I showed him the fabric I liked and asked what he thought, he didn't really have much of an answer until I gave him my interpretation of the different fabrics. "This fabric here would say we're young and fun, but this one would be if we wanted a more sophisticated vibe", etc. Brian picked the young and fun. :o)
I bought a yard to try it out and see how it looked on the chairs. Here is a picture of our newly painted and seat-covered dining chair:
Here you can see the fabric a bit closer-up. It has shades of blue, yellow, green to match the walls, and a bit of light-brown that ties in our painted rug.
Although the fabric has a lot to the pattern, the muted colors make it not too harsh .......... and nothing can match the green of our walls for intensity :o)
Here's the initial canvas fabric I tried next to the new fabric. The old fabric is nice, but the new pattern is more fun and cheerful.
I also think the new fabric goes a bit better with the shelf-paper stripes of the corner cabinet in the upper right of the picture, they play off each other well.
I know the new fabric might not be everyone's cup of tea but it makes us happy. Now I'm hoping to find a nice dining table. I was thinking something like this, either left in it's natural state or painted white and distressed:
from Decor Pad
Ah, those chairs would have been the "sophisticated choice" if we kept the the initial canvas fabric. Oh well, I think the fabric we chose ties in with the style of our house :o)