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A Textured Approach
Whether a decorating style is contemporary or traditional, the textures of upholstered furniture should be mixed. In rooms with traditional decorating schemes, textures that are different, but not too much so are recommended. A sturdy fabric for the sofa, such as woven wool, quilted cotton, or leather, works quite well. Because the sofa is usually the largest and most dominant piece in the room, it warrants the use of bold, nubby, and showy textures. Moving down the texture scale, lounge chairs should utilize fabrics that are just a bit finer and lighter in weight. Less oft-used accent chairs should be covered in even finer and more delicate fabrics. Unity should not be sacrificed to diversity when it comes to texture.


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Classic Off-White Walls
A Textured Approach
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Picture This
Finding Your Niche
Sofa So Good
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