Mastering The Art Of Fabric Pairing For Upholstered Dining Chairs And Bar Stools


Pictured: Apollo Wing Dining Chair & Milano Petite Bar

Apollo to seat, inside back and buttons Nubuck Mono 1001 CPL 12.9m Fabric 2 - To outside back and Piping arley house oxidize Silver/Beige 2 8.1m FPL

Milano Petite Bar Fabric 1 - to seat only sunbury Nubuck mono 1001 Fabric 2 - to outside back, inside back & piping arley house oxidize Silver/Beige 2 fpl

When it comes to interior design, fabric pairing is an art that brings depth, uniqueness, and personality to your dining space. Whether you're choosing for dining chairs or bar stools, mastering the art of fabric pairing will elevate the visual appeal of your furniture.

Embrace Contrast

Contrast is your best ally when pairing fabrics. Experiment with different textures, patterns, and colours to create visual intrigue. Consider pairing a plain, neutral fabric on your dining chairs with a bold, patterned fabric on your bar stools. Balancing cool and warm hues or combining luxurious textures with more rustic ones can result in harmonious contrasts.

Balance Scale and Pattern

Consider the scale of patterns when mixing them. Pair larger, bold patterns with smaller, subtler ones to avoid overwhelming the space. Traditional patterns can work well in classic dining rooms, while geometric or abstract patterns can enhance a modern aesthetic. Find a balance that complements your overall design theme.

Mind Your Colour Palette

Anchoring your fabric pairing in a cohesive colour palette is essential. Choose fabrics that share a unifying colour or tone to create a sense of harmony. For example, pairing a vibrant dining chair fabric with a complementing toned-down colour on your bar stools can create a balanced and visually pleasing look.


Pictured: Milano Dining Chair

To inside & outside back Harlequin concept 130674 slate steel 12.5m crib 5 48% Viscose 27% Cotton 25% Polyester fabric 2 - to seat and piping Sunbury Nubuck cavern 1012 5.6 DPL 59070000 spain 41% POLYESTER, 32% NYLON/POLYMID COTTON, 17% Cotton, 10% Nylon

Mix and Match Textures

Texture adds depth and visual interest to your furniture. Experiment with combining different textures, such as pairing a smooth fabric on the inside back of your bar stools with a textured, patterned fabric on the outside back.  This contrast in textures will create a dynamic and inviting atmosphere.

Consider Durability

While aesthetics are important, practicality should not be overlooked. Select fabrics that are durable and can withstand regular use. Consider factors like stain resistance and ease of cleaning, especially for dining chairs and bar stools that are more susceptible to spills and stains.

By embracing contrast, balancing scale and pattern, minding your colour palette, mixing textures, and considering durability, you can master the art of fabric pairing for your upholstered dining chairs and bar stools. Let your creativity guide you as you create a captivating and harmonious dining space.

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Pictured: Apollo Dining Chair & Apollo Wing Dining Chair

Fabric 1 - to seat and inside back & buttons Wemyss Fiora Fox 20 DPL 12m 60053900 100% polyester UK Fabric 2 - to outside back and Harlequin Sial Pewter Bronze 133021