Tip 1: Use two fabrics on the same piece
House & Garden UK magazine and features dining chairs with 2 fabrics - a timeless look, but more interest than one overall fabric.
Below is a Before & After of an antique fainting couch from a Beautiful Habitat project in Louisville, Colorado.
We used both a solid black and a contemporary print from Kravet to customize the piece.
Small patterns can look like solids from a distance. This can be a "safer" alternative if you aren't ready to go bold. You'll still have interest and uniqueness in the piece, but it will not be too trendy.
Tip 3: Use a Big Pattern
A large and bold pattern can still be timeless. Here, elegant dining chairs have again been upholstered in two different fabrics. This time a large embroidered pattern has been centered on the chair backs of each chair. The result is truly stunning.
This is from House & Garden, UK magazine May 2007.
So think out-of-the-box with your upholstery and have fun!
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