Annie’s Tip of the Week

Oct 5, 2012

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! 

  1. Gina

    My favorite fabric is sheer cream linen—so fresh and crisp when ironed, but beautiful also when wrinkled and relaxed.

    PLEASE update us on your construction project!

  2. Lesley Schmeckenbecher

    To me, the most romantic fabric is Pima cotton sheets on my bed. No matter what, I have to have good sheets on my bed! Makes me feel special and makes me want to buy nice gowns for myself.

  3. Abby Anderson

    I love fabrics that remind me of a particular time or place – that have a history. I have a small rug next to my bed that is made of hand-felted wool, with an embroidered piece in the center. The embroidery is part of an antique banner that would have decorated the yurt of a newlywed couple in Kyrgyzstan. So it reminds me of the wonderful shop on Whidbey Island, WA where I bought while attending a truly serene writers’ retreat, but it also makes me think, “Someone got married and this was what their community made to celebrate them” as I set foot on it each morning. That makes it a romantic fabric to me.

  4. Pam Lapere

    Pure white cotton…evokes memories of loving my husband in the middle of the day on sheets smelling of sunshine in the early years of marriage, holding our babies in my arms during nighttime feedings barefoot and wearing a long white cotton gown, bleaching then ironing the white cotton shirts of my hardworking husband and son who sweat and toil for the benefit of others, hanging sheets & pillowcases on the clothesline as I anticipate the arrival of our daughter and grandchildren….Pure white cotton.

  5. Mary

    I have to admit that the first fabric that came to mind is dotted swiss. When I was a child, I had a dollhouse which held a tiny dark wood four poster bed with a canopy, and all the linens, bedcover, pillow and canopy, were white dotten swiss. The love affair began then.
    As an adult, all I ever want is an all-white bed, with layers of matelasse, woven blankets and cotton sheeting, different textures of lace and other handwork here and there in the room, perhaps a touch of a soft toile…and somewhere deep inside I think I still hope for some dotted swiss.
    Some day.

  6. Debra Lee

    I love eyelet on my sheets.

  7. Andrea Treadwell

    I love old cotton…like the sheets they used to make with beautiful florals and ruffles on them. I’ve used these old sheets to make quilts and throws. I love the way they look and feel. They make home even homier!

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