Along with the major design decisions like flooring and wall finishes, furniture is what sets the tone and style for a room. Furniture style is how we define ourselves as traditional, modern, country or contemporary. How we finish our furniture can be just as important in creating the look of a room as the style of the furniture. Upholstery plays a huge role in decorating a living room.
This contemporary space is a great example of how upholstery can be used to create a polished and pulled together looking space. The furniture in this room is all contemporary in style but is not a suite of furniture that completely matches in form. The sectional’s clean lines are echoed in the simple square upholstered ottoman that serves as the coffee table. The curved side chairs are more fluid and sculptural than either the ottoman or the sofa. What unites the pieces together is the matching upholstery fabric.
While this living room uses the same upholstery throughout the soft furnishings, that doesn’t have to be the rule for all upholstered pieces in a room. In fact, having an accent chair in upholstery fabric that contrasts or compliments the sofa upholstery can make the chair more of a focal point. Choosing an accent fabric that contains the sofa color is a way to tie the two different fabrics together. Accents like area rugs and pillows can also play off the colors of the upholstery to bring the entire décor together into one cohesive and polished look.