Combining and Matching Fabrics: The Rule of Three

Usually when it’s time to update furniture with new upholstery, it’s common to go with updating just one piece of furniture. But what if multiple pieces need updating? It may be tempting to get the same fabric for all the pieces, but then you run the risk of the furniture looking too uniform to the point of being a little on the dull side. You may want to mix and match fabrics. But how do you go about doing that?

There are a number of ways to mix and match fabric to get a look like the one above. One of the possible methods is to use what Sew Delicious blogger Ros calls “The Rule of Three.” It’s a fairly easy concept that comes from the world of sewing. You choose one multicolored pattern, one solid color that matches the first pattern theme and a third pattern that ties into the first two. In this case it was a red floral fabric, a solid red fabric and a tan/red cross fabric.

You can easily apply this rule to upholstery selections. Below are three swatches out of our new sale fabrics that illustrate the concept:

Pattern Fabric:

062e606584e97b9d4758538a21b2443e

Supporting Solid Fabric:

28e3ddd0f87ce984d9b5209a281a9962

Third Fabric Matching First Two:

07d92c6b468f5a5c4f695c3504ef4af9

Notice how the second selection matches the deep blue accents in the first, and the third matches the white and blue tones in the first two selections. In this case, the solid deep blue pattern may make a great sofa selection, with a chair on each side sporting one of the other two patterns. With this technique you will be able to create a fun, coordinated room with a furniture that makes a statement every time!

Did you like this article?

Receive similar inspirational articles, fabric updates, and sale promotions!

Enter your email address below.

100% Privacy. We don't spam. Your email is safe.

Start the conversation

 
Shares