Dining Room Design - Part II – Pattern
When selecting patterned fabrics for dining room chairs, throw the rule book out the window! Here's a few decorating myths I'd like to debunk:
Myth #1: Use small patterns on smaller chairs, large patterns on larger chairs. I disagree: just make sure to have a conversation with your workroom or upholsterer about pattern placement: where do you want certain pattern elements be placed, do you want the pattern centered on the set, on the back etcetera.... The blue-and-white print on these dining chairs takes its cue from the gorgeous plate collection on the wall, and makes quite an impact.
Myth #2: The style of the fabric needs to “match” the style of the chair. Whoever came up with that one clearly intended to take all the fun out of decorating. I will argue the opposite: a little “design tension” - unexpected juxtapositions of style, color and proportion - makes for a much more personalized and creative décor.
Myth #3: All dining chairs need to be upholstered in the same fabric. Why?? There is no such law. Mixing two or more fabrics for the chairs around a single table is an opportunity for an even stronger design statement that will enrich your overall décor considerably.
Myth #4: Plaid only works on rectangles. I couldn't disagree more, and will let do this picture do all the talking.
Myth #5: Colored leopard is tacky. I will admit: it takes serious decorating gusto to pull off this look. In fact, this approach only works if you commit 100% to mixing color and pattern, no half measures. The trick is to be absolutely fearless, the result will be beyond chic.
Myth #6: The whole chair needs to be upholstered in the same fabric. Again, why? Decorating is a three-dimensional art, so you should consider what your chairs look like from all angles. Upholstering the chairs' outside backs in a contrasting fabric allows you to bring in an additional color or pattern – to either complement or juxtapose with the rest of your décor.
Last but not least, I wanted to share these two images, to really get your creative juices going. While I realize this eclectic look may not be for everyone, I do hope that you will look at such decorating decisions with a renewed energy and enthusiasm. This stuff should be fun! And if you still have doubts, don't forget that Calico design consultations – in-store or in the privacy of your own home – and we’ll show you how easy and fun custom decorating can be!