An interior design trend I’ve recently been inspired by is using embroidered fabrics. I’m struck by how versatile and beautiful they are, making them the perfect statement piece or subtle addition to a client’s home. An embroidered piece of fabric can not only be used to brighten up a solid colored lounge or drape, it can also insert a homeowner’s unique personality into their space.
Embroidered fabrics were first used in 3rd Century Ancient China, during the Warring States period. The sewing technique needed for reinforcing and repairing old clothing turned into the delicate art form we see today. Embroidery now contains extravagant patterns that repeat or show a visual image, much like storytelling.
Many times, embroidered fabrics are used on pillows, which is a beautiful way to showcase their intricate details. Another elegant way to use them is along tight-backed armchairs, with the patterns visible across the back of the chair.
Embroidered fabrics are also popular in interior design as draperies. By attaching a link of embroidery to the leading (inner) edge of a curtain or drape, the fabric stands out and creates a bold statement in a room. It can become a special conversation piece.
Travelers are using embroidered fabrics in their homes to showcase their diverse and worldly footprint. Using a special fabric or embroidered piece that was procured on a trip abroad adds a special ethnic flair to the back of an armchair, across a statement piece like a wooden trunk, or along the edge of a table. Using personally sourced embroidery gives a room a more ethnic vibe in its interior design.
Through the artful use of embroidered fabrics, my clients can showcase their creativity and uniqueness through the prints in their home. I’m excited to use embroidered fabrics in my next interior design concepts. Keep reading my blog to see how I pair embroidered fabrics with the latest trends in furniture and upholstery!