Look to the era of creation for inspiration, but don’t be too faithful. Victorian chairs don’t have to be upholstered in pretty pink flowers. In fact, the piece will likely look better in an abstracted, oversized floral that only references a typical Victorian look.
It can be tempting to put an Eames fabric on a Mid-Century lounger, but instead consider a pattern with a graphic, Mid-Mod feel in an updated colorway (think canary yellow or warm gray instead of mustard or teal).
Try a graphic black and white Greek Key
on a traditional chair instead of a predictable gold and white stripe. Using subtle references to history will ensure your frame won’t feel stuck in another era.