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Fab home for summers

In summers, you don’t just need coolers and soothing eatables to beat the heat. Your home, too, requires a combination of apt colours and décor items to become a ‘cool’ place.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2010 02:45 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

In summers, you don’t just need coolers and soothing eatables to beat the heat. Your home, too, requires a combination of apt colours and décor items to become a ‘cool’ place for you and your friends to hang out in. And the best thing to start preparing your home for summers is by focusing on the fabrics you choose for decorating your space.

Material counts
“Fabrics play a crucial role. They can add glamour, colour, playfulness and shade to a room. Silk is extremely eye catching, and it also adds a sophisticated flair. That doesn’t defies the fact that cotton, muslin and linen are also a popular fabric for home use.

Cotton being a strong fibre is a first choice. On the other hand, linen and muslin may be delicate fabrics, but they have a summery feel, and are also easy to wash,” says Bindu Vadera of Varya.

Getting stoned
There are number of traditional fabrics other than silk that are being maneuvered to create a modern look. ‘Embellishment with swarovski crystals, the use of other semi-precious stones like amethyst or opal, sequins, mirror-work, embroidery, applique work, screen printing, hand-dye, tie-dye — all techniques are being reinvented on home linen,” says Mandeep Nagi of Shades of India.

What’s the best
“Apart from basic cotton and silk, one can go for nylon, polyester, rayon, satin, velvet, denim, felt, flannel, microfiber and much more,” says Vadera. But at times, the dilemma begins in deciding which fabric would suit a particular cornor of the house.

Nagi suggests:
For guests’ dinner room: Use sophisticated fabrics such as silks, brocades and velvets.
For bedroom: More comfortable and durable fabrics such as a mix of muslin and silk.
For kids’ room: Use sturdy woven materials like chenille and denim for informal rooms and damasks and tapestries for formal settings.

Tips to keep in mind when buying fabric for your home:
If you have decided on a particular style, research the look in magazines, books and online, and browse furniture stores to get a feel for the textiles that best set the mood. Certain textures and sheens are befitting of specific styles and can make or break the design.

Cut swatches to size in proportion to how they’ll be used in the room. For instance, the upholstery fabric should be the largest swatch, followed by the window coverings, table drapes, pillows, etc.

When you’re out shopping, if you can’t sit on or touch the fabric in the store, order samples before you buy.

Use fabric in unexpected places. Line the back wall of a shelves to enliven the area.

Buy fabric that is easy to wash.

For curtains, lighter fabrics are required while for upholstery, thickness is important.

Opt for non-shiny fabrics during summers. Prints, interesting lace and chikankari work can be experimented with.