We recently did an article on the things you should pay more attention to when furnishing a new space for the first time. One question that not many people ask themselves is: should I use solid colors or should I go for fabrics?

There are some differences between them that might affect your living experience: solid fabrics like leather are better for long-term furniture, for example. Patterned and upholstered furniture can make your space feel a lot cozier and aesthetic, things like that.

The case for solid colors

The timeless appeal of solid colors is best used when you have a distinctive palette in mind. Having solid colors on your space can help you set a permanent mood and aesthetic, one that will last for a long time. Prints can go out of style very quickly.

Choosing solid colors to decorate also allows you make a single color more prominent. Mid-century modernist furniture is the best example of why this is a good decision in the aesthetic and functional sense. Another benefit is the fact that you can drape them in your choice of textures with blankets and cushions, which allows you to have that cozy approach when you need it.

Decorating with solid colors keeps you from having to change furniture as often while still having the widest array of options for redecorating. If you love upholstery and prints you can save them for your bedroom space: the cozier quality of these materials will add to your sleeping quality.

Upholstered armchairs and lounge chairs can also grant you with a second resting space. You can also experiment a lot more on your own bedroom, to later take these ideas out into the other parts of the house. We’ve recently done a few pieces on Scandinavian furniture, which might be the most comfortable style of modern furniture design. Go check those out.

Keep an eye open for the trends that really matter

We’ve also written articles on the latest furniture trends for 2019, and many of them point out to solid colors becoming the norm in décor as well, with patterns being relegated to spaces like the kitchen, bathrooms, or the bedroom. They also point out to a rise in mix-and-match practices, so feel free to find your own aesthetic and stick to it.

However, take little consideration for ‘hot’ trends, some of them last a long time, but most of them disappear after only a few months, becoming design fads. Keep an eye for continuing trends, the ones that made an impression last year and are still going strong this year, as well as the ones that are emerging as a result of them.

We’ve already mentioned ‘millennial pink’ in other articles as an example of a trend gone bad. The color became too famous in a very short period of time, which ended with everybody getting tired of it and hating it. Interestingly enough, Pantone’s Color of the Year (Living Coral) reminds some people of it, pointing out to a bigger trend in the red color family.

Instead of buying a bunch of stuff in a Living Coral shade, wait some time to see how this trend develops over time, and then decide if you want to incorporate it in your interior design scheme.