Annie may be a fabric savant, but she’s learned quite a few tips over the years for mixing textiles for that sumptuously layered look. When it comes to romantic fabrics, she advises:
1. Start with a single color or palette that you love. Go for something soothing, pretty, or sensual that gives you the come-hither invitation for a closer look.
2. For the largest pieces of upholstered furniture—sofa and chairs—choose solid or subtly patterned velvet, linen, or other heavier-textured fabrics. Stick to one or two colors for these pieces, so the space feels grounded and restful.
3. Go sheer on the windows. Light, floaty cotton organdy, eyelet, and embroidered voile filter light and soften the edges of a room. They can also be combined with floor-length curtains in silk, linen, or velvet for extra texture.
4. Choose fabric with bolder patterns for accents, like a curvy ottoman or a gilded side chair. Annie especially likes these attention-getting, elaborate, and embellished fabrics on modern furniture—an unexpected touch of vintage richness.
5. Pile on the decorative pillows with exquisite handiwork, beading, and embroidery. When set against solid or subtly patterned upholstery, they take decorating to a whole new level.
What’s your favorite romantic fabric? Tell us in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a romantic table setting from Pine Cone Hill–including Ruched Ribbon White/Platinum placemats and napkins and Petite Ruffle White napkins–valued at more than $180! The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 7, 2012. View the full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Abby from California!