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Plain fabrics are often ideal to use for soft furnishings where an interior scheme already features patterned elements, such as a busy wallpaper.
There are many different types of plain fabric, each with their own qualities and surface appeal so it helps to know the type of look you want in your room as well as what you will be using the fabric for when making your choices.
At UK Curtains and Interiors we have a large selection of plain fabrics in a wide variety of colours and textures, from brands including Clarke and Clarke and Prestigious Textiles. You can either purchase the fabric by the metre to use as required or let us do the hard work and make up your curtains, blinds and co-ordinating accessories for you.
Probably the most important factor when selecting your interior fabric is colour. You may already have a definite idea for the colour of fabric you want but the type of fabric can also have a big influence on the overall appearance of the colour.
For example lustrous velvets, silk and silk look fabrics can help to reflect light back into the room. Some silk fabrics also have a multi tonal appearance when seen at different angles. Pure silk fabrics can be expensive and have a tendency to fade over time when exposed to strong sunlight so if you are worried about this look for a faux silk alternative such as our Tokyo viscose blend fabric, which has the added benefit of being considerably cheaper than real silk.
Click to view Our Tokyo Teal Fabric
Click to view Our Tokyo Antique Fabric
Click to view Our Tokyo Heather
Our Rossini Velvet has a lovely tactile quality and amazing sheen due to its high viscose content and is available in a wide range of colours including Moss, Jade and Blueberry.
Click to view Our Rossini Jade Fabric
Click to view Our Rossini Orchid Fabric
Click to view Our Rossini Brick Fabric
Satin fabrics, such as our 100% polyester Duchess which comes in 14 colourways, have a smooth surface on one side, making them a luxurious choice for curtains. This fabric also looks fabulous when made up into cushions with complementary piping.
Click to view Our Duchess Sand Fabric
Click to view Our Duchess Fuschia Fabric
Click to view Our Duchess Latte Fabric
If you want to add interest, try using plain fabrics with different textures. Natural fabrics such as linen, or fabrics with linen content such as our Linden fabric which is blended with viscose, adding texture and depth due to their natural slubs; Or look for a fabric with a texture in the weave.
Click to view Our Linden Duck Egg Fabric
Click to view Our Linden Ivory Fabric
Click to view Our Lined Apple Fabric
Our Kasuri design is a fabulous viscose polyester multi-purpose fabric with a simple bark like pattern. It has a high abrasion resistance so is also suitable for heavy use upholstery with colourways including Wheat, Aubergine, Charcoal and Ecru.
Click to view Our Kasuri Sesame Fabric
Click to view Our Kasuri Garnet Fabric
Click to view Our Kasuri Pewter Fabric
Wool fabrics are naturally hard wearing and although a little more expensive our Worsted 80% wool plain fabric in Slate, Charcoal, Chocolate or Natural is a perfect choice for upholstery that will last a lifetime. For a cheaper alternative, take a look at Harrison 100% polyester wool look fabric.
Click to view Our Worsted Natural Fabric
Click to view Our Harrison Loch Fabric
Click to view Our Harrison Pebble Fabric
Our best selling plain fabric is Arlington, a 100% cotton fabric with a textured weave which comes in 21 colourways including some lovely naturals. Ashridge with its textured weave, has a similar look and a great choice of colours but also has the advantage of being inherently fire retardant and great value.
Click to view Our Arlington Gold Fabric
Click to view Our Ashridge Apple Fabric
Click to view Our Ashridge Red Fabric
Chenille fabrics are soft and textured and use a special type of yarn which produces a good quality hard wearing fabric which can often be used for both drapery and upholstery. Our Tatton chenille fabric is 100% polyester and available in 18 colourways or for something a bit different take a look at our Glitter fabric which has a touch of added sparkle.
Click to view Our Tatton Duck Egg Fabric
Click to view Our Tatton Peacock Fabric
Click to view Our Glitter Caramel Fabric
Ribbed fabrics have a textured stripe created with the weave or use of yarn. Shaftesbury is a poly cotton rib weave with a subtle colour graded effect and Chatsworth is a chenille rib weave in rich vibrant colours. New for 2015 and coming soon to our website is our Chessington Fabric – a versatile poly cotton irregular rib fabric with a soft sheen.
Click to view Our Shaftesbury Teal Fabric
Click to view Our Chatsworth Mocha Fabric
Click to view Our Chatsworth Teal Fabric
There is such a vast choice of plain fabrics at UK Curtains and Interiors that you may find it difficult to make a decision and this is where we can help. We offer a free swatch service so you can see how the colour and texture of a fabric works in situ or tell us what you are looking for and we will help find the perfect fabric for your project.
By Louise Randle