There’s been a hint of Spring in the air these last few days here with blue skies and a few flowers emerging from the ground. This always turns my mind to what I can change around in the house. What have I become a bit un – enamoured with ? What can I change to make a difference without always doing up the whole room.
Being a textiles obsessive as you may know, I’m usually making new blinds or curtains and more often than not having a piece of furniture reupholstered. It can completely transform the look of a room and add a lovely fresh feel to get the inspiration flowing. This month I had one one of my favourite chairs covered in fabulous Riko Sunflower yellow fabric by Scion and it’s really cheered up the space.
When I’m looking at fabrics there are some factors I take in to consideration before choosing the right one. For this chair I considered lots of different textures and hues as I’d like to keep it covered in this fabric for some time. It has to work with our current colour scheme and some other palette changes that are on the way …
I’ve put together a little list of just in case it’s helpful for anything you might be considering. After all it can be a bit of a minefield with so many beautiful versatile colours and prints to choose from. I always feel slightly overwhelmed by choice and want to use them all .. hehe.
Test of time.
If you want your lovingly covered piece to stay fabulous for as long as possible, it’s important to check the credentials ! You’ll want something strong and durable – and if you have pets and or kids then can it be cleaned easily ?
Naturally, thicker fabrics will stand the test of time better. So a woven material as opposed to a printed cotton for example.
This Scion fabric in particular is Polyester and cotton and is perfect for covering a chair.
For a nice relaxed feel in the room then choose similar tones to what you are already working with. The rule for a harmonious look is 4 shades close together. For example blue, blue greens, green and yellow green. Or if you want a more energetic overall vibe then opposites like blue, red and yellow. Choose a predominant colour ( if you don’t have one already ) for your sofa or armchair and add accessories around that.
I have gone for just yellow for the armchair with grey accessories being the rug and throw – both from Wayfair. The room although is South facing still doesn’t get 100 % light all year round so I have decided after years of trying to brighten it, to embrace the light and so will be painting the room a subtle shade of grey too soon.
Pops of blue around add an extra bit of depth. This vintage style cup and saucer is from Sweetpea & Willow.
Samples and measuring.
You should always be able to access samples especially if you’re looking to buy online. Usually they are free if you’re ordering up to about 5 but otherwise there’s a minimal charge for each. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do this before buying metres. Once a fabric is cut it is usually non returnable – so make sure you order enough too. The textures and colours in reality are sometimes different to how it appears. Going back to my first point about whether it’ll last – you’ll only be able to tell really if you’ve checked it out first hand.
Regarding patterned fabric – you will potentially need more to pattern match. Bear this in mind as you don’t want to be short so make sure you order enough.
Fire retardant ?
You can always check this to make sure the material is safe and fire retardant. All upholstery fabrics are produced to standard fire retardant regulations but they can be ‘FR ‘ treated to increase their safety if needed for say a hotel or restaurant. It’s a good idea to check with the company if you’re not sure on the levels needed for your project.
Mixing it up. Old and new.
Adding some fun, if it’s an old piece of furniture or it’ll be in a room full of contemporary things – then maybe shake things up and use a retro style print like this one form Art & Hue – they offer a choice of colours to suit your room with most of their pictures. Love their Pop Art. Do check them out.
If it’s vintage all the way so far in the room then maybe think to use a modern style print. It adds a totally different dynamic. Of course, there’s always good ol’ Pinterest if you want to see how this can work beautifully.
Hope this is helpful and that you like my newly upholstered armchair ?
One extra piece of extra advice is to ask for what is left over from the fabric if someone is upholstering for you. You can make cushions from it and it’s always handy to have the swatch if you need to colour match while you’re out shopping for other accessories.
Do you have anything that you’d love to do up soon ?
I was gifted the fabric, rug, throw, cup and saucer and unframed print. All opinions as ever are my own.