fabric colors and patterns I chose are very subtle with two neutral, sheer
linen fabrics in the living and dining rooms; a cheery, Charlotte Moss cream
and light green apple motif printed cotton in the kitchen; a taupe and cream “Ikat”
inspired cotton in the den; a taupe and cream, subtle paisley print in the
guest room; a pale cognac stripe in the master bath; and a pale cognac and
cream print in the master bedroom that has a barely detectable, swirl pattern.
All the fabrics coordinate well with one another and the new carpets, floors,
paint and counters. They are light and “almost” neutral in color for resale
value but have enough panache for full enjoyment at present.
pieces take well to fabric updates too. Most designers sell new sofas, chairs,
ottomans, settees, etc. as well as provide re-upholstery for existing sofas and
chairs. A typical sofa through a designer runs $4,000 to $5,500, a worthwhile
investment for a piece you’ll be able recover in later years. And the cost of
recovering an existing sofa through a designer is generally around $2,000 to
$3,000 so in twenty years, if you’ve chosen a well-constructed sofa, you’ll be
able to recover it at considerable savings. Years ago, I did a whole house for
clients who had come into my store and the first thing the client said to me was
“I’m thinking of buying a new, Pottery Barn sofa.” After a little questioning it
turns out she already had a very good quality, Hickory White sofa. I was able
to convince her to save the existing sofa and let me recover it. We saved her
money plus she retained a quality sofa with better cushions, frame and fabric.
exposure is something I always consider when choosing fabrics for the products
we provide. In one recent living room project, the sun beat through very large
windows through much of the day and the old armchairs were quite faded. Since
the clients didn’t want their views obstructed by curtains, a good quality,
warm white upholstery fabric was chosen to recover them.
Fading won’t be a huge
issue because the new fabric is off white. Because the fabric is very good
quality (as I recall it was around $80 a yard), the chairs won’t need to be
recovered again for twelve years or so. Of course, you can get much more use
out of fabrics that don’t have that much sun exposure.
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textured or slightly patterned fabric for sofas in medium to medium-light color
ranges. Textures and patterns obscure stains while medium range colors obscure