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Furniture Revival Bring an old furniture piece back to life with bold, luxurious fabrics that enhance—or play against—the silhouette of your piece. Perhaps it’s a French paisley pattern that repeats the curve of the legs of a stool, or a bold graphic textile that counteracts clean, quiet lines.
Whatever your look, with a few simple steps and the perfect fabric, creating a one-of-a-kind piece is so easy. And because you only need a yard or so of fabric, this is the perfect project for splurging on a gorgeous silk or one-of-a-kind pattern you’ve been eyeing. With custom upholstering, you can bring any furniture piece back to life and add depth, texture and color to your space.
Make Your Choices Consider these ideas when selecting furniture and fabric for a winning combination:
Tip: Don’t feel like your furniture piece has to be perfect. Regardless of nicks and blemishes, your piece simply needs an interesting, vintage silhouette. Imperfections enhance the historic, unique nature of this project. If the shape is right but the finish is simply an eyesore, consider painting or staining your piece. To learn more about refinishing older pieces, read Diamonds in the Rough.
Tip: Remember, when it comes to creative projects, there are guidelines—but no rules. To put a serious twist on your look, try creating tension by pairing a free-flowing floral print with a heavy, masculine furniture piece. Contrasting elements adds instant depth and texture and is a major trend in current décor.
A Thousand Fabrics When it comes to choosing a fabric for your upholstery project, the options are virtually endless. Make sure your textile is of upholstery grade—tougher and heavier than drapery or fashion varieties—and then let your imagination run wild.
Tip: If a salesperson can’t assist you, you can perform a basic test on your fabric swatch to ensure it is of upholstery grade. Hold the swatch from two corners (diagonally opposite each other) and pull gently. Then switch your hands and pull from the other two corners. If the fabric maintains its basic shape, it’s suitable for upholstery purposes.
Consider swatches in bold colors, vibrant patterns and interesting textures. Try colors like burnt orange, deep plum and Kelly green that will pop against wood and add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral space. Textures like satin, velvet and suede create warmth and depth, while oversized prints play with scale and proportion for added interest. You can even stamp or stencil your own fabric for a truly personal touch.
As you’re combing through options, remember that many different textiles can be applied in upholstery form. Bring instant texture and depth with unexpected choices like embroidery, crewel work, cross-stitch, cotton rugs, wool rugs, batiks and tweeds.
Tip: There’s no reason you can’t remove your cushion from the furniture and bring it with you to the fabric store. It’s a simple way to guarantee a fool-proof purchase.
Once you’ve selected your fabric and a furniture piece with a removable seat, you’re ready to begin upholstering.
Employ a Professional Some furniture pieces require professional upholstering—if your piece is completely covered in fabric or has upholstered seat backs, an expert should handle the project. Consider these smart tips and tricks when handing over your furniture:
Upholstering is a simple and special way to bring a unique, personalized décor piece into your home. Whether it’s an armchair that’s been passed down for generations or a one-of-a-kind heirloom textile, mixing the old with the new deepens your home design and enriches your space’s personality.
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