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Archive | January, 2013
When one mentions a slipcovered couch, the general reaction is a sloppy, stretched and faded couch, full of stains and wrinkles. In fact, they can be quite the opposite if you choose the right fabric and style, and they are extremely practical when it comes to children and pets. Slipcovers have been around for ages. Initially fine fabrics like silk and damask were used to upholster couches and chairs, and as you can imagine, faded and wore fast when used on a daily basis. Hence, the invention of the slipcover came about to preserve the chairs, and when guests arrived, they could be easily removed. Now-a-days, the use of slipcovers have somewhat changed dramatically. Here are some suggestions and helpful hints that will hopefully steer you in the right direction and help clarify any questions.
Some things to consider:
-what is your style preference eg: tailored, country, traditional, eclectic, contemporary -will this style relate to the rest of your room decor -what fabric do you want, patterned or plain -consider embellishments: cord, ties or buttons, pleats, skirts
Choosing the right fabric for slipcovers:
-it must be upholstery grade fabric -machine washable -preferably a closely woven fabric so that the threads don't pull out easily when being washed over and over -100% Cotton or 100% Linen are generally the best fabrics to use. However, can shrink and crease or wrinkle
-pre-shrink fabric prior to making up slipcovers
What style is not suitable for slipcovers:
-anything that reclines -couches or chairs with big puffy attached cushions -and/or heavily rounded or curved arms and back -anything that lacks crisply defined edges
Lastly, the general rule is that an upholsterer will upholster a newly made up couch in a lining of sorts and then make up the slipcovers in your fabric of choice. That way, the expense is kept to minimum as lining is reasonable. However, this is completely dependent on whether your prefer a lining underneath or a fabric.
I hope the hints and suggestions above are going to be of help. If you are still unsure or have any questions, pop us a comment and we would be happy to help.
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Rough textures such as wood or wool appear to be warmer and more informal, and absorb light, whereas smooth, fine textures reflect light. These textures more easily suggest formality and a cool environment. Coarse textures tend to diminish colour, so are often most effectively used in conjunction with dark colours. However, pile fabrics such as corduroy and velvet both reflect and absorb light. Therefore combinations of textures can create a colour scheme even if the overall colour scheme is monochromatic.
Hugely important, artificial and natural light contribute a great deal towards focal points and balance. Design should be approached in such a way that natural light should be able to create balance unaided, and when it becomes dark and that light changes, artifical light must then restore that balance. This allows an opportunity to switch between day time and night time focal points. Light can completely change the atmosphere of a room.
Always remember though, that knowing the rules well means you can break them well! And if you’re confused or stuck, there’s always Portfolio.
Personally, I adore this years colours – I feel like there’s a return to more natural hues, and while I may be no expert, I believe they’ll continue to look great in any context long after next forecasts are announced. I especially love Grayed Jade, Poppy Red (especially since I own a pair of those gorgeous Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Love Heart heels!) and Linen.