
Or...hang the same embroidery loops on the ceiling for an unconventional pop of colour and charm. (Image courtesy of candidlyred.blogspot.com)
Fabric is awesome (and so are you) so don’t shy away from using it for something other than a table cloth or a bedspread. Have fun!
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