Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
I’ve decided that for my living room, I need to start with a floral fabric, and then decorate from there. It’s what I did last time, but unfortunately I chose the wrong floral fabric for my taste. I’ve decided what I need is a floral that packs a colorful punch, has a large scale pattern, and most importantly, is on a very light (preferably white) background. I also want it to have both blues and greens, as well as some warm colors, preferably a good mix of reds, yellows, and oranges.
And this time, I won’t be using it on window treatments. I’ve decided that I like my florals better used in ways that you can actually see the flowers in all their glory. When they’re made into draperies, you really lose the beauty of the pattern.
I’m embarrassed to tell you how many hours I’ve been searching. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every single floral fabric available online. I started this search at the beginning of my blogging break at the end of last year, and I spent at least an hour each night searching, and searching, and searching. At one time, I probably had over 100 fabrics saved in my “maybe” file, but I’ve narrowed those options down to just the few below. But now it seems like an impossible task choosing just one.
Option #1 is Schumacher’s Hothouse Flowers in Spark. Unfortunately, even through my trade account, this fabric is still $102/yard. That number is hard for me to swallow, but after thinking about it for a couple of weeks, I’ve decided that the floral fabric I choose might just be important enough for me to make it one of my splurges. And if I just make pillows, I wouldn’t need much.
But if I decide to reupholster a chair or something, then it’s out. I won’t spend that much on fabric.
Here’s that fabric used on pillows. Look at those big, gorgeous, colorful flowers!!!
Option #2 is Richloom’s Whipporwill Summer fabric. It has a ton of color, and obviously it has one more thing that I absolutely love. Birds! Y’all know how I have a love for anything with birds on it.
Here’s that fabric made into a pillow.
Option #3 is Waverly Candid Moment Gardenia. When I saw this fabric swatch below, I wasn’t very impressed. But I’ve learned that instead of just looking at the fabric swatch, it’s important to actually find a picture of the fabric made into something like a pillow or curtains.
It definitely looks better as a pillow. And again…birds!
And then I also found a picture of it as curtains. Too bad I couldn’t find a full-length picture, but at least this shows more of the fabric.
Option #4 is Richloom’s Lucy Eden fabric. Another one with birds, and funny whimsical birds at that!
This is another fabric that didn’t really impress me as a fabric swatch, but seeing it used on a large item really changed my opinion of it.
And then here’s a pillow made with the fabric, centered on the bird.
Option #5 is P. Kaufmann’s Paint Palette Punch fabric. I really do like this fabric. I absolutely love the colors, but this is more of a painterly pattern, and I think I’m more drawn to the Jacobean prints. But the colors of this fabric have kept it the running.
You can see more of the pattern on these curtains.
And here it is made into a pillow.
Option #6 is Zephirine Fabric’s Orangerie. This is a perfect example of the need to find the fabric actually made into something rather than just looking at the swatch, because quite honestly, I thought this swatch was downright ugly.
But look at it on this headboard! I love it! I think it might be a bit too busy for the look I’m going for. And I really do prefer the Jacobean prints over the more realistic florals like this. But again with this fabric, the colors have kept it in the running.
Option #7 is Richloom’s Gloria Jubilee. This fabric is just about perfect. It’s more Jacobean in style. It has just about ever color I could want. The greens look like they would blend beautifully with the color I used on my kitchen cabinets.
The only thing that has kept me from buying this one is the background. It looks like it’s more of a cream color than white. If it was white, I think my decision would have already been made.
Option #8 is Braemore’s Wonderland Pearl fabric. The colors are great, and I love that it’s more Jacobean in style. And even though the background isn’t white, the fabric does have white in the pattern. My only wish is that it had less pink and more red, but I could probably live with that. And Matt said that a bit of pink on fabric won’t bother him. He just doesn’t want me painting walls with pink. 🙂
I love this fabric used on the chair in this living room by Sarah Richardson. I pretty much love everything about this room.
And it’s definitely colorful! Here’s a pillow centered on an orange/yellow flower.
And then here’s another pillow centered on a pink/purple flower.
Option #9 is Covington Wilmington Multi fabric. Again, I love the Jacobean pattern, and the colors are great. I do love orange, and it has plenty of that, but there’s also some red and yellow in the mix.
Here’s a picture of it made into a pillow.
So I’ve whittled my choices down to those nine…from over a hundred. I don’t know how I’ll settle on just one, but I do feel like just the exercise of writing this post helped me narrow down even further. The ones that are really standing out to me are #1 (Schumacher Hothouse Flowers Spark), #2 (Richloom Whipporwill Summer), #7 (Richloom Gloria Jubilee),#8 (Braemore Wonderland Pearl), and #9 (Covington Wilmington Multi). So it’ll probably be down to those five. Once I figure this out, I know that everything else will fall into place for my living room.
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