Good Questions: Reupholstering Chairs to Coordinate with Cotswold Couch?

Good Questions: Reupholstering Chairs to Coordinate with Cotswold Couch?

Colleen Quinn
Mar 5, 2009

"Dear DC Apartment Therapy, I am looking to reupholster two chairs that I bought a few years back at Restoration Hardware and need some advice. My husband and I received an AMAZING gift for our wedding — the oversized leather Costwold couch from Anthropologie. It now serves as the centerpiece in our Washington, DC living room. In addition to this new piece, I am looking to get rid of the rug underneath it and replace it with a neutral jute. The rug we have now is a few years old from Pottery Barn and I can't stand that it still sheds like crazy! In order for our space not to look like it is "where beige and brown came to die" and because I have always wanted to, I am going to recover the two chairs. My dilemma is whether to do a print or a solid ...

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...right now I am aiming towards blues and greens. Because the Cotswold couch is such a magnificent piece, I don't want a print to take away from it but I also fear that a solid will be boring (keep in mind my husband hates decorative pillows). If I do a print, I'm looking for something more eclectic but not too modern and if I do a solid, I'd like a unique but semi-soft color. My goal is to get away from the Pottery Barn catalogue look! Any advice from you or your readers on whether to do a print or a solid and ideas for fabric would be wonderful! "

Kate, We love your new couch and your old chairs, but wonder if perhaps scale rather than color is the problem here. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it may be that you need only one chair and that couch in the room in order to reduce crowding. As to reupholstering, we do like the sound of blue or green, and would advise you go with a pattern with a small repeat if you want a pattern.

What do our readers think? Do any of you have ideas to share with Kate about fabric chairs and leather couches?

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