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Case Study: A Modern Armchair and Dining Set Revival

Case Study: A Modern Armchair and Dining Set Revival

Our designers here at Sydney Upholstery have a keen eye for completely changing how your space looks and feels with simple fabric swaps and upgrades.

A perfect example of this change is evident in our recent design – one that modernises home furniture using different colours and textures.

Are you ready to see more of our work? Keep reading as we explain what makes these designs unique, uplifting a tired space.


Reviving a tired armchair

This armchair was tired and wasn’t adding anything to the space – it looked worn, slightly outdated, and didn’t spark a need to nestle into it. The clients wanted a new modern look without getting rid of their armchair and buying into the fast homewares culture that has seeped into the world of home decor.

The armchair’s structure and shape are comfortable and unique, but the cowhide fabric was stained, worn, and needed a refresh.


comfortable look to renew and refreshed armchair

We prioritised a clean, minimal, and comfortable look to renew and refresh this armchair. When we stripped the old fabric from the chair, we noticed that the chair’s foam padding was mouldy. So, we applied enduro medium-density foam and a supersoft wrap, making the chair softer and removing any mould caused by dampness over time.

To create an entirely new look and feel to this armchair, we reupholstered it with Warwick Linda Fabio Ivory fabric. The fabric’s pure white colour elevates the space and adds earthy, modern, and minimalist appeal.

And the sherpa-like texture of the bouclé fabric is perfect for making the armchair more snug, comfortable and suitable for long hours of reading or watching.


Adding tonal style to a dining set

outdated dining chairs in this living space

The dining chairs in this living space were outdated. Modern trends favour neutral colours and woody tones, avoiding the stark and vibrant hues of the 90s and 00s. The armchairs were upholstered in an embellished red fabric, and they had worn down over time.

To modernise the look of this dining room, we decided to switch out the vibrant red fabric for a more neutral cream fabric –  Mokum Sahel 10522 Seasalt 811.

Adding tonal style to a dining set

The padding on the dining chairs had grown weary with overuse, so we replaced the foam and elastic webbing for a firmer feel. Firmer chairs are less likely to become creased, indented, and worn over time.

Once we finished the project, the whole dining room area had a new and refreshed feel. The minimalist and clean look of the new chairs made other details in the room stand out more, like the paintings and window trim.

All the fabric we use has a 15-year warranty, so this family can enjoy their dining chairs and new armchair for many years.


Popular Fabric Selections For Modern Interior Design

If you’re looking for a cleaner and more modern look in your home, it is helpful to know about the most popular and trending fabric selections for modern interior design. This project utilised two of our current favourites:

  • Bouclé fabrics – This fabric has a similar look to sherpa, only it is made using loops of fabric to create a rustic, textured, and soft look. It’s more robust than sherpa, and it can have a firmer or smoother feel depending on the density of the loops.
  • Neutrals – In today’s age, minimalism is the cornerstone of interior design. If you furnish your home in neutral colours, you can ensure your fabric doesn’t distract from other statement pieces in the room. Instead, you can use neutrals to compliment the key features of your home and create a colour palette for your rooms.



If you’re looking to create a modern, soft, and minimal design for your home with renewed upholstery, you can put your faith in our team of designers here at Sydney Upholstery. We love refreshing spaces without throwing away perfectly suitable furniture. Contact us today to speak to our design experts.

A Study on Colour and Pattern: House & Garden Case Study

A Study on Colour and Pattern: House & Garden Case Study

We are proud of Sydney Upholstery’s latest feature in House & Garden, with an impressive and stunning spread of upholstery seen alongside vibrant wallpapers, textured rugs and nuanced artwork.

Want to learn more about the design innovation and inspiration behind the spread?

Keep reading as we discuss our design considerations, the spread, and how you can make the best upholstery choices for your own interiors.


Seeing Green

The green Lorenzo Castillo fabric featured in the House and Garden spread is earthy, retro, and timeless – we are thrilled with this interior’s stunning and unique feel.

Green velvet sofas have been a trending topic in the design sphere lately. This spread brings together varied textures and patterns to create a vintage aesthetic that nods to the popularity of green sofas in the upholstery world.

The armchair boasts a rich green velvet fabric – Warwick Lovely Moss with white piping. This rich colour creates a soothing and sumptuous atmosphere, while the piping adds sophistication with a hint of retro.

The standout fabric in this piece is the Domestic Textile Lorenzo Castillo Bermudo LCT1005-004 Verde. This fabric creates depth in this design spread, upholstering the mid-century rectangular lounge. The brilliant houndstooth pattern with varied shades of green adds an eclectic yet rustic feel to the selection.

The fabrics in this spread are excellent for those looking to create an earthy, bookish, or vintage feel in their home.


A Lesson in Blue

This spread featuring Warwick Plymouth Abyss is a masterpiece in Hamptons-style design with a cosy and warm feel. While the design creates a clean atmosphere with cooler colours, the softer beige ensures that the design looks warm, welcoming, and comfortable.

