As a Winnipeg interior decorator, I often have clients who have a treasured piece of upholstered furniture that has been in their possession, or in their family for a long duration. The issue of should they re-cover or purchase new always becomes a central issue. The cost of re-upholstery can sometimes be similar to the price of a new piece of furniture.
If the quality of the furniture piece is good and it is something that my client really loves and enjoys then I suggest having it recovered. Often we match up modern day pieces that are similar in style to the existing piece so that my client has a fresh new look. Pictured in this photograph is my motherâs sofa from the 60s in my designer room at Home Expressions 2012. As you will notice the lines of the sofa are clean, and the piece has a classic look. At the show, I paired the sofa with a simple armless chair in a luxurious purple fabric. The drapery consists of a black sheer over purple taffeta. The wall paper is from Crown, and can be found at Western Paints. The toss pillows on the sofa work to pull together all the colors of the room. The rug is a light grey shag carpet. The floor is a very durable laminent from Floor Country Canada. Modern contemporary lighting from Robinson Lighting gives this room that modern edge. Even though the sofa is 40 some years older than the rest of the items in the room, it coordinates well with the beautiful new furnishings and decor
This photo is of a modern day sofa that is part of my Inclusive Design House furniture line produced locally in Winnipeg. Notice the similarity between the 1960s piece and the modern version. A classic look cannot go wrong, and the reason why when purchasing quality furniture it is always important to choose a classic design and neutral fabric.
I have successfully paired modern furniture and fabrics to classic pieces that have not had recovery. In this situation it does limit the client as far as design if the current fabric is not a classic neutral of grey, taupe, cream, etc. Fabric colors and textures change with trends. If working with a sofa fabric with colors that were popular 20 or more years ago it becomes extremely difficult and limiting to find modern day fabrics for occasional chairs, and toss cushions that will coordinate with the older upholstery. If the client is prepared to work with such restrictions it is fine, but if they are really looking for an entirely new look, but want to keep the piece they should really look to re-cover in a classic neutral for longevity. As I have always stressed, when decorating for the long term key investment furniture pieces need to have clean lines and neutral fabrics. That way trends can be easily and inexpensively introduced.
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