23 Feb 2016

When it comes to reupholstering your furniture, you may know which color to choose to match your home, but have you considered the fabric pattern? There are many different patterns available, and we’ll take a look at some of the most popular, along with the decor styles they best complement. You don’t want to get too trendy with your upholstery job unless you plan on updating it frequently, and these patterns will give your furniture a timeless look that will keep it relevant through the years.

  1. Damask

Damask is an elegant design that gets its name from the city of Damascus. It features patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs, and it is usually monochromatic. It’s based in traditional design, and it works wonderfully in a more formal room. However, if you’re feeling bold, you can choose a damask in vibrant colors to fit into a more modern space, too.

  1. Quatrefoil

Quatrefoil comes from the Gothic and Renaissance periods, and its name means “four leaves.” It derives its name from its resemblance to a four-leaf clover. There are variations to the pattern, and it is best used in moderation. Consider quatrefoil in accent pillows, upholstered headboards, or window treatments. This pattern can add romance to a space, and it looks great in bedrooms.

  1. Houndstooth

Houndstooth comes from humble beginnings as it was first worn by shepherds in the Scottish lowlands. It’s a timeless pattern that offers a lot of personality, even in its simplicity. When used in a bright color, it adds a touch of fun and quirkiness to a room, which would be great for a playroom or casual living area. Houndstooth works great in eclectic design styles with its contrast in colors and unmistakable pattern. Consider it for things like ottomans, barstools, or accent chairs.

  1. Chevron

Chevron is a zig-zag stripe pattern that has been popular for decades. It’s a fun and playful fabric that tends to be a bit trendy. To keep from going overboard, use it for smaller pieces like accent pillows, footstools, or a bench cushion. The colors you choose will determine the style of room it fits in. Chevrons in neutrals are great for more serene and calm areas, and bright chevrons are fun for more lively spaces like kid’s rooms.

  1. Paisley

The paisley pattern represents a teardrop or tadpole shape, and its origin is Indian or Persian. The British East India Company brought this pattern to Great Britain. Paisley never seems to go out of style. Presented in neutral tones; Paisley can give an elegant texture to a sitting room or formal dining room. In brighter shades, it’ll cheer up a child’s room or living room.

Patterns are an excellent way to add texture and personality to a room. For most patterns, it’s best to use them in moderation as accent pieces. Whichever pattern best fits your decor style, you can find ways to liven up your home by using it for your next upholstery project