12 Fabric Patterns for Furniture Upholstery

By Bailiegh Basham · March 27, 2015

12 Fabric Patterns for Furniture Upholstery

Fabric Upholstery Guide for Amish Handcrafted Furniture

The right upholstery can easily transform the look and feel of your dining room, living room, or office furniture. Upholstered headboards can become the centerpiece of your bedroom, and throw pillows can make a statement in nearly any living space. There are many different textures, colors, and patterns to choose from, so be sure to consider what makes sense for your family, as well as what complements your room’s décor.

Your fabric selection is mostly determined by your style and personal preference. Neutral tones and floral prints work well in more traditional spaces, while you might have more freedom to play with fun colors and trendy prints in a casual setting. Bold patterns and bright colors give off a contemporary vibe.

As you pick out your upholstery, keep in mind what type of furniture pieces you already have and also what furniture will be soon be added. It is great to have interesting and unique furniture, but using a wide variety of patterns, colors, and prints can overwhelm and consume a space. When mixing and matching patterns in the same room, use different scales of patterns so they do not blend and fight for attention.

To get you started, we have gathered 12 common home décor patterns:

Polka Dot:
A a polka dot pattern is made up of equally sized and spaced filled circles repeated either regularly or sporadic.

Paisley is a cluster of curved tear-drop, or feather-like, like shaped patterns and tend to have ornate designs.

Chevron is typically a two colored contrasting inverted V-shaped or zigzag pattern.

Ikat pattern can vary widely, but its signature design often has a tie-dyed woven appearance, showcasing bright colors.

Plaid is comprised of a checkered pattern in a cross-barred style in two or more colors.

Stripes are parallel lines usually distinguished on a contrasting background color or texture.

All patterns that depict graphic shapes (rather that abstract or natural) can broadly be called geometric.

Damask pattern typically has a very decorative and ornate look in a woven, repeating pattern.

This abstract look represents a two-toned pattern of pointed, broken checks resembling a dog’s tooth.

An ogee is a bit like a diamond that has been pinched in at the ends and rounded at the middle.

A lattice pattern is interlaced and arranged to form a woven, diagonal pattern.

Floral patterns can be comprised of any print decorated with flowers, actual or abstract.


Before deciding a fabric for furniture upholstery, envision how you want the piece to look and ensure it will fit in with other pieces already in the room. When upholstering Amish furniture, make sure you find something you truly love and can live with for years to come, long after all trends have passed.

Whatever your preference, we hope you can choose furniture that creates a satisfying design and provides a warm, comfortable place for your family and friends.


Author, Baileigh Basham

Bailiegh Basham is Lead Sales & Marketing Strategist at Countryside Amish Furniture. She's been a team member since 2014. Bailiegh is deeply passionate about furniture design and home decor.