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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fabric for the New Chair-HELP !!!!!

Shopping for fabric is either really fun or super frustrating. With my room fabric samples in tow,  I spent the day looking through 3 super huge fabric stores for the perfect fabric for my new chair.  I came away with nothing.

Here is what I am working with to refresh you memory.  Leather chair, white sofa and beige La-Z-Boy recliner.  (This is the one I found at GW for $20.)  It replaces a much larger recliner, and fits the size of the room so much better.  (Take note of the drapes, they have to stay, so something has to coordinate. )



 The beige on the recliner needs to be replaced and it is definitely the wrong color beige.  So I am on the search for the perfect thing, whatever that is.



I use two different groups of pillows mostly, so I am including those here to see how fabrics coordinate.


 The plaid pillow matches fabric that is on the top of the drapes, so it definitely stays.  The next pillow is a fabric  that I also made table runners for the breakfast room table so the two areas coordinate.


 This is the second pillow combination that I like to use in here.  Since I have the dark leather chair, some dark in the pillow fabrics seemed to tie things together.


 I was really looking for a neutral fabric of some sort, maybe some kind of a cream or something, however, I didn't want something as light as the white sofa, and yet I didn't want really dark either.  There were a ton of fabrics that were stunning in silk, however, not for a recliner.  I came home with four samples, non of them right.


 This one looks so yellow it is really not good at all.


 This one has more of a rusty tone and is ok, just that, simply ok.



I really thought this was going to be perfect.  This one is a creamy color, but then it looks dirty next to the sofa.  Whites are hard to match up, I think I need more contrast.


 You can see here that none of these are good choices.  I think I will look online and send for some samples.


Ok, guys, I need help.  What should I be looking for and what color do you think would be great?  Maybe I need to get rid of all the pillows I have and look for a print for the chair, then I can use solid color pillows, or maybe one pillow in the same fabric as the chair.  Help, give me some imput.


Also, just a reminder, don't forget our SUMMER CLOCHE PARTY  this coming Tuesday 7/24.



23 comments:

  1. I could see a thin stripe working beautifully in your room, something neutral, but that would add a touch of pattern.

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  2. I really like the brown with the pattern, it would go nicely with the two other chairs. : )

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  3. Marty,
    Perhaps a simple stripe with a combination of all the colors. . .the lighter being dominant! Stripe is definitely Traditional, but also, gives movement to the room! Take your brown (darkest) pillow with you on your next outing!!! Years ago, I paid (way too much) quite dearly for a throw pillow of the color palette that I wanted in our Traditional living room On Crooked Creek! Every time I make a new purchase for the room...the pillow goes with me!!! I know you'll find EXACTLY what you're looking for...don't give up and never, never, never give in!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  4. Since it's a recliner and probably will get used a lot I'd be afraid of any color that is too light. I agree with the comment from Pat- take your fabric sample with you of your own stuff, it helps to make the choices! I carry a plastic baggie with my wall color sample, and fabric pieces from my furniture (arm chair covers work) when I'm out looking for something to match.
    I actually like the rusty toned fabric piece. Looking at the picture at a distance with the fabric samples I like how it looks.

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  5. I love brown-fall tones to everything, so I'll go for the brown with the pattern, besides, I think it'll make a contrast and it's so pretty too. But, you have the last word and if you're not totally sold on either, just go and get more swatches, lol..I love this kind of redoing. Enjoy your weekend.
    FABBY

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  6. hi Marty. I actually like the yellow shade the best, but I also vote for the possibility of changing the pillows for a fresh start! Have fun! -diane

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  7. cheaper electricity sydney

    I can relate to your sentiment. Choosing fabrics is totally hard. You have to know the texture of the fabric and if it compliments the furniture and the house itself.

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  8. What about that second fabric in your first group of pillows, Marty? It looks like a nice pattern and since you already have it in the room, it would be easy to tie in. If that one is too expensive, maybe something similar in style and color. I think this is the hardest part ~ picking fabric to go with a room and what is going on already.

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  9. The first one!! That rich brown would just pop in your room.

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  10. I like the yellow shade best out of what you have. I love the idea of a thin stripe with maybe three different tones in it - brown, lighter brown, cream or yellow. Your room is beautiful, but it's time for a pop of color to give it a boost. I would not do any solid of white on the recliner. Can't wait to see it!

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  11. Hi, Marty,
    I have had similar problems finding the right fabric for a footstool that I want to recover. I have been very frustrated like you because I know the fabric must be sturdy to stand up to being a footrest. I hope you can find the right fabric soon! Have a blessed weekend!Vicki

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  12. Marty, I have been following your blog for a while, and even went back and reviewed your home tour blog. Your living room, dining, family and kitchen are all warm tones. I looked at the crewel type fabric (pillow) and saw a beautiful shade of moss green that might give your room a little punch. It would carry the color from your centerpiece floral arrangement into the room and balance all the warm tones. Green can be a neutral, depending on the fabric or it can be a complementary color. Just a thought. I love following your blog.

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  13. Marty, I have been following your blog for a while, and even went back and reviewed your home tour blog. Your living room, dining, family and kitchen are all warm tones. I looked at the crewel type fabric (pillow) and saw a beautiful shade of moss green that might give your room a little punch. It would carry the color from your centerpiece floral arrangement into the room and balance all the warm tones. Green can be a neutral, depending on the fabric or it can be a complementary color. Just a thought. I love following your blog.

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  14. Hi Marty. I love the look of grey. Like in men's suiting. It's the new in.
    It's still a neutral colour. Think of all the possibilities.

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  15. I will just wait and see what you come up with!! I know, chicken!!

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  16. I like that rusty one that is sort of bumpy. I'm really bad about picking out furniture fabric though. I'm fine with a footstool, but I freeze up when it's a major piece in the room. The last time I bought new living room furniture, it took me almost a year to pick out a new sofa.

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  17. I think a latte colored upholstery weight velvet or chenille would be pretty. Good luck.

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  18. Marty..all of the fabric's are nice. I have never been good at making choices..so no help here. I'm a Libra...and we are fences riders to the max. Can't wait to see the result though.
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  19. Hi Marty,
    You have a lovely home. I agree with Cynthia. A fabric with moss green would be lovely with the earth tones and creams.
    Margie in CA

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  20. I think picking upholstery fabric is a daunting task, Marty! Here's my two cents....I like the texture of the fabric that you said was too yellow. Also, I thought the idea of a stripe or the idea of bringing in green were both worthy of consideration. We just had 2 chairs recovered in a light neutral coor, but we are keeping our blue sofa - just not worn out at all. I did cover the ottoman in an animal print and that adds some pizazz in a room. Linda

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  21. I agree with Cynthia, to a degree. I think you need an accent color rather than more of the same. I love the pillows on your sofa, and the two prints have something in common, that being the deep rust, the green, and what appears almost a creamy yellow. The yellow in the fabrics you showed would accent the blue of your dining room and pull in the creamy color from the pillows too. Whatever you decide, I'd like to see it be a bright spot in the room, which you could then carry through with a few well-chosen accessories. Good luck.

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  22. I am guessing you tried Home Fabrics, SAS and Fabric Depot. Did you also try Boca Bargoons and Interior Fabrics in Scottsdale?

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  23. In my personal opinion, the brown leather match is artistic and aesthetic in its look that can add value to any living room irrespective of its size though it may be a better fit for bigger rooms due to its large size. http://www.bestrecliner.net/

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