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Ideas for Using the Right Type of Upholstery Fabric to Style Holiday Homes

Natasha Kurien Natasha Kurien
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Holiday homes are a fantastic way to spend one’s hard-earned time off, besides presenting a perfect canvas for design and decorating inspiration. Doing up a holiday home, however, differs from decorating one’s own home as the focus often shifts to what guests can expect from the home rather than the homeowner’s liking. The holiday home must have practical solutions besides being an enjoyable space with a relaxing ambience. The location of the home dramatically influences the choice of décor. For instance, a holiday home in goa might have a beach-inspired theme while one in a hill station might be more suited to a nature-inspired theme.  

While choosing the decor for a holiday home, particular importance must be placed on the upholstery fabric as it must be able to withstand the weather conditions in the region. If the house is in an area that is prone to high humidity, the upholstery must be comfortable for seating. It should also be fade-resistant if it is used in outdoor applications or placed in an area that receives a lot of sunlight. Another factor to consider is that it should be resistant to stains caused by spills, especially if children and pets are likely to visit. 

Traditional upholstery materials such as cotton, silk, and velvet are not suitable choices for upholstery in holiday homes as they fade quickly and are not stain-resistant. Interior designers and decorators prefer the use of performance fabric, such as the ranges from Sunbrella, as it is fade-resistant, stain-resistant, UV-resistant, mould-resistant, mildew-resistant, and bleach cleanable. Sunbrella offers an array of colours and patterns that can be used to create almost any theme in a holiday home.

Some tips on choosing upholstery fabric for decorating holiday homes

When choosing upholstery fabric for holiday homes, it is essential to balance durability with style. While aesthetics are a definitive factor to pay attention to, the same can be said about the maintenance-free properties of the furnishings. Upholstery must be durable without the need for replacing it frequently. Traditional materials, such as cotton or viscose, might seem affordable and viable options. However, they do not last as they fade and wear out quickly, requiring frequent replacement. Creating a cosy vibe in the holiday home with a few personal touches is ideal. However, one must not overdo the personalisation as the aim is to keep it to a minimum so that guests don’t feel like they are living in someone else’s home. Ensuring that the chosen theme meets guests’ expectations of the holiday home is essential, whether it is a tropical theme in a beach destination, a modern or minimalist one in a metropolis, or perhaps a nature-themed one in a hill station.

Ideas for creating a coastal themed holiday home using upholstery fabric

Creating a coastal theme that is in sync with the scenic beauty of the surrounding area is an excellent option for bringing a touch of the outdoors into the holiday home interiors. There are several ways to use performance fabric to create a perfect setting.  

  • Nautical theme: Nautical interiors in beach houses and coastal styles usually make use of blue and red hues. The rugs, curtains, and pillows can feature light and dark shades of red as well as blue with a mix of neutral hues such as white and beige to balance the palette.
  • Ocean theme: A simple way to introduce ocean themes into the decor of the holiday home is with the addition of vintage trinkets. Using sea blue patterned upholstery on an accent chair is a great way to spruce up the decor of the room as it can become the focal point of the room.  
  • Marine life theme: Fish or marine life patterns too, help to portray a coastal theme and come in a variety of options. Sticking to dark tones with light, bright motifs on the fabric will keep the upholstery looking neat and tidy all year round.

Ideas for creating a jungle-themed holiday home using upholstery fabric

A jungle-themed holiday home boasts of animal printed rugs, tribal motifs, muted leaf or floral patterns, earth tones, as well as browns and greens. The following themes are easy to implement to capture the essence of the outdoors:

  • Safari theme: A safari theme makes use of bold patterns such as zebra-patterned upholstery on the sofa or perhaps tribal motifs imprinted on cushion covers and rugs. 
  • Nature theme: Floral patterns are an excellent way to add a nature-inspired look to the holiday home. Simple muted leaf or floral patterned curtains accompanied by potted plants can complement the theme. The patterns can be extended to other accessories such as decorative cushions. 
  • Rustic theme: Earthy tones, neutral hues, and browns can be used to set up a rustic themed holiday home. A brown rug paired with neutral-hued upholstered cushions and sofas can easily carry off the look.

Ideas for creating a modern urban-themed holiday home using upholstery fabric

The most common theme for a holiday home, especially in an urban area or a suburb, happens to be a modern or urban themed one. Typical variations include: 

  • Urban chic: This theme features layering patterns, mixing colours, and combining furniture upholstery styles in monotone shades such as grey or white with accents. Bold-toned upholstery fabric in contrasting colours aid in completing the look. 
  • Minimalist: Minimalist themes feature white with contrasting décor accents. An all-white theme works particularly well in the bedroom with splashes of colour infused by pillows or throws. 
  • Asian: Asian themes are inspired by the colours of nature and tend to mimic scenic landscapes, reinterpreting natural colours. Gentle cream, light blues, and elegant grey tones can be used in outdoor upholstery, including table runners and cushions to create a zen-like ambience.

Ideas for creating a nature-themed holiday home using upholstery fabric

A nature-themed holiday home can be created by using upholstery fabric to create several looks:

  • Forest: A forest theme comprises earthy tones combined with splashes of green to capture the essence and vibe of a forest. Leaf-patterned table runners, cushion covers, or bed covers with contrasting green tones suit the theme perfectly. 
  • Cottage: Cottage-inspired compositions have floral patterns in pastel or neutral tones that can be applied indoors as well as outdoors. Floral patterns add a unique touch and can be applied on rugs and cushion covers, in addition to upholstery and drapes. 
  • Botanical: Botanical themes play with leaf or flower motifs and look best on sofa upholstery. They can also be used on bed covers and blankets. 
  • Tropical: Light tones with contrasting green and bright colours mimicking the beauty of leaves and flowers is what tropical themes comprise. They can be used on sofa upholstery, table runners, or cushion covers.

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