The first way that fabrics convey atmosphere is based on their purpose or usage. Fabrics can be used as either accents or primary pieces. For example, you might be using a fabric tablecloth over a long wooden table. The fabric provides an accent while the wooden table provides a more rustic atmosphere.
On the other hand you might use large, elegant, leather couches to convey an atmosphere of class. However, if you accent the classy, leather sofa with average polyester throw pillows, you are degrading the overall class of the sofa.
Type of Fabric
If you are worried about limitations when it comes to fabric, don’t be. There are a plethora of options for fabric including rayon, silk, polyester, leather, acrylic, cotton, olefin, acrylic, nylon, and a whole bunch of others. Every single fabric has its own very distinct properties which can convey a different atmosphere.
For example, silk conveys elegance and richness. A clubhouse that wants to promote a more elite atmosphere might consider silk for their drapery or pillow upholstery. Polyester on the hand is a more durable and common fabric that is great for clubhouses that want to create a more relaxed atmosphere.
Textures, Colors, and Patterns
The texture of fabrics can also convey different atmospheres. A great example of this is using something such as wool in a clubhouse that caters to an “outdoors” type of clientele. This is perfect for clubhouses that are already set in a rural, mountain, or southwestern setting.
Colors are often chosen because of the emotional responses that they can elicit. There are numerous studies on the effects of colors on a person’s emotional state. While you want to design your clubhouse with an appealing color palette, you should at least consult some of these studies.
Patterns, similarly to colors, can elicit different types of feelings and provide a different atmosphere. Different patterns can convey a contemporary atmosphere or a more affluent atmosphere.