Fantastic sofas and chairs can really make a room – the form, scale, color and pattern all play heavily into the overall design, but also impact the timelessness and comfort of living with the pieces. Along with using great quality frames and materials, there are several ways to beautifully customize upholstery and we’re here for ALL of them.
1. Up the Bolt vs Railroad
The world of artisanal fabric and custom upholstery has a whole set of vocabulary to go with it – these two terms are worth knowing, particularly if you’re a lover of print and pattern like us! “Up the Bolt” means applying the fabric vertically to the piece, or from bottom to top. “Railroad” means applying the fabric horizontally, or from side to side. It’s all about pattern direction and matching – or in the case of velvet, it is texture and details!
2. Phenomenal Fringe, Trims + Contrasting Welts
We LOVE a good trim on an upholstery piece – a long fringe against velvet, a contrast welt on a gorgeous print – you name it, we are here for it! Our go-to upholstery vendor has superb shapes and an excellent assortment of textiles and trims. An expertly selected trim detail paired with an exquisite artisan print or a lush jewel-toned velvet makes a piece POP! (chef’s kiss)
3. Re-covering Heirloom Pieces + Antiques
Applying fresh fabric (and cushion as needed) to an heirloom chair or an antique sofa is a wonderful way to bring new life to a cherished piece while also making it functional for your current lifestyle and aesthetic. We love re-upholstering amazing pieces found in antique stores or flea markets; we advise looking for great quality frames with special shapes. Adding in artisan fabrics, soft velvets and fantastic trim details to these vintage pieces creates a truly one-of-a-kind seat.
Do you want fantastic patterns and beautiful details in your home? Let’s get started!