Trend Alert: Tweed Fabric
Fabric has a huge impact on many aspects of interior design, from furniture to window treatments. We have been seeing a huge surge in interest for Tweed fabric recently! Specifically, accessories that have been made in this beautiful fabric. We love adding extra texture through tweed fabric! Let’s take a closer look!
What is Tweed Fabric?
Tweed is made from weaving wool. It is a rough woven fabric that can also be made from cotton and rayon with wool. Wool fibers can be woven using a plain weave or twill weaves to create different visual effects. Tweed is an extremely warm, hard-wearing fabric that is thick and firm.
Why we love it!
We love tweed fabric because of its beautiful and unique texture. It is heavily associated with British heritage, horse racing, and as a result – an expensive price tag! This is particularly for suits or jackets where the prices soar depending on the wool content. Luxury fashion houses like Coco Chanel regularly use tweed fabric for their suits. With the variety of texture, pattern and colors you can create with tweed, there’s no wonder it has been introduced into the world of interior design.
How to use it.
There are many ways you can use tweed fabric in your home…
Our favorite is through furniture upholstery. As tweed fabric is largely made from wool, it is very durable and therefore is a great fabric to use for adding texture to your space. Use tweed to upholster accent chairs to create visual interest in your home.
We also like using tweed fabric for decorative pillows to add texture to a space where this fabric hasn’t been used as the main furniture upholstery.
Tweed fabric looks particularly stylish when used to upholster more traditional style pieces of furniture as the weaves of the material can have subtle patterns (like chevron or herringbone).
What to watch for.
While tweed fabric is very durable, there are some considerations to take into account when thinking of incorporating it in your home.
If you have pets, tweed isn’t recommended. The fabric is typically an open weave so pet hairs get easily caught and can be a nightmare to remove. There is also the possibility that the fabric can snag if used as an alternative to a cat scratching post!
Another thing to keep in mind is that tweed fabric can feel stiff on the skin, so always get multiple fabric samples to ensure you choose one that is right for you. You should also look at pure wool options and those that have multiple different fibers like cotton, blended into it too.
Ways to make this trend last in your home
Adding a completely different fabric than what you’re used to can feel daunting and scary, but there are ways you can make this trend last for many years!
If you’re ready to take the plunge with tweed fabric, make sure to get lots of fabric samples. Fabrics always vary by supplier, type, and color so samples are really important. Decide which piece of furniture you will use the fabric for and make sure the fabric you choose is suitable for that use and how much wear the furniture is intended to get.
You can easily make this trend last in your home by using neutral colored tweed fabric for your sofa, armchair, accent chairs, or even decorative accessories to add some texture to the space. The fabric is timeless, and so long as you keep to neutral colors, yours will be both classic and timeless and last many years!
While the most common colorways for tweed fabric feature olive green, muted reds, and blues, there are some available with different colored yarns running through the fabric, or even tweed in other much brighter colors too!
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