Decorating with White Slipcovered Furniture

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nothing says Beach more than crisp white slipcovered furniture. Despite what you may think, white is actually the easiest color to keep clean. A little OxiClean, a spin in the washer and you're as good as new again.

You can create so many looks, styles and feel with white furniture. I love all white in the winter. White comes in so many different hues that you can create dimension and interest just by layering the hues and textures.

Pottery Barn has a great Sweater Knit, Chenille and Faux Sheepskin pillow cover that give a cozy, snuggle by the fireplace look and feel. And I love their new distressed white accessories. They work for a beach cottage look, farmhouse or shabby chic style. The pillar candleholders will also be a terrific display for a piece of coral, nautilus shell or starfish.

In the Spring and Summer, add a pop of color to your white furniture with accent pillows. I always recommend a pattern pillow, which is your jumping off point and then adding a few solid pillow covers within the same color family, but slightly variety. The solid colors should pull from your patterned pillow. The Coral Branch pillow is a great pattern pillow for fall and winter. Then in the Spring and Summer, I would recommend a brighter sealife or coral pillow.

If you're looking for inexpensive, yet comfortable slipcovered furniture, may I introduce you to IKEA. Their Ektorp collection has several pieces to choose from, including a new sectional and a sofa bed. Their slipcovers come in a variety of colors and patterns and with the low cost, you can change with every season.

When possible, go with inexpensive furniture (as long as it's comfortable) and high-end accessories. Your accents always pull the room together and will make it look expensive.

So don't be afraid of white - the possiblities are endless and give you a blank canvas to let your creativity flow.