Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reader Question: Help I'm Doubting My Fabric Choices

I received an email from a reader looking for help picking out fabric to upholster some recent ebay/craigslist scores, here's what she had to say:

"I recently purchased these wonderful pieces at rock bottoms prices on eBay and my local thrift store. In the proposed setting is a mid century modern navy blue velvet sofa, a brass bar cart, a pair of brass and glass coffee tables and a pair of wooden lamps (without shades). I was initially thinking of upholstering the console in distressed leather and the stools in Schmachers' aquamarine Chiang Mai dragon fabric BUT I'm beginning to second guess myself. Additionally there are NO existing window treatments or rug."

I actually really like the fabric that she choose to recover the stools but I thought it might be helpful to have a few more options. Distressed leather sounds great for the console, I would stay with the original plan for that.

modern floral fabric options for upholstery

The reader's first choice is the Chiang Mai dragon fabric and I think the coral flowers are a nice compliment to her navy velvet sofa so I stuck with that color combination but choose the Hot House Flowers fabric as my top choice because I liked the cream colored background. Two other options, a suzani and another floral, could also work and are less expensive than the top 2 choices.

modern floral fabric options for upholstery

With the rich colored sofa and bold patterned stools I thought a textured neutral rug would help bring balance to the space. I've always been a big fan of this pebble rug from West Elm.

What do you think of this fabric options? Which one would you choose? Can you recommend a fabric option for these stools?

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1 comment:

  1. Although i like your readers choice, it has a much more oriental look and feel to it. Your 1st choice reminded me of the patterns that Laura Ashley produced in the early to mid 90's during the tail end of the chintz and floral era, there is nothing wrong in that. My fave is the more blue toned option (3). But then I am more of a Traditional home kind of girl. If your home is contemporary by nature your first choice maybe more suited to a neutral background. Good luck either way :)