Textiles can brighten up a home, increase comfort and luxury appeal, and entice our often-overlooked sense of touch. After all, interior design is much more than what meets the eye since the best designs cater to all senses. Discovering the wealth of textiles available will ensure you make the best decision for every interior space of your home. A thorough interior design plan won’t treat the fabrics of an area as an afterthought or finishing touch; instead, a beautifully created room will depend upon textile choice as a vital detail element used to create a mood or tone while honoring your values. Rita Chraibi’s extensive knowledge of textiles has helped her clients enjoy the look and feel of their homes and business buildings. She knows the limitless possibilities of layering textures and using textiles to create an atmosphere while adding depth and interest to a space.
First, it’s essential to understand that textile refers to any material or cloth produced by different methods (weaving, felting, knitting, etc.) and can consist of either manmade fiber or natural fiber. You may not have ever thought about just how many textiles are in your home– let alone a single room! If you take a look around, you can notice all the variations of textiles in your furniture, carpets, pillows, curtains, sheets, blankets, artwork, and more. Different fabrics are often associated with different seasons, atmosphere, and feelings. For example, we often associate flannel and polar fleece with the winter and feelings of coziness; cotton and linen with nature; and velvet and silk with luxury. There is an entire design field devoted to fabric design and creation. Not only can you find fabric materials that appeal to you, but you can also find fabric patterns to adorn and dress up your spaces. No matter your priorities, discover options to fit your lifestyle, tastes, and vision. Below is a limited outline of some of the textile choices that await you in your home design based on interior styling focused on textiles.
For the Environmentally-Conscious
One increasing concern these days is finding and using materials that are organic and eco-friendly. This concern applies to interior design and making choices that decrease our environmental impact. Organic textiles are ones that have not been created with fibers treated with pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical treatments. Organic cotton is an accessible material and a market that continues to grow quickly in sustainable textiles to meet consumer demand. However, there are many other Earth-friendly options to think about beyond cotton. Bamboo is a versatile textile that adds natural elegance to any room. Bamboo has been used in architecture and interior design worldwide, known for its strength and durability. Bamboo can be incorporated as small touches (bamboo plants, floormats, vases) or bold statements (cascading water fountains, wall treatments, doorways, and furniture). Linen is another natural fabric that is more sustainable than manmade materials and considered at the top with cotton when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Linen used in upholstery, bedding, tablecloths, and curtains adds a soft, delicate touch to any interior design plan.
For Luxury Appeal
For those who appreciate a life of luxury, interior home decoration will reflect only the best textiles. Silk is a natural and timeless textile that can add a bit of glamour to any room. Silk is surprisingly strong and can maintain its beauty for ages as long as it’s well-cared for. Its softness and shimmering effect will allow you to enjoy the benefits in any home or building. Another textile with a luxury appeal that can work in beautiful combination with silk, is velvet. As both of these textiles are highly pleasing to the sense of touch, be sure to think about your home or building’s accessible areas where you can reap the most tactile pleasures associated with these materials, such as a sitting area where you can delight in the feel and beauty of silk or velvet on quilts, throws, blankets, furniture. For a luxury home, cashmere may fit quite nicely with a central vision for upscale design. As the top tier of wools, cashmere has been revered and coveted in clothing design, but for luxury spaces with a focus on a cozy feel, cashmere also has a place in interior design. Cashmere can be used on bedspreads, throws, tables, sofa coverings, and wall hangings as a lovely addition to an elegant interior style.
For Fashion Lovers
The worlds of fashion and interior design collide in gorgeous and creative ways, as evidenced in brand fabrics. While one can easily get lost in a sea of textile options available, a good starting place is might be with a recognizable designer or brand. Brand fabrics created by top names in fashion, match the quality, beauty, and charm of clothing designs and creations. Fashion designers and textile designers work closely together to create some of the most unique and elegant designs on the market that are not just available for clothing collections, but also for fashion-inspired interior designs. Rita has designed some of the most breathtaking luxury homes in Miami using the bright and geometric fabric designs of Missoni, furnishing fabrics of beloved fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo’s whimsical textile designs, and the spirit-filled creations of renowned Christian Lacroix. Additionally, she has designed interiors incorporating Lelievre Paris textiles, a market leader in high-end fabrics known for silks, velvets, jacquards, and more. Make your interiors sparkle with iconic statements by looking into the textile designs some of your favorite designers.
International designers are a team of top interior designers who give special consideration to all elements of a room and space, especially through textiles. They seek to ensure all home details exude a luxurious and welcoming feel from top to bottom by choosing the finest fabrics available. From bold and exotic to soft and subtle, understanding textiles and how they can be used to create special atmospheres will establish your interiors as unique designs that cater to your senses and increase feelings of comfort.