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Talk about back-handed compliments. Upholstering chair backs in a contrasting fabric doubles the impact and is an easy way to stage a design surprise. It also solves the dilemma of having to choose between two favourite upholstery fabrics. Here's to having your cake and eating it, too.

Business in the front, pretty in the back.

An Asian-inspired print on the back of designer Laura Day's turquoise settee is like the portal to another world.

A marriage of serious stripes with a curvaceous boho pattern, for a layered effect.

A contrasting back tempers the bold hue on the cushions.

And there's no need to go hog wild with sharply different colours or patterns; the texture of burlap lends a subtle bump to canvas.

A splashy floral print is the equivalent of a permanent bouquet in this home office.

Read more about reupholstering chairs in this blog post.

Photo credits:
1. Divine Distractions blog
2. Candidly Red blog
3. Fabulously French blog
4. Shell & Seaglass blog
5. J. Covington Home
6. Lily & Rose Design Studio


Wendy Jacob

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