Using slipcovers is a really versatile option when it comes to altering the appearance of a room. Not only can slipcovers transform tired looking furniture in minutes, they are inexpensive to buy, so you can afford to play around with changing your décor whenever the mood takes you. If you like the idea of using fabric in your interior decorating, here are some ideas that may inspire you to experiment with slipcovers.
Alter the style of your furniture simply by fitting a slipcover. For instance, use a slipcover with a straight or pleated skirt to hide wooden sofa legs, or use form-fitted stretch slipcovers for a smooth, tailored look. Rejuvenate an old-fashioned wooden-armed sofa or chair by wrapping foam padding around the arms before covering with a slipcover – it’ll look like a totally different seat, but will have cost you next to nothing.
Instantly improve the look and feel of your room by using slipcovers to coordinate mismatched furniture. If the floral print on that old secondhand sofa clashes with the checks on your favorite arm chair, then using matching sofa and chair covers is a cheap and effective way to give them a stylish new image. Don’t forget your ottoman – ottoman covers are really inexpensive and are a nice finishing touch to help bring your makeover together.
Have fun with color. Changing your slipcovers according to the season or the occasion is a simple but effective way to introduce different colors into your home décor, without the expense or work involved in reupholstery. For instance, if you’re renting an apartment that’s furnished in neutral colors, you can add your personal touch by fitting slipcovers in your own choice of colors and patterns. Similarly, you can tone down the effects of patterned wallpaper or carpets by using slipcovers in solid colors. You might want to use light or pastel shades during the hot summer months, while darker warm and rich colors are great for creating an inviting scene in autumn and winter.
Experiment with texture. Slipcovers can be made from all kinds of fabrics, from denim and twill to damask and chenille. You can have a lot of fun and come up with some great results by mixing and matching different textures. For example, you might want to add softness to a faux leather slipcover by accessorizing it with velvet cushions. You could try adding unique touches and details to your slipcovers by attaching tassels or sashes, trims or buttons.
Remember you’re not just limited to the living room when using slipcovers. Ready made dining chair covers are excellent for sprucing up your everyday dining chairs for a special occasion such as a dinner party or the holidays. And they are easy to wash. So, not only do they look elegant, they can help protect your upholstery from food and drink spills. Dining chair slipcovers can even be used on chairs with wooden backs – you can easily add padding by draping an old blanket over the backs before fitting your slipcovers.
As you can see, slipcovers offer endless decorating possibilities and are a cost-effective makeover solution. They give you the freedom to change the look of your sofas and chairs quickly and easily. So, if your furniture is stuck in a style rut, slipcovers could be just what it needs!
Simon Phillips is an interior design enthusiast and a regular contributor to www.getslipcovers.com – An online resource offering a great choice of ready made slipcovers for all types of furniture, as well as handy tips for decorating with slipcovers.