Don't Re-cover, Slipcover!
For a few years now slipcovers for furniture have found a place in the
design world. As they've become more common and less expensive, the current
trend in decorating is to replace slipcovers seasonally. This current trend
is a classic case of something old becoming new again. Redecorating with
the seasons was popular for our grandparents and great grandparents. In
fact, it was popular because it was necessary. With the arrival of summer
many a homemaker would pull up the wool rugs, pull down the heavy drapes and
pull out the slipcovers. Since air conditioning was not an option, heavy
d�cor items were often replaced with more breathable fabrics, and slipcovers
were used to keep sweaty bodies and rampant dust from open windows from
staining the furniture.
Today, slipcovers are another option toward making your home look the way
you want without spending a lot of money to buy new furniture or reupholster
what you have. When considering slipcovers you have two main options-you
can have your covers custom made or purchase pre-fabricated ones. Obviously
the custom made covers will fit better, and will generally cost more than
most pre-fabricated covers. And, depending on the company you select to do
the work, you may need to send your furniture to their workroom. Some
companies will come into your home and measure your furniture for you,
however. Pre-fabricated covers can be found at home decorating stores and
most department stores.
You will find slipcovers for almost any type of furniture you own - loveseats,
couches, dining room chairs, wingbacks, ottomans, and even recliners. In
addition to the variety of furniture you can cover, you'll find an array of
fabrics. Chenille, denim, and faux leather are among some of the more
popular materials right now. While not the most practical selection, velvet
is also quite popular to keep those fall and winter drafts at bay.
In your shopping for the fall and winter d�cor you are likely to see
patterns like scrollwork or muted leaves. The trend in colors for the
season includes earth tones and neutrals. The earth tones contain colors
like cranberry, sage, caramel, and eggplant, while the neutrals include
linen, stone and wheat.
If adding slipcovers isn't quite enough of a change for you, consider
shopping for accessories and trims. You can add cording or buttons to any
cover for an extra touch of color or texture. Fringe or rope can bring a
little extra life to a normal pillow.
Sources used in this article include www.doityourself.com and Ruth J. Katz of New York Magazine.
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