When today’s homeowners think about their wall design, they may not even consider fabric walling. Painted and wall papered walls have been the norm in modern homes for quite some time, but fabric walling has never gone out of style for home owners with discerning tastes. This classic and elegant design has been steadily gaining in popularity and is now poised to make a full comeback. With its clean finish and classy ambience, fabric walling can add just the right touch to any home and can be designed to match a wide range of decor styles.
Popular in England and France in the 1800s, fabric walling is the method of stretching fabrics such as silks over a wall and carefully sewing the seams together to keep them in place. The outer sections are then covered with edged moulding or braid. Prior to fitting the fabric, a cotton bump is applied in order to give the fabric a soft, elegant touch. A hidden fillet moulding is applied for conservation purposes, assuring that the walling will stand the test of time. Well-designed fabric walling has a truly elegant and classic appeal which just can’t be achieved with wallpaper or paint.
Fabric walling has a wide range of functional uses as well. It is often used to conceal and protect unused features such as wall embellishments or murals. Fabric walling is also useful for covering up unsightly or damaged walls, and can save homeowners money on repairs while still providing a pleasing finish. Sound systems and other functional items can also be hidden with fabric walling, saving space and keeping clutter to a minimum. This type of walling is also great for acoustics, providing improved sound within a room and also keeping out sounds from other rooms or outside. These acoustic and soundproofing qualities have led to fabric walling being used in many home theaters or music practice spaces.
There are a wide range of fabrics which can be used for fabric walling, from the finest of silks to regular fabrics. The choice is up to the homeowner, and fabrics should always be chosen to match the interior decor of the home. The two main fabric walling methods are the “English” method which uses braid to cover the fabric edges, and the “French” method which has a clean finish that renders the fabric edges invisible on the wall. Although fabric walling is a classic design, it does not have to be dated and can fit nicely into even the most modern of homes and interior designs.
Homeowners looking to get away from the usual wallpaper and painting wall decoration techniques should seriously consider this practical and versatile method. Fabric walling is classic, elegant, and achieves an ambience that just can’t be matched with other types of covering.
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