Y’all, I’ve finally done it. It took a while for me to get here, but I finally made my fabric choices for the living room chairs. These are the chairs I’m talking about…
The last time we talked about this topic was a little over a month ago, and I had (or at least I thought I had) narrowed it down to two fabric options.
One linen-texture upholstery fabric and one velvet upholstery fabric. But even after reading all of your comments, I just couldn’t seem to make myself click that “buy now” button on either of them.
So I waited, and I mulled it over, and I tested out some other swatches. Nothing seemed to give me that oomph that I wanted for those chairs.
And finally it hit me. The perfect answer. I decided to use the floral fabric that I love so much (but have been having a hard time figuring out how to use it), which is this P. Kaufmann Paint Palette in Puch on the backs and sides of the chairs, and then I’ll cover the rest with a coordinating solid velvet fabric. And since the backs of the chairs with the floral fabric will be facing the entryway wall, here’s a peek at how they look together…
For those of you who already thought my entryway was way too busy, I’m sure your heads are about to explode. 😀 But I love it. I’ve had these fabrics draped on one of the chairs for about a week now, just living with it to see if it felt right, and I love it more every day. It just feels like “me.” Flowers and birds. The only thing that could make this better is if I could fit a tree in there somewhere. 😀
That velvet fabric looks kind of dark in the picture above. It doesn’t look that dark in the room, especially during the day with the sunlight spilling into the room. It’s more of a pinkish magenta color, and it goes beautifully with the living room rug. It’s called Lux Velvet in Azalea, and it’s from Tonic Living. Here’s one of their pictures of it…
Isn’t that pretty? And it goes so beautifully with the floral fabric.
And the floral fabric has the living room drapery color in it (the light purple), so I think it’s perfect.
I know the question is going to be, “How does that velvet look with the green loveseat?”
Well, that’s not going to be an issue. I decided to move it somewhere else, and as soon as I told Matt that, he said, “Oh, can I use it in my [game] room?” So that’s where it’s going.
And what will go in its place? Y’all are going to think I’m crazy (if you don’t already), but I’m seriously considering building a loveseat from scratch. I have searched and searched and searched for the perfect loveseat with the right style, the perfect shape, the correct size, and the perfect fabric (or the option to find the perfect loveseat and do a COM order where I send them the fabric that I want to use). I have searched until I can’t search anymore. Oh, I’ve found companies that will do COM orders, but the two or three that I’ve found that would actually work including the fabric, would be $2500+. For a loveseat.
Obviously there are people willing to pay that kind of money for a loveseat, but I’m not one of them. I’d consider paying that for a really comfy sofa to go in a family room where I’d be using that sofa every single day, but never for a loveseat in a front living room.
So I started mulling over the idea of actually building one from scratch. I’ve built a wingback chair from scratch…
…and I learned a lot during that process that I could use to build a loveseat. And what I want is very simple — something like this…
I mean, the shape of that is so simple. Seriously, how hard could that be to build?! And as far as color, I’m thinking dark purple. 😀 JoAnn Fabric has this gorgeous dark purple chenille-type fabric in stock, and I drool over it every time I’m in there. I think it would be gorgeous with the chair fabrics, the rug, and the light purple draperies.
Anyway, yes. I’m probably crazy. But I just think building from scratch is the only way I’ll actually get exactly what I want in the right size, shape, style and fabric. And of course, I could build it for waaaayyyy less than $2500. And really, how hard could it be? 😀
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.