May 9, 2010

Upholstered Dining Chairs

by Emma Jane Pilkington via Little Green Notebook

My good friend Nedra is looking to reupholster a set of dining chairs and she's torn between a neutral fabric or something more bold with color and pattern.  I've offered to post some photos depicting various fabric prints to see if anything inspires her.  Here are some fabric looks that I love and think could work really well in her setting.  And the great thing is, if you don't want to commit to bold color, you can still use a bold pattern in a more neutral tone and get a very sophisticated look.

1)  Trellis Patterns.  Kelly Wearstler's Imperial Trellis fabric for Schumacher is a huge hit right now.  I love the look of that as well as some of similar trellis patterns.

by Brown Design, Inc. via decorpad  (I LOVE this space!)

via designlinesltd  (love the yellow accents!)

2)  Large Floral & Abstract Floral Prints. 

by Little Green Notebook, using the oh-so-popular Chiang Mai Dragon fabric

Thomas Paul design for Duralee

Thomas Paul design for Duralee
3)  Chevron pattern.

from 1st Dibs via Caitlin Creer

And one more thing... I've seen that indoor/outdoor fabrics, which are more comfortable and stylish than ever, are being used more and more in interior spaces, which might make sense for a dining room used by kids.  Otherwise just make sure whatever you choose is durable and has some sort of stain treatment.  Here is a great post from Spruce Austin about fabric durability.

Have fun Nedra!