I spent last Tuesday morning sipping a Peppermint Mocha at the local Barnes and Noble browsing design magazines. Perfect day off in my opinion – the sun was shining and I had an opportunity to salivate over interiors I cannot afford.
While flipping through the pages I found I was most attracted to interiors with boisterous chairs. The combination of a neutral or basic solid fabric for the sofa body with stylish prints, stripes, and silks for the pillows works beautifully. Add a pair of coordinating accent chairs and you have that “put-together” look. I may not be daring enough to upholster an entire sofa in a loud print (for fear I may hate it in a year or two), but I am all about upholstering accent chairs with something wild.
This grouping, by C.R. Laine, is based around a neutral gray sectional with punches of yellow (who knew yellow and gray look so fantastic together?) The space is fairly basic until you throw an accent chair in the mix.
I love this chair, and I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big fan of yellow (most likely because I look awful in it). The strong geometric pattern on the back paired with the natural print…wow. See Jaime’s blog for more spring-time fabrics.
A solid fabric on this Huntingon House sofa teamed up with a colorful print to create a vibrant space. Try to imagine the room without these dynamic chairs. It’d lose some of its allure.
This C.R. Laine collection started with a chocolate base and added touches of honeysuckle and yellow.
While the fabric for this chair certainly adds color to the space, the height also creates a visual appeal.
Lucky for those of us on a limited budget you can get these designer looks at a fraction of the cost from some of our local vendors, like C.R. Laine and Huntington House. Contact me for more information. I’d love to help make your design dreams a reality.
Kate L. Zylstra