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Whenever I open fabrics that I've ordered online I hold my breath - hoping that they look like the photo ... luckily all of these did!
but that hasn't always been the case - I fell in love with a richloom print, waited for it to get off of back order and when it arrived it didn't look quite like the photo :(
The photo from the website (top photo) looks vibrant with rich colors while the photo that I took looks washed out - still pretty, but not what I wanted - so I thought I would share some tips on what have helped me order online ...
1. Google the fabric and check out images of scale and color: many fabrics have photos of pillows, chairs, etc. that have been taken in a variety of lighting - a great way to get a feel for what the fabric will look like
2. For photos that include a ruler: make sure to check the scale - sometimes photos can be deceiving - the pattern can look larger or smaller than it actually is
3. Take note of the material: Becoming familiar with fabric types gives you a better idea of the weight and texture of the fabric. i.e. duck cotton will have a tight stiffer weave and medium weight - while a cotton sateen will be a finer weave, lighter weight, and smoother touch
Finally when possible, I would recommend ordering from fabric.com - they offer free shipping for orders over $35, great prices, and FREE RETURN shipping!
Stay tuned to see my solution for 54" fabric for a wider headboard (fingers crossed it works!)