The Importance of Soft Furnishings in Interior Design

Soft furnishings are the glue that binds all the elements of an interior together, creating a complete and cohesive look. They include fabric-based “soft” decorative pieces such as curtains, cushions, carpets, upholstery, and more. Soft furnishing items set a regularly furnished house and a properly designed interior apart. The use of heavy soft furnishings such as window valance and heavy drapes has faded away for more minimalist looks nowadays. However, soft furnishings are often what makes a house a home. They bring comfort, softness, and joy to a room, making it feel like a livable space rather than a rigidly decorated space that is not meant to be touched or lived in.

Using just the right amount of soft furnishings can be tricky since one can easily overdo it and make the space feel busy and cluttered. Here are a few types of soft furnishings, their importance, and how to do them right in your next interior design project.

 

1. Curtains

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While curtains have been used for practical purposes such as regulation of light, protection from dust, and privacy, they have immense aesthetic benefits as well. With the right colour, material, and pattern, they can instantly a pleasant charm to any room. A sheer curtain in soft colours adds a touch of femininity and romance to a room while curtains in deep colours and thicker materials can bring depth and a sense of regality to a room. They are a great way to add texture and colour to space, and they have the ability to make a room feels complete.

 

2. Carpets

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Carpets are another great type of soft furnishings to add colour, patterns, and texture to a room. They come in a large variety of styles and have the power to immediately change or enhance the look of a room. Apart from the aesthetic aspects, carpets are a great way to save energy by helping insulate your interior. They are easier on the feet and break falls if you have little ones in your home. Unlike permanent floor fittings, carpets are a more affordable option, they are easy to clean and maintain as well. They are also a quite sustainable option, especially when compared to wooden flooring.

 

3. Cushions

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The right colour and type of cushions can immediately bring a space to life. They are a small yet highly impactful detail, especially in living rooms and bedrooms. For interior design styles with mild or monochromatic colours, cushions are a great way of adding a pop of colour to make them look more pleasing to the eye. Traditional cushions usually have elaborate patterns and vivid colours. More contemporary designs use multiple cushions to add more comfort to space and make it seem more warm and welcoming. Feel free to mix up the shapes, colours, and sizes of cushions for a fun and playful effect.

 

4. Upholstery

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Furniture upholstery is an art as well as a science that helps add more comfort and aesthetic appeal to furniture items such as couches, chairs, and ottomans. The origins of upholstery go back to the way when each piece of furniture was considered precious, and adding more padding and covering with fabric make furniture last long. If you are using old but bellowed pieces of furniture in a new interior project, upholstery is a great way to preserve the piece of furniture and make it beautifully match the theme. It is also a great way to repurpose your old pieces of furniture that are in great condition.

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