Whether on not you are updating your home or need to start from scratch, there are a few important details to consider before you make your purchase. Spend some time thinking about your lifestyle and how you will live with your furniture. Think about the color palette for your home. Know that a little bit of upkeep will go a long way in keeping furniture in good shape for years to come.
How you will use your new upholstered pieces? Will you be placing a sofa in a formal living room, or a sectional in a family room that sees a lot of wear and tear? Are you adding a comfy chair to a master bedroom? All of this should be considered when choosing upholstery fabrics. Luxurious fabrics may be considered for use in a master bedroom, since you will be the only one enjoying the piece. In a family room, you might want to consider a performance fabric that resists stains and is easy to clean. Patina carries Wesley Hall upholstered furniture. This furniture house is family owned and operated and based in Hickory, North Carolina. They are known in the industry as having superior craftsmanship and detail. Wesley Hall will Scotchguard fabric from their collection or you might consider using a performance fabric from the Wesley Hall line including Crypton or Sunbrella.
The best houses have a sense of flow. We have all needed a few extra chairs to be tucked in the family, living or dining room for entertaining. Those pieces should be interchangeable from room to room. For example, a home with a yellow and green kitchen, a beige and blue dining room, and a red and green family room will be very choppy. Be assured that the canary yellow chair will look terrible in the dining room when the in-laws come to visit. So, think carefully how pieces will integrate with what you already own.
It is a good idea to keep swatches of fabrics and paint colors for every room in your home. Carry those swatches and chips when making upholstery decisions. Binders are a great way to organize your design concepts. Photos of the rooms, scale drawings, and tear sheets of furniture choices, can be very helpful tools when making design decisions.
To ensure that your piece will fit in the room, and you cannot draw the space to scale, mark the floor with painter’s tape. This will help define where a piece will go. This is another way of working out placement without having to move heavy furniture multiple times.
Don’t discount neutrals in your home. Choosing a good neutral fabric opens the door for many options. Consider using solids with interesting textures. Pillows are an easy and inexpensive resource for creating a new look, or adding a daring pop of color. Patina has an entire room devoted to Wesley Hall designer fabrics. Down-filled pillows may be custom designed with trims or fringe from Wesley Hall, or provided by the customer, and are available in a range of shapes, and sizes.
Lastly, stay on top of maintenance. Designers encourage customers to purchase the best upholstery within the budget. These pieces will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Remember to fluff and flip cushions and vacuum weekly.