What is soft furnishing?
According to wikipedia, soft furnishing
is the art and science of beautifying a space to enhance both the
aesthetic and functional uses of that space. Interior decoration would
not be complete without soft furnishing as the space would be hard and
noisy (bet you didn’t know that fabrics absorb noise and make it easy
for us to live in our homes)
Soft furnishing does for a house what
clothes do for our bodies. It adds colour, texture, softness and
elegance (read style) to our individual spaces, helping to cover the
design and building flaws as well as enhancing the unique features of
the structure as well.
Put differently, soft furnishing refers
to every decoration in our homes that has some sort of fabric in it.
Yes, you guessed it, fabric is a huge part of soft furnishing and fabric
in this sense goes beyond the traditional ones used to make curtains,
cushions, valances, tie-backs, sofas etc to include and embrace rugs,
paintings, mattresses, canvass, table clothes&napkins, vinyl, etc.
Additionally, there are smaller items called passementere, which are
the trims and braids that decorate the fabrics we use on the drapes,
blinds, curtains, cushions, sofas (leather and fabric), beds and throws.
All of these and more make up soft furnishing.
So, tell me where your home will be soft furnishing?
In spite of the huge investment in
constructing a house, marbling the floor, putting P.O.P, screeding,
painting the house, etc, the house is incomplete without soft
furnishing. So, it is correct to say that soft furnishing completes a
Our homes reflect our personalities,
taste and lifestyle and nothing does this more effectively than soft
furnishing that is why two siblings born to the same family grow up and
have two differently styled homes even if the structures were identical.
furnishings come in a variety of styles. It is not a one-style-fits-all
affair. So, you have to be careful and dream a little when making
Apart from the obvious which is that soft
furnishing should be pleasing to the eye (ever seen anything soft that
ain’t good to look at?) it should also be functional, it should add
character and mood to any space where it has been installed but as a
rule, do ensure that the soft furnishing does not overpower nor become
the focal point of the room (or the architect will not like you very
much for distorting his design elements)
Soft furnishing should always enhance not
distract nor reduce a space in any way. What you need is a comfortable
home that offers a relaxed and peaceful setting irrespective of the
styling -a haven you can return to after the day’s hustle and bustle and
that is precisely what you are paying for and that is what you should