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St Leger & Viney show you how to choose the best fabric for your interiors

Anna French has recently launched a captivatingly elegant collection of fabrics that are perfect for curtaining and furniture re-upholstery. We take a look at some important tips you need to consider when making the right fabric choices. 

Whether you are choosing fabrics, the common sense rule is to invest in a quality fabric. St Leger & Viney understand this, and are committed to bringing you the very best in local and international fabrics that are both on-trend and versatile. The Manor collection from Anna French is such one. Follow these guidelines to adapting your own personal style to what they have available.


The durablity of your fabric is based on the placement of your fabric within your home, as well as the quality of the print. A woven fabric lasts much longer than a printed fabric. This relates to weaving; the tigher the weave and the higher the thread count, the denser the fabric which means you have a product that determines the investment potential of your fabric.

Tight weaves and velvet cuts mean a longer lasting fabric


Connect your pattern to your decor. This helps to balance out a style, especially if you want to adapt a variety of your preferred styles.

Agree on a mood. Do you prefer a more traditional or casual feel? A damask print is perfect for the former, while a more modern geometric pattern compliments the latter. Luckily, traditional floral patterns are very en vogue for interiors; an excellent choice for when you just cannot decide on one particular mood.

What will it be? Geometric works wonderfully when you can’t decide on a style


Follow this simple rule: small scale patterning for smaller spaces and larger scale for a large airy interior.

Small ornate prints for smaller rooms (left) a example of a multiple print room (right)


Neutrals satisfy a room for a longer time. Bold and bright is meant to make a statement. Keep it balanced by considering the size of your room. Apply the same patterning rule when considering colour.

Neutrals vs. a mixed-colour setting


The amount of natural sunlight a room receives will also dictate the best fabric to use. Again, common sense rules; for example, a brighter curtaining fabric works to enhance the light in a smaller, darker room. This principle applies to lighter interiors too as you can get away with a darker and more moody fabric.

Sunlight plays a important role in preserving your fabrics

Blinds and shutters are also a great solution to fabric protection. Sunlight exposure can be damaging to fabrics. Fading may occur, but this is based largely on the quality of your fabrics. Always buy your fabrics from a reputable supplier.

To view the complete Manor collection, visit St Leger & Viney at www.stleger.co.za

Adapted from The Spruce 

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