Well-disposed springs and padding add much to the comfort of a lounge or chair, and a textile covering may contribute most attractive notes to the color scheme of a room. Upholstered chairs with a well-built frame that is frankly evident, are the best choice. Fat-looking, dimpled, padded, buttoned, and fringed upholstery should be avoided. Too often it covers weak construction. Upholstery furnishes a good opportunity to amalgamate the various colors in a room, such as the contrasting colors of walls and hangings, or to emphasize one of these, or to introduce new colors that will enliven an otherwise monotonous room, or to distribute the color interests when there is too much color massed on one side of a room, as sometimes results from a series of door and window draperies.
For ordinary home use, plain, striped, or figured fabrics are more appropriate than leather, which finds its best use in offices and men's lounging rooms.
A slenderly built chair should not be upholstered in a large figured, strong-colored fabric. A chair or any other furniture may be excellent in design with no decoration. Any decoration should be an integral part of the whole design, an outgrowth of the construction, a refinement of the proportions, or an emphasis of an essential element by a bit of enrichment.
Fig. 28. - Three good forms of couches. Top, a willow davenport, comfortable, reasonable in price, and easily moved. Center, a type of upholstered davenport exceedingly comfortable but likely to be costly. Bottom, an inexpensive box-couch arrangement that may be made both comfortable and attractive by the use of good springs, upholstery, and cushions.