With my multiple dining room schemes still up in the air, one thing is clear to me: my black Chinese Chippendale chairs will no longer be used around a table. This frees the pair up to be used as accent chairs in the living room. Ever since I found these chairs, I’ve wanted to recover the chair cushions, and now I’m finally motivated. My instinct was to reupholster the chairs in a black and white pattern because I’m so fickle when it comes to color and I love the flexibility and layering ability with neutrals. I prefer a small scale black and white pattern as I’ve already used a larger scale zebra on my wood chairs in the same room.
Here are three fabrics I’m considering as well as a colorful wild card. (Just can’t help myself!)
#1 Highland Court “Leopold” in charcoal: My initial favorite. It’s a thick weave with a really nice hand to it. I like the loose spots… it reminds me a bit of Les Touches. I also think it would hold up well. (Look at me being all practical in my own home.)
#2 John Robshaw for Duralee “Bindi” in indigo: An easy pattern to pair with ANYTHING. It’s simple. clean and also a weave (read more depth and texture.) It’s also technically deep blue, but I treat that as a neutral.
#3 Stone Textile “Signature Print”: I’m in love with this design by Elizabeth Mollen! It’s whimsical, modern and traditional at the same time. While its a printed cotton, it has a nice hand-drawn quality to it. I’m using it for a project elsewhere in my house and MAY have enough leftover to do the chairs. If not, the fabric is really well priced!
#4 Designers Guild “Orangerie” in rose: I love this fabric. Yes, its neither small scale, nor black and white. But its gorgeous, with nearly a hand painted quality and has so many colors in it that it could be paired with many different schemes. I probably wouldn’t have thought of it, but I have two scraps that MAY be enough cover the chairs.
Here are all of the fabrics on the chairs to give you a sense of scale and depth.
Right now I am testing out the chairs in front of the fireplace. I like the little change up.
The color slut in me is just dying to use the Orangerie as it goes surprisingly well with my current coral, red and black scheme…
But what happens in 6 months when I decide I hate red and banish it from my home? It’s inevitable. The good news is Orangerie also has blue, green, yellow and lilac in the pattern. Or do I keep it clean and classic? I can always do black and white upholstery and two floral lumbar pillows.
Stay tuned Wednesday, there is a biggie post coming. I have a new project and its going to be a lot of fun.