Want to add warmth and pattern to your home? Consider the patterns, textures, and colors of Southwest upholstery fabric. When you hear Southwest, you probably think of ponchos, earth tones, and geometric designs. Throw in a little more relaxed and looser weave for decorative pillows, and you're in the zone with the Good, the Rad, and the Affordable.

What to Look for in Southwest Upholstery Fabrics

For an authentic Southwest upholstery fabric-themed room, you should consider color, texture, and tone. Patterns are equally important, and the size and scale of different ziggurat prints will influence the overall look.

The type of fabric used for the Southwest print you choose is also important to the overall appearance, quality, and durability of your upholstery, so choose carefully.

Choose quality linen, leather, and tapestry-type fabrics for upholstery. A tighter weave is important to achieve a longer-lasting finish. Fabrics that are looser woven such as cotton duck may be great choices for drapery, throws, pillows, and table runners. Choose a more durable weave such as chenille or linen for upholstery where there is substantial traffic such as your chairs and sofas.

Avoid fabrics that will pill, hook, or wear through when upholstering furniture. After all, it's much more affordable to replace a worn-out pillow than to reupholster a whole sofa.

When you choose your Southwest upholstery fabric, take care not to choose a printed fabric, where the pattern is merely printed on the fabric as these types of fabric rarely maintain the print well. In high-traffic areas, these prints will fade or rub through. A fabric where the pattern is woven into the fabric is best for high-traffic areas as there will be a minimum print loss.

Different Types of Southwest Upholstery Fabric

There are many different types of Southwest fabric. The types are influenced by the type of fabric used, the pattern, colors, and weight.

Most Southwest fabrics tend to be a little heavier than other types such as Provincial French fabrics. However, the softer and more drapeable Southwest fabrics aren't as suited to upholstery fabric as a more resilient and tightly woven linen or microfiber.

Once you've found a type of pattern you prefer, you need to consider where to use it in your home as not all patterns will suit all furniture or curtains. Large patterns tend to make a space seem much smaller than it is. Smaller patterns are better suited to large surfaces such as sofas and window treatments.

If you love a large-scale pattern, save it for chairs, pillows, and even table runners.

Good fabric types in Southwest fabrics are linen, microfiber, polyester blends, and leather or vinyl. For drapery, you can opt for a looser weave such as tapestry fabric, cotton, velvet, and chenille.

When to Use Southwest Upholstery Fabric

Southwest upholstery creates a distinctly earthy tone and feel in your home. It reminds one of the great West when cowboys herded the bison and settlers built rugged farmhouses with handmade quilts on their beds and riffles above the hearth.

Use Southwest upholstery in a family room, or bring it home into your office with a great upholstered office chair and a two-seater couch along the wall.

Match earthy-toned walls with rust, umber, and blue chenille jacquard weave on your table runner or occasional pillows. Add some leather details such as leather corners on pillows or leather-covered armrests on sofas for a little luxury.

How to Use Southwest Upholstery Fabric in Your Home

A good tip is to use a plain color to upholster your larger scale furniture (in case you change your decor theme down the line) as reupholstering these later will be more costly. Pair the plain or muted-toned upholstery of your sofas with chairs upholstered in a combination of plain fabric with patterned fabric to capture the spirit of the West.

How to Clean and Care for Southwest Upholstery Fabric

Depending on the type of fabric used with your Southwest pattern, follow the appropriate cleaning instructions for each fabric type. Leather requires some greater care, while chenille and microfiber clean fairly easily.

The main difference between caring for and cleaning Southwest upholstery fabric is the use of cold temperature water to clean. Avoid rubbing as much as possible. Since the unique handwoven look of many Southwest fabrics is fairly loosely woven, excessive rubbing can cause pilling and create issues with fabric nap.

Wherever your Southwestern fabric journey leads you, ensure you partner up with Kovi Fabrics for the road.

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