Decorating Dilemma: Elizabeth’s Fabric Scheme

Choosing a fabric scheme for a living room

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

I have a Chesterfield sofa that is a basketweave light gray material, and I have an armchair I’m planning to recover. I wanted to know about what fabric I should select for the chairs! Can it be solid too or should I have a subtle design in the chairs since the sofa is a solid?

Thanks for your help,

Elizabeth

Elizabeth's chair

Dear Elizabeth,

In keeping with your lighter, softer color scheme, we have lots of options. Because there are no other colors dictating a color direction for the room, you can select a fabric that speaks to your personality. We have rendered the fabrics on a similar chair frame so that you can see how they might look.

Since your chair doesn’t have a tufted back to distort the fabric pattern, most any pattern will do nicely. The neutral appeal can be  achieved with a tone-on-tone or textured fabric like our Davidson Herringbone or Pallini Sand for a neutral color block.

Try a classic approach with a fabric like Halyard Natural or mix up some neutral fun with an animal print like Nomad.

Don’t be afraid to add a totally new color in the room. Our Halyard Mineral is a rich blue-green that would look wonderful with the gray sofa. Likewise, the Kaley Aqua has a touch of the gray and will add a punch of color into the room.

Whatever you choose, play with layering the lighter and darker tones in fabrics throughout the room to create a rich environment. We chose a few other complementary fabrics to go with each sofa and chair combination!

Best of Lucl,

The Design Team

Choosing a fabric scheme for a living room

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Miriam Leuthold

Miriam Leuthold

Miriam has always been enamored by the beauty of textiles for the home and has been known to collect her favorites. With the many years she spent in the interior design industry, she was able to use textiles throughout her designs. The fun continues as she encourages the design team to creatively show you how to infuse all things beautiful into the Decorating Dilemma solutions.

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