I’m finally ready (mentally, that is 😀 ) to reupholster the two chairs that I’ve had in storage for years and want to use in the living room. I’ve been holding on to these chairs for probably ten years, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them, and I finally have one. The fabric and padding is in horrible condition, but the frames and springs are strong and sturdy, and I just love the shape of the chairs.
I’ve narrowed it down to two fabrics, and I’ve been staring at these fabrics for about two weeks now and can’t seem to make a decision. One is more pink, it’s a velvet, and it blends perfectly with the living room rug. The other is a coral woven fabric with beautiful color variations throughout.
The one on the left is called Speedy from P. Kaufmann, and the color is Coral. The one on the right is called Vance in the color Blossom from High Fashion Home.
I’m just having such a hard time deciding. The problem is that the Vance Blossom velvet clearly goes better in the room — with the rug, the purple draperies, the teal fireplace. But I like the coral color better. There’s just something about that touch of orange that gives such vibrancy that I love.
The Vance Blossom fabric is beautiful, though. Here it is on a sofa…
And even though it’s a cotton velvet, which I generally dislike, it’s considerably softer than every other cotton velvet sample I’ve ordered. It’s also very durable (150,000 double rubs), which makes it very tempting. The P. Kaufmann coral fabric is less durable (51,000 double rubs).
If only I could have the coral color in the velvet fabric, I’d be perfectly satisfied. Ecstatic, in fact, because I’ve been looking at and ordering samples of coral and pink fabrics for what seems like months now, and these two are the best of the bunch. And I’m tired of ordering fabric samples. I’m ready to order fabric and get these chairs done!
I know this seems like a no-brainer, right? Just order the more durable fabric with the color that goes better with the rug. But I’m having a hard time letting go of that perfect coral color.
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