I tend to focus on fabrics to create interest in a space; however, young children limit the fabrics you can use as many of them —including suede, silks, raw silks, etc. — show wear and stains very easily. To showcase the fabrics we love, we try to use them creatively, like on the wall.
These days there are lots of stylish upholstery fabrics designed to withstand the pressure of families (and worse!). At Purvi Padia Design, we love the stain-resistant fabrics from Holly Hunt, Slobproof, Crypton, and Nano-tex. Sometimes we use them only on the seats of upholstered pieces (the parts that get most wear), selecting a more striking, but perhaps less hardy, fabric for the frame.