I am currently obsessed with upholstered chairs that have more than one fabric. Whether the fabrics coordinate of totally contrast each other. I've done a few pieces in the past mostly combining drop cloth and burlap but I wanted to bump it up a little.
OK it's still very neutral but it definitely makes a statement. The inside back and seat fabric is a rich beige colored velvet. I love the sheen and the softness of it. The outside back fabric is a lighter shade with a linen texture and soft black pattern. I like how the different shades and textures of the fabrics contrast each other. I chose to paint the frame white and distress it to make it pop against the fabrics. A linen or beige color would have blended in too much. Black would have been striking as well.
On this piece I had to do a little sewing for the back pieces. Because of how the chair curves the pattern didn't line up straight. I think it matched up pretty well. I used the old fabric as a template to make it easier. I also sewed some double cord welting to hide the staples around the bottom and arms.
I used plygrip/curve ease on the top of the back for a crisp clean look. I explained how to use plygrip in my how to re-upholster the back of a sofa post. Again it looks scary but it's actually pretty easy to use.
I wasn't sure how well the two fabric look would sell. I sneak peaked it on facebook and she sold right away, never even made it to the store. Gotta love it when that happens.
I want to try this look again on some more chairs I have and really do something funky. We shall see. Sell ability keeps trumping funky and think I just need to let loose. Right? So are you a fan of the two fabric look?