Bedroom Textile Tips: How to Choose the Perfect Fabrics

Discover how to choose the perfect fabrics for a cozy, stylish and comfortable space with our expert tips.

Bedroom Textile Tips: How to Choose the Perfect Fabrics
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In interior design, fabrics and textiles tend to be an afterthought and are usually one of the last things to be added to a room. Different textiles show your personality and taste. They come in a variety of different colors, textures and designs that can make a room more interesting and unique.

You'll need different textiles and fabrics in your bedroom to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. As there are many different options, it may seem overwhelming. To help you, we have compiled a list of tips for choosing suitable textiles for your bedroom.

Commonly used textiles in the bedroom

Your bedroom is a place for different textures and fabrics. You'll likely use more different fabrics here than you would in other parts of your home. Let's look at the types of textiles you'd use in the bedroom.


Cotton is a classic and extremely versatile fabric. It is a multi-purpose textile and a relatively inexpensive one that comes in different textures and thickness. It is a strong fabric and is long-lasting that can be washed and dried quickly.

Cotton sheets
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Cotton tends to be used for blankets and bedding but can also be found in other less common areas such as carpets and curtains. If you want to add a simple textile to your room that won't break the bank, then cotton is a great idea.


Polyester is a sturdy textile that can be used for numerous purposes, making it a popular choice for decorating. Polyester is long-lasting and relatively stain resistant. It is also somewhat cheap to produce and buy, making it a budget-friendly textile choice.

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Polyester is commonly mixed with other materials, such as cotton, and can be used in a lot of places such as bedding and curtains.


Silk is a soft and flowy fabric that can bring a sense of elegance to any room. It is quite delicate and can be expensive to produce. As it can stain easily it does require a lot of attention and care.

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Silk is often used in bed linen and curtains, which can add a high-end look to a room and creates a very beautiful aesthetic.


Nylon was created as an alternative to silk and is a more affordable option for those wanting the look of silk but without the price tag. It is strong and long-lasting.

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Nylon is frequently used for curtains and upholstery, and while it is not the real deal, it can give you all of the benefits of silk but at a fraction of the cost.


Similar to silk in a way as it is soft and smooth, however, it is a lot stronger than silk and therefore lasts longer. Rayon is commonly used in windows and on upholstery.

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Velvet, like silk, exudes elegance. It gives spaces and furniture a high-end look as it feels and looks luxurious, although not everyone may enjoy the feel. Velvet is a great fabric that is commonly used in bedding, curtains and sofas.

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Choose a theme for your bedroom

Having a theme when designing your room is essential as it ensures everything flows well together. In the bedroom, your priority is comfort, so your theme can play a role in putting this look together. The fabrics you choose can help you pull the look together and make sure your theme stays on point.

How to choose textile for your bedroom
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If your home's style and design are more classy and elegant, you should opt for classiness in the bedroom by using textiles like silk, velvet or even lace or rayon - for all the reasons listed above.

If your home is more contemporary, using cotton, wool and linen will be more on theme for your bedroom.

Look at all the areas of your home and pay attention to the fabrics you have used in there. If you use one type of fabric in the rest of your home, then using the same in the bedroom will ensure that there is continuity in your style throughout the home.

Choosing colors and patterns

Choosing the colors and the patterns of the fabrics in your home is an essential design decision, and it is, therefore extremely important in the bedroom, too.

If you are going for a more natural and relaxing vibe in your room then choosing the right colors and fabrics can help you achieve that. For this type of style, using solid colors in neutral tones will really help - textiles such as cotton and polyester will work well here, also.

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If you want to incorporate patterns into your bedroom, you must factor in the size of the room and the furniture. Choosing small and detailed designs in larger rooms can make them appear lost among the big furniture. In small spaces, on the other hand, you should avoid large prints and busy patterns as they might feel overwhelming.

Patterns can help add color to a room and help create the illusion of space. However, it is important to be careful with colors in a bedroom as using too much can make it feel manic and restless - which is the opposite of what you want in a bedroom. To avoid chaos, opt to mix patterns instead of colors and the room will look more visually appealing.

While considering colored and patterned fabrics in a room, it is important to be aware that the room itself is where you go to relax and sleep. Vibrant and loud colors should be avoided as they can impact your ability to rest as well as look disorderly and straining on the eye.  

Opt for texture

The texture is another extremely important factor when choosing textiles for your room. Textures can give your bedroom an entirely different feel, as these can impact levels of comfort and aesthetic.

If you want to go down a more homey route with your bedroom and opt for comfort and plushness, then textiles such as cotton and linens work best for furniture and bedding.

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If you want to be elegant and glamorous, then rayon, satin, silk and velvet are your friends however sometimes may not be the most comfortable in areas such as bedding, as temperature factors into this.

For children's bedrooms, if you are thinking about upholstery, textiles with rougher textures such as canvas and leather work best as these are tough and durable.

Like patterns, you can combine textures to create interesting contrasts in any room. You could do this by contrasting smooth with rough, or fine with coarse. Doing this will create an interesting and unique feature in your room and add a great depth to the decor.

Other textile options

While we've listed the most common choices for a bedroom earlier, don't forget that there is a world of different textures out there to choose from. Choosing less common textiles may actually work in your favor, depending on the style and vibe you are going to create in your room.

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Choose wisely, try samples and make sure that you are in love with what you choose. However, always remember that the most important thing in a bedroom is comfort and relaxation so ensure you keep this in mind when choosing a not-so-common textile choice.

Other textile options you should consider include:

  • Leather
  • Lace
  • Satin
  • Jute
  • Linen
  • Microfibre
  • Faux Leather
  • Fur
  • Fake Fur
  • Denim
  • Burlap
  • Felt

This is not a complete list, as the options are endless. So, do your research, try things out and have fun.


While it is important to make a well-informed decision when it comes to adding textiles to your bedroom, it is equally important that you show your personality through your decor choices and that you love any addition you make to your home, otherwise, what's the point?

Whether you are thinking of bedding or pillows, or rugs and curtains, textiles are an important factor when adding the finishing touches to your bedroom. It's a great idea to know how to choose and add them wisely. We hope with the information we have provided that, you have gained more insight into how to choose textiles for your bedroom.

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