Decisions, decisions, decisions — when it comes to upholstery, the endless amount of choices can make picking the right fabric quite daunting. Pattern or solid? Bold color or neutral? Fabric or leather? There are infinite possibilities to express yourself while setting the tone of a room with upholstery.
The right upholstery is an investment, so unless you have an endless upholstery fund, you better plan on finding something you’ll love for the long run. But not to fear, we’re here to help tackle this process head-on. We asked 14 designers to walk us through their decision-making process on how they choose the right upholstery for a space. —Tawnee
Image above: “Picking upholstery can be both fun and challenging. The first thing I take into consideration is where the piece is going — if the item is going into a high-use room, then I try and pick a fabric that is durable and will wear well, and often in a darker color palette. If the item is larger, then I like to pick a more neutral fabric so that it doesn’t dictate the rest of the room. Smaller pieces are where I like to add both pattern and texture. Using bold fabric on accent chairs can really transform a room, but are easier to change out should trends evolve. Don’t forget to shop around when you find a fabric you love because prices can vary considerably from different vendors” —Kirsten Blazek, Creative Director of 1000x Better