You guys always have great insights and advice. So, I am coming to you with my latest decorating dilemma. I have mentioned a few times before, we plan to recover the sectional in the basement family room.
It looks fine in photos, but I promise you up close it is a mess. Besides sitting in the garage for a year while we finished the basement, this was the sectional we brought both our babies home to. I am sure it has seen spit up and other baby accidents, in addition to toddler sticky fingers.
I love the Performance Velvet fabrics from West Elm. I pet their velvet furniture every time I am in the store. A while back I ordered swatches of all my favorite colors. You can order free swatches right here.
I narrowed down the selection to my three top picks for the basement, but now I am stuck. That is where you come in. I would love your opinion.
Here are the three colors I am considering:
1. The first is a teal color (Lagoon). My photographer has this fabric on the settee in her waiting room. It is amazing in person! I pet that settee every time I am over there. This would be the bold, better-love-it-to-pull-it-off fabric choice. But, you know me, I love teal :)
2. The second color is a silver gray (Dove Gray). This was my original plan for the space when I created the family room mood board. Now that we have the silvery-blue carpet in place and I do not plan to add a rug to the space, I fear the two together will be a bit light and washed out.
3. The third color is rich, navy blue (Ink Blue). I had planned to order an ottoman/bench in this fabric, but then I recovered my existing ottoman with a geometric rug. That opens up the ink blue color for the sectional, but I fear it will be too dark. Emily can seriously rock a navy velvet couch, but I am not sure I can.
I love the newly covered rug ottoman. The white and charcoal gray geometric pattern is so fun. I like my Anthro knock-off curtains, but I am not married to them for this space. Depends what I do with the sectional. The yellow chairs are here to stay, although they could use a cleaning.
I looked at the swatches both pinned to the back of the couch (above) and laying on the seat. Light hits fabric differently when it is vertical vs. horizontal, so it is important to consider the fabric at both angles.
My son tried to help me decide. His first pick was teal (claiming it was most like his bedroom color). Then, when I moved the swatches to the seat, he changed it up and chose both teal and gray. So, he’s know help in this matter.
I know, I know…you are shocked I am buying upholstery fabric for an upholstery job, right? I have been known to cover chairs with tablecloths, upholster chairs with velvet curtain panels, and most recently I upholstered an entire banquette with velvet curtain panels. I draw the line at creative upholstery fabric sourcing when it comes to big pieces, like our giant sectional.
It is going to take many yards of fabric to recover this sectional and I want to make sure I do it right. I am opting for a quality upholstery fabric. The good news is, the Performance Velvet from West Elm is only $20/yard. It is the same velvet fabric they offer on all their upholstered furniture.
So, tell me, which color would you choose? Do I go bold with teal, play it safe (and maybe boring) with gray, or do I opt for super rich color depth with navy?
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