I’m still working on my unfinished project list (and still fairly confident I can get it finished by the end of the month if the weather will cooperate), but yesterday I took an hour break to go to JoAnn Fabrics and look at some fabric options for the music room chairs. I know some of you really like the blue that’s on them now, but I hate it. And no matter how much I try to convince myself to make the current fabric work, I just can’t.
The blue that’s on them now just seems a little too faded or dusty, plus it’s just too true blue to make the cut. Even just a tiny bit of green added to that blue would make it more a color I could work with, but true blues really clash with my teals. Plus, the fabric itself is like a cheap velour rather than a soft, luxurious velvet. So it has to go. There’s just no question about it.
After looking at all of the options, I finally decided to head towards the warm, bold, vibrant side (orange, coral, pink) instead of my default teals and greens. And while I was open to any fabric that would look nice in the room, I ended up with four solid fabrics. Here are all four of them together…
From left to right, I have a darker pink/fuschia, a pinker pink, a true orange, and a coral. (Side note: The floral fabric in the living room is just draped over a pillow. I’m determined to use that fabric in the living room, but I’m still not sure exactly how.)
I took these pictures last night as the sun was going down, so the rooms look much darker than they would at the brightest part of the afternoon, but here they are one at a time. First up, the dark pink/fuschia…
This is a nice, thick linen/cotton blend from P. Kaufmann called Winton Fuschia. And here’s a view of the fabric looking towards the entryway…
Next up is the pinker pink. This one is a cotton/polyester matelasse with a geometric pattern on it, but the design is pretty subtle. Here it seems to look more coral…
So this is probably a better representation of the color, which is more of a dark pink than a coral…
And then I tested out a true orange. This one is a 100% polyester Crypton fabric called Cross Current Tangerine. I love that it’s a Crypton fabric. I’d use Crypton fabrics on everything if I could.
I like how it brings the orange from my entryway lamp into the music room. But I’m just not sure how I feel about orange chairs.
And finally, I got a swatch of this coral outdoor canvas that the JoAnn Fabrics here in my city carries in stock. I love the color, but the actual fabric is much thinner than I would have expected for outdoor canvas, and it’s actually a little stretchy on the bias, which gives me pause. I don’t generally like my upholstery fabrics to have any stretch to them at all.
But the color is nice bridge between the orange lamp in the entryway and the coral lamp in the hallway.
So again, here are all four fabrics together.
The more I look at them, the more I think I like the first two (fuschia and pink) more than the orange and coral, but my opinion seems to change hourly. These chairs are very visible from the front door, so I want them to be just right. As far as the color goes, at this very moment, I like the second fabric the best. What makes me like it just a little less is that it’s a matelasse. If it were just a smooth fabric, I probably would have already purchased it. But I’m just not completely sold on a matelasse.
I’m sure y’all have opinions, so lay ’em on me. 😀 And while y’all do that, I’m going to head to Home Depot and get some light blue paint samples for my front porch ceiling.
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