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In slipcovers or wood floors, versatility adds value to home design

October 22, 2013

Hardwood FloorsSlipcovers are the quick-change artists of home decor. They allow homeowners to change from a neutral color scheme to brightly colored patterns and to unify furnishings of various styles. They are a stylish, but functional addition to a room design just as maple hardwood flooring in Anderson's Dellamano collection adds a classic, but distinctive look.

They can also alter the style of furniture. Wooden legs on sofas and chairs, for instance, can be hidden by a straight or pleated slipcover without losing its traditional look. A smooth, contemporary style can be achieved with a stretchy form-fitting cover for a family room. It's even possible to convert a wooden-armed sofa into a modern piece by wrapping foam padding around the arms before adding a slipcover.

Changing slipcovers seasonally is a simple but effective way to introduce different colors into a design plan without the expense or work involved in reupholstering. When a special occasion or holiday dinner takes place, slipcovers can add a new look to seat cushions and pillows.

Versatile Combinations
Slipcovers tend to bring a cozy atmosphere to a room, and they can be found in a range of colors and textures to fit modern decor as well as traditional home design.

Mixing fabrics and patterns works best when slipcovers complement existing soft furnishings such as window treatments and area rugs. One color repeated in each creates a unified ensemble. It may be the base color used for the furniture cushions or an exuberant, bolder hue against a neutral background.

One way to get two looks is to have reversible pillows. They may have a different pattern on each side or a solid that reverses to a print or stripe. Choose reversible pillows in which both sides coordinate well with slipcovers for even more versatility.

However, it's important to make sure the pillow fabrics have the same colorfastness as the slipcovers to ensure that neither will be ruined by "bleeding" colors.

Outdoor Uses
In addition to interior decor, slipcovers are useful for patio and deck furniture, particularly in warm-weather areas where outdoor spaces are used throughout the year and subjected to more wear and tear. Periodic cleaning will keep stains at bay.

While most slipcovers are made of washable materials, those that are used outdoors need added protection against sun and water damage. All-weather fabrics that resist the elements come in a wide array of colors and patterns that homeowners can use for slipcovers.