Nothing in a room sets the ambiance more than upholstery fabric. Our eye is drawn to the color, pattern and texture of a fabric before we even notice the shape and size of a piece of upholstery.

It’s no surprise the look and feel of a room can be radically impacted by the application of fabric on a piece of upholstery. A quick walk around either of Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses two showrooms in Mt. Vernon and Newark will illustrate this concept. Which sofa do you notice first? Most likely, it’s the one in the fabric with the awesome color and texture.

Here are few tips for creating fashion and style with upholstery fabric:

485897585Consider where each piece of upholstery will be placed in the room. Will the furniture “float” or be against a wall? A bold fabric is even more dramatic when the upholstery is adjacent to a wall with a contrasting color. A muted fabric will cause the upholstery to fade away when walls are light or when the furniture “floats.” Large patterns look better in a large room while smaller patterns work in a smaller area.

Take note of existing lamps, wall décor, window and floor coverings. When pairing a sofa with an intricately patterned rug or multi-color painting, choose a solid or tone-on-tone fabric in a complementary color and add pizzazz with accent pillows.

When the upholstery is the focal point, go with a dramatic pattern or color and add decorative accessories that will accent the furniture rather than overwhelm it.

Remember that the upholstery sets the emotional tone of the room. Look for fabric in a style, color and texture that expresses your individuality and lifestyle. Start with a solid color and two or three patterns that coordinate but don’t match. Colors should be in the same family and vary in intensity.

When making the decision about which will be the chief fabric to cover a sofa, at the same time review fabric choices for accent pillows and accent chairs. All the upholstery pieces together make a complete statement, so be careful not to overwhelm it with too much color or pattern.

Don’t be afraid to let texture make a statement. Some fabrics have intriguing puckers, weaves and folds. Others have a high, soft nap.

As a general rule, fabrics in contemporary patterns and colors look best on contemporary frames while traditional fabrics work better on traditional frames. Don’t let that rule stop you from stepping out of the box and trying a bolder fabric on a traditional frame.  The result might be just perfect for your room.

Go ahead. Try something new. Let your Connell’s sales representative show you different fabric options for your favorite sofa or chair.