Nothing perks up an old piece of furniture quite like new upholstery. If you're looking for a chair or sofa that will make a statement, something a little out of the ordinary, take a gander at these 10 creative ways to reupholster old furniture.
1. Cover the back of the chair in a contrasting fabric.
Like Andrea of Wild Chairy, who is the queen of transforming old chairs into stunning new pieces. (The chairs pictured above are available, if you're not feeling like a project yourself.) This is a great way to add a little extra interest to a piece that will be seen from all sides.
2. Cover an old piece in an unexpected pattern.
Like this bold floral from Timorous Beasties...
Or these bold stripes, on a Victorian-style sofa spotted on Young House Love.
3. Punch up an old piece with a brightly colored velvet.
Like this chair, spotted on The Paris Apartment.
4. Consider non-traditional upholstery fabrics, like a serape...
DIY from A Beautiful Mess.
5. ...Or a Hudson's Bay blanket.
This sofa is available from Sit and Read.
Or a cat.
Just kidding, this is more blanket upholstery inspiration, from Freunde von Freunden. But of course every chair looks better with a cat on it.
6. Nothing livens up a piece quite like contrasting piping.
We love this blue + orange combo, from Mona Ross Berman Interiors.
7. A Mongolian sheepskin (especially a black one) will add a little edge to a delicately styled piece.
Another great idea from Wild Chairy.
8. Play with different fabrics...
Like velvet + ticking stripes, spotted on Twig Hutchinson.
9. And different textures.
Velvet and leather, spotted on Trendland.
10. If you're feeling really bold, try a pattern-on-pattern look.
Spotted on House to Home. Choosing two patterns in the same color family will keep the look from getting too too wild.