The Warwick Plymouth Abyss-covered armchair includes textured No Chintz trimming – an elegant and vaguely nautical fabric. The stripe creates a clean finish, while the trimming adds a level of warmth that adds a homey feel.

For this spread, we wanted to demonstrate that a refined look does not need to come at the expense of utility. We used Domestic Textiles Aldeco Prive Melange Bleu Royal to upholster an ergonomic desk chair. The darker blue creates depth and interest within the room, demonstrating that a desk chair doesn’t have to interrupt the elegant design.

Consider applying this mindset to commercial office space design – so often, office spaces are stiff and unwelcoming. Upholstering office chairs can create a more homely and comfortable atmosphere, and the opportunities are endless! You can give any furniture a new vibe or a new lease of life with upholstery.

We were impressed by how this design emulates the classic and sophisticated style of willow-pattern china; the colder and warmer shades seamlessly intermingle for a welcoming yet stately space.


How To Choose Your Fabrics

Choosing your fabrics is a matter of personal taste; only you will know which materials are to your liking.

However, creating a mood board for the types of colours, patterns, and styles you love best might help. By building this with the design elements you like best, you can curate the pieces that go together in colour and tone, creating a cohesive look. Or, you could take a dynamic and multicoloured approach for a maximalist design!

If you’re not a design aficionado, you might consider enlisting the services of an upholstery expert and discussing your vision for the project, along with your preferences. They will give you the best advice to create the interior design you love with high-quality fabrics that fit with the context of your design.


Sydney Upholstery – We Love Fabrics And Design!

We are thrilled with the spreads featured in House & Garden, representing our genuine love for upholstery and unique interior design. Reupholstering your furniture can give you a truly unique piece – no more carbon-copy furniture!

If you’re interested in revamping your furniture with chic upholstery, why not reach out to our fabulous interior designers and upholstery experts at Sydney Upholstery?

4 Common Auto Upholstery Fabrics and Their Considerations

4 Common Auto Upholstery Fabrics and Their Considerations

4 Common Auto Upholstery Fabrics and Their Considerations

When purchasing a new car, you must ensure you have the interior you desire that meets your comfort and aesthetic needs. Or, if you own an older vehicle, you may need to re-upholster your car due to wear and tear or staining.

That’s where auto upholstery comes in. But what are your options? And, what do you need to keep in mind when purchasing upholstery for your car’s interior? Keep reading to learn more.


What Are The Different Fabrics Used for Auto Upholstery?

Here are the different types of auto upholstery, along with the best uses for each material.



Nylon is a highly versatile auto upholstery fabric available in various colours and patterns. Nylon is very durable due to the tight weaving of the fabric, and since you can wipe it clean and liquids do not permeate the material quickly, it is stain-resistant. The material does not stretch out like other fabrics. However, one downside of nylon auto upholstery is the high temperatures the material can reach on hot days – which can be particularly uncomfortable for bare legs!



Polyester is a popular choice for auto upholstery because it is affordable and comfortable. The material is stain-resistant and comes in a wide range of colour options. The material is one of the few upholstery materials that does not get too hot or cold, so you don’t need to worry about waiting for the material to reach a standard temperature before taking your seat.



Vinyl is a highly durable auto upholstery material. It is frequently used in marine upholstery as it is water resistant, which means it will not hold onto water and cause mould to grow in your vehicle. You can easily wipe down any spills with vinyl upholstery, and the material is available in many colours.


Faux Leather

Faux leather is an animal-friendly car upholstery fabric and can elevate the look of your car’s interior, giving a classy, elegant, and expensive feel. Any kind of leather is popular for car upholstery as it does not stain easily, and you can wipe it with cloths and spray when you need to clean your car. One of the negatives of leather seating is that it can get very hot and very cold in extreme weather conditions – making it uncomfortable to get into your car in the less temperate months. Leather tends to be less durable than other fabrics, as the material can easily scratch or wear down over time.


What Do You Need To Consider Before Choosing Auto Upholstery?

When choosing auto upholstery for your vehicle, it’s important to consider three main things:

  • The design – you need to choose a fabric that matches the rest of your car’s interior and is cohesive with the general feel of the vehicle. If you choose black in a cream-coloured interior, it may clash. If you’re unsure what would look best, consult an upholstery expert for advice.
  • The price – you need to establish your budget for your car’s upholstery, as some materials, like leather, are more expensive. So, work out what your budget will be before choosing auto upholstery.
  • Durability – if you replace your car’s upholstery, you want your investment to last. You need to consider which are the most durable materials. If you have dogs or children regularly travelling with you, you should consider opting for materials that do not scratch or stain easily.



Auto upholstery can change the look and feel of your car, and replacing worn-out upholstery can give you that brand-new car feeling. If you’re reupholstering your vehicle, it’s essential to know the different material options. To find a fantastic upholstery fabric, why not check out what’s on offer with Sydney Upholstery?