Right Down the Middle: Racing Stripe Upholstery

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

I am feeling super drawn to racing stripe upholstery as of late.  (one prominent stripe down the middle)  I am dying to use this in a client’s home, or heck, my home!

etsy

etsy

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source unknown

houzz

houzz

covetliving.com

covetliving.com

serena & lily

serena & lily

Of course, you don’t have to stick to one stripe.  You can always have some fun with it!

Two stripes…

one kings lane

one kings lane

Off center…(gasp, I love these!)

elements of style

elements of style

Take it wide…

jcrew

jcrew

hickory chair

hickory chair

Or make it narrow…

houzz

houzz

Alter fabric textures (linen and velvet)…

duralee

duralee

Make it colorful…

things that inspire

things that inspire

Or my personal fave, add a little pattern (I am crazy for this batik inspired settee!)…

AStoriedStyle.com

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Assuredly, you can add your racing stripe to anything that needs pizzazz!  Do you have an old wood bed frame that needs a revamp?

Hello, stripe it!

blissfulblog.com

blissfulblog.com

And when you get tired of the color, you can easily change it!

Do you need a little racing stripe somewhere in your home?

Written by Grace

11 Responses to “Right Down the Middle: Racing Stripe Upholstery”

  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door June 5, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Totally agree. I love it!

    • Grace June 5, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Elizabeth, me too! Must have it in my life somewhere. 😉 xoxo, G

  2. Erin June 5, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Ooh, so full of ideas now!

  3. Anonymous June 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Could you do this on a Chesterfield or would it be too busy?

    • Grace June 6, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Anon, I have wondered that…I have never seen it done. I think maybe the tufts would pull the center stripe so it is not straight? But I suppose a good upholsterer could make it work…maybe? I’m going to ask my guy, I’ll get back to you!

  4. Kent (husband) June 6, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I like this look for the settees too, like the hickory chair pic.

    • Grace June 6, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Husband, I pondered this too. I think the wide stripe in the center would look awesome on those!

  5. Alex June 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    This post is so timely! I’ve been looking for fabric to reupholster my dining room chairs and I have pinned or cut out several pictures of wide single stripes. Just love it! Question….do I have to have it made, or are there several designers/companies you recommend who carry a wide stripe fabric? I’ve seen Serena and Lily’s, but wasn’t sure if most of these were pictured here were pieced together? I’m sure the really wide striped sofas were, and I know the Things that Inspire pic was two fabrics. Just want to see if I can cut down on my research time! would love any advice you have on where to look! Thanks

    • Grace June 11, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      Alex, having the fabric made would be costly because of the time. I think your best bet would be to find a wide stripe that you love (whether it is horizontal or vertical doesn’t matter, you can turn it), and go for it! I don’t know of a wide stripe offhand, but let me look around for ya! xoxo, G

  6. Rebecca August 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Grace, I’ve been hunting for 2 days for fabric like this and can’t find so if you have any leads, would love to hear about them. I love the linen chair with the navy stripe (coveting.com). Thanks!

    • Grace August 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Hi Rebecca, I don’t know that you can really find fabric like this as much as you just need to find two fabrics you love and have the upholsterer piece it together with the preferred contrast stripe in the middle. That is actually what I am planning for my own project like this. Hope that helps, let me know if you need anything else! G