self flagellation ?
The point of the thread was asking if the front 2 panels in that fabric was distracting .. and I think I have my confirmation from you guys .. it is.
When I say changing the fabric isn't an option, I mean just that. It's either that fabric, or no panel at all, and I just wrap the sides in black velvet like I was originally planning. What you can't see if I have about 8 more of those panels down the side walls ... and I'm not changing all of them to match the front two :-).