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   October 31, 2020  Facebook Twitter

Textile Trends

Current trends in Home Furnishing textiles include the use of fiber blends to create fabrics with improved properties, feel and texture.  There is also more use of higher grades of fibers and yarns. Outdoor rooms are also becoming an extension of the living  area, and indoor trends are moving outdoors.

Green Textiles (renewable fabrics) are gaining importance.  As a result, wool, linen and silk are becoming more popular.  Eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes and finishes are also being used.  Leather is also growing in importance for moderate-priced home furnishings.

There is an increased use of stretch fabrics.  In addition to spandex, mechanical stretch yarns are being used. High performance fabrics provide stain resistance for easy care, and fade resistance from sunlight, both indoors and out.  Antimicrobial technology is also being used in a variety of home furnishings and home textiles.

Texture and surface interest are important.  Textures used in apparel are crossing over into interior design, such as nubs, slubs, bouclés/chenilles, heavy tweed, and textured linen. The use of a variety of weaves and blends create fabric richness.  Fabrics with intricate jacquard patterns are also gaining in popularity .

New developments in yarns and finishes are creating fabrics with a super soft texture and hand. The use of rich metallic yarns and metallic highlights are being used to create surface interest, with hues of silver, gold, bronze, and copper.  Some of the important patterns include herringbone, hounds-tooth checks, and paisleys.

Color trends from apparel are being transferred to interior design.  Bright Colors have gained popularity from their use on home improvement television shows, where these colors show up better than subtle tones under the bright studio lights.  Inspiration for colors is also coming from the outdoors, with the use of citrus, neutrals, and autumn tones.  Color inspiration is becoming more trans-seasonal.

Smart textiles have moved into bedding products.  One example is the Smart Fabric Technology™ developed by Outlast® is being used in bedding to continually absorb, store, and release excess body heat, and to maintain an optimal temperature range for sleep.  Holofiber® is another responsive textile, which has been shown to increase blood oxygen levels and accelerate muscle recovery.  Holofiber is being used in sheets and pillows.



  • A.M.Y.®
  • Reflexx®



Stain Resistance

  • StainSmart®

Smart/Responsive Textiles

  • Holofiber®
  • Outlast®


  • Aegis Microbe Shield®
  • AMY®


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