Choosing your soft furnishing first requires a clear idea on what purpose you intend to use it for. Depending on the utility of your fabric, the quality and make of the fabric you need also varies.
Linen: Linen, be it table linen or bed linen undergoes a lot of wear and tear. Two of the most used fabrics in the household, they should be hardy, wear-resistant and easy to clean. And that is exactly what a linen is. The only down side, it creases easily. So you might want to be a little careful about ironing it. Be sure to clean your bed linen regularly and properly, as it is one of the most common causes of allergy.
Throws: Throws can be for purely decorative purposes or to add to the comfort-quotient of your room. If looks are all you intend to enhance, a cheap but catchy throw is what you need. Compromising on quality is not going to be an issue. But if utility is important, choose a higher quality product, according to your purpose.
Curtains & Drapes: Depending upon the effect you wish to create, your curtains can either be flimsy or thick. If a light, breezy feel is what you want, then go for flimsy fabrics in pastel palettes. If you have a deeper, richer and darker room in mind, go for thick drapes in equally dark shades. When choosing the lighter more sheer fabrics, remember that it offers little privacy during nights. If that is not an issue, go ahead.
Upholstery: Upholstery is something that requires durable fabric, since you won’t be changing that frequently. You can use natural fabrics like linen and cotton or synthetic fabrics like acrylic and nylon.
Rugs: Rugs are placed on one of the most heavy-traffic regions of the house – the floor. Subject to tremendous wear and tear, be sure to choose wear-resistant fabric for this. Rugs must be durable and easily cleanable. Choosing dark shades will help mask dirt better, but do not steer away from your color scheme too much for just this.