Once relegated to a staid existence as accompaniment to a matching chair, ottomans have over the last several years broken free and become an integral decorating piece in their own right.
They have gotten a life of their own and are insisting to be used in all sorts of creative, unique, and interesting ways. Interior designers and decorators throughout the land are hearing the call and bringing new life to the homes of their clients with ingenious uses for this time-tested piece. Here are sixteen to encourage your own decorative renaissance.
If slipcovers bring to mind imagery of sticky plastic and ill-fitting fabric, be prepared to banish those ideas forever! Chic, attractive slipcovers are experiencing something of a revival among decorators, and there are numerous ways to thoughtfully and tastefully incorporate them into any room.
This guide will both show you several ideas for how to make slipcovers work in your room, as well as some reasons why slipcovers are a great option. You’ll learn how to incorporate patterns and colors, whether to pick custom-made or pre-made, the pros and cons of white, and lots more.
Think of slipcovers like any other piece of furniture, and your palette will be opened up onto a vista of possibilities.
1. Don’t be afraid of frills
(image via thecottagejournal.com)
Because of their texture, tasteful frills can add a bright touch to any room. The cover on this couch has a decidedly Victorian feel and would work well with dark woods, parquet, and lots of floral and tea stained lace.
With a new year comes new resolutions, new opportunities, new time—and, for many of us, new ideas and resources to spruce up our homes. There are few more concrete ways to welcome a new year than redesigning a room or an entire house with the trends and ideas that are primed to become big hits.
Oftentimes, the new overlaps with the old, in carrying over favorites from the past year (or even earlier) while offering new twists on both them and completely unique alternatives. The gift of human creativity coupled with technological advances and the ubiquity of social media have unveiled a near-endless palette of opportunities with which to create your dream home. This post will give you ideas to work with and trends to watch as you celebrate 2017.
Navy blue interiors
New and different colors are making their presence felt in 2017, and one of the biggest ones is navy blue. The forceful but inviting statement made by this shade is becoming very popular. Moreover, it’s especially easy to incorporate as a centerpiece, in throw pillows or other accents, or, as a contrasting wall color.
Remember that wonderful feeling when you’ve just purchased your brand new furniture, and it sits pristine and beautiful in your home? It’s exactly what you wanted, and it looks even better than you had hoped. That new couch, those lovely dining room chairs, that fluffy ottoman.
Unfortunately, though, people actually use this furniture you’ve so carefully selected, and it seems that in no time there are slight stains, faded color, pet hair, and other imperfections that mar the appearance of your once perfect room.
This can be especially challenging with upholstered furniture, that fixed fabric that says “clean me!” with no easy way to accomplish the goal. With slipcovers, it’s as simple as throwing it in the wash. With leather, often as easy as wiping it down. But the upholstered stuff can be tricky.
If your teenagers or grandbabies or beloved bichon frise are leaving your beautiful couch a complete mess, here are some easy tips for getting that once pristine piece looking brand new again.
Redecorating can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of creating a home. The process ideally allows you to freshly create an inviting, comfortable, and functional space that is both aesthetically attractive and expressive of your personal tastes and style.
For both beginners and veterans, the easiest way to redesign a room is to choose a staple item—in living rooms, this could be an ottoman, a wingback chair, a table lamp, a sofa, a bench, etc.—around which to build and from which to draw a color scheme, unifying center, or inspiration for the rest of the room.
Most importantly, making key decorative choices will serve to maximize whatever space is available—essential if you have a small or awkwardly-shaped room. Read on for eighteen ways to use living room essentials to inspire your personal (re)makeover.