Tailored or frilly? Traditional or cottage? Small details like buttons and bows (and let’s not overlook pleats and hemlines) help define the look of dining chair slipcovers, particularly on chairs with backs facing into the room. Slipcovers can have plain edges where Velcro or snaps do the job of keeping them closed. But they often take on the aspect of clothing for furniture (versus permanent upholstery) so dress details abound. Covered buttons with loop closures [top] do a neat job of keeping things in place on the chair back. The single button on the seat cover almost feels demure and while I’m usually one for clean edging, the scalloped bottom gives this otherwise linen cover a custom look.
Gray satin covered buttons plus contrast piping offers a subtle upgrade on the working edge of this super trad white damask slipcover. Since the color isn’t too bold it doesn’t compete with the damask weave and it points up the undertones in the background weave.
Droopy, floopy bows do double duty on linen seat covers used to soften up the structured look of 18th-century chair styles that are now so popular. What I also like is the fresh look provided by the gathered ruffle without piping – as if they just came out of the washing machine and were tied in place, just in time to guard against drips from the soup. Cottage-perfect.
One-piece tailored, textured dining chair slipcovers work especially well for more modern chairs with lightly scaled silhouettes. Even though this cover ties with bows up the back, the knife-edge pleating and banding make it more transitional for me. An added feature on this cover is the handy placket between the sides that screens out any gaps in a ladder back or other open-back chair. Which is precisely what a great cover up should do.
(Source: duispy, tginteriors, cottage by design, country living)
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