I finally made a decision on my dining chairs, fabrics, etc., and got the fabrics purchased/ordered. I’ve looked at probably 100+ pictures of dining room with upholstered chairs over the last three days, and I really did go back and forth over whether I wanted my side chairs to have the exposed frame like this…
Or if I wanted them fully upholstered. I actually like the look of the exposed frame just a tiny bit more but when it comes right down to it, I just don’t think it’s possible to do that on my chairs because the cane backing is attached so closely to the edge of the frame. In order to cover up the cane backing, there would only be about 1/2-inch of frame exposed on the sides (perhaps less if I use piping), so that kind of defeats the purpose.
But that’s okay, because I really do like the look of a fully upholstered chair also. And I came across two pictures that really made me excited about the possibility in my dining room. The first one was this dining room, with the gorgeous raspberry dining chairs with the white piping, tufted backs, and white buttons.
Here’s a closer view of those same chairs in that dining room.
Of course, those chairs are a very different shape from my chairs. But then I came across this dining room by one of my favorite designers. Its the same concept, and the shape is closer to that of my chairs. So you can picture a tufted back on these rectangular back chairs with the solid coral fabric and white piping.
I love that embroidered design on the backs of the chairs also, and if I can find someone with an embroidery machine who will take on such a small order (just six chairs), I’d love to do something like that on my chairs. I’m still undecided on the skirts, though. I really hadn’t envisioned full skirts on my side chairs, but I do love the way those look. I had actually envisioned a short pleated skirt like this, but maybe even a little shorter…
But anyway, on to the fabric. I ordered the solid coral fabric for my side chairs. It’s Richloom Forsyth Coral. The color on that website isn’t accurate at all. Mine looks a bit more accurate to me, but the color is pretty much exactly the color that the buffet used to be.
For the host chairs, I decided to go with a combo of the Richloom Anamarie Aspen fabric and the Robert Allen Run Along Sunburst, both of which are on sale for 60% off right now. I still plan to build my own host chairs, with the floral fabric wrapped around the back and sides, and the other fabric used for the seat and front of the back — basically the areas that will receive the wear and tear.
So that’s the plan! Fabric has been ordered, and things are moving forward.