Fabrics for Reupholstering Dining Chairs to Better Match My Room's Style?

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Q: I have a very busy apartment, style and living-wise. I have these chairs that are at least 10 years old. Ideally, I would like new, more-Victorian styled chairs, but money is an issue. These are very sturdy but the fabric doesn't match my style and design. I'm at a loss for what color(s) or pattern to reupholster them. I also don't want to overdo it because I do have a lot going on everywhere pattern-wise, as you can see in the last picture of my living room which is connected to the dining room. I would like to do a nice, crisp, plain white, but I have a toddler and a messy husband so it's not realistic. I would really love some fresh ideas. Thank you in advance!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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