Drawn from House Beautiful's wildly popular "Swatch Watch" feature, this inspirational new guide shows home decorators how different coloured and textured fabrics work with a variety of furnishings. Charming florals or cool abstract patterns? White-on-white or a splash of brilliant colour? Just like clothes make the man, fabric makes the furniture. House Beautiful understands that, and so the editors are letting sofas, chairs, settees, ottomans, lampshades, and more put on a "fashion show." As in the magazine feature, beautiful photographs display every piece of furniture covered in several different fabrics; with each change of material, the item's appearance is transformed. The magazine's experts explain exactly how the choice of colour and pattern affects the furniture's appearance. For example, stripes on a sofa highlight the couch's shape and give it a contemporary flair, while a floral pattern de-emphasizes the form and adds traditional country charm. Ranges of sofa and chair styles are included, as well as ottomans, benches, chaises, curtains, lampshades, fabric-covered headboards, and more.
With details on fabric content, technical terms, decorating pitfalls, and upholstering tips, this is the ideal reference.show more