When I decided to go for it and change the look of my family room,
I made some color choices in order to minimize some of the changes
and keep some of the things I loved about the old room.
The first decision I made was to keep the yellow wall color.
I love yellow and grey together, so I knew it would be a
good background color and work with the new style as well.
(Plus, I didn't have to repaint an entire room!)
The second choice I made was to have pops of red as an accent color.
There were two reasons for this:
First of all, I wanted to keep that little red cupboard in the corner.
For some reason, I love this little yard sale cupboard!
The second reason was to keep the room from being too bland.
I have other rooms that have very little color and I love them,
but I also need color in my house!
Pillows are the best way to get those pops of color.
This fabric mimicked the curtain fabric, so using them on the couch,
right next to the curtains, didn't work at all. They just worked against each other.
Putting them on the ticking stripe chairs was perfect!
The pillows I finally came up with for the couch/curtains dilemma
are simple yet give interest to the grey couch.
I used some of the red checked fabric from the old curtains
to add the pop of red!
They all work together!
The third decision I made was to add navy as an accent.
Navy blue actually works as a neutral, so it doesn't compete with
the other colors of the room.
The ticking stripes of the chair slipcovers and navy and white
table between them add just another layer to the room!
I continued the navy in a couple of pillows
on the couch and chair in the corner.
In the end, it still has a cottage-y feel, but a little more modern,
thanks to the fabric and rug choices, as well as the colors.
I love new slipcovers!
And these were long overdue.
The old slipcovers on these chairs were getting a bit ratty,
but I just couldn't find any fabric I wanted to replace them.
Until I decided to change the color scheme of the room.
Then everything fell into place and I suddenly knew
what fabric these chairs needed to be.
I have done several tutorials on how to make slipcovers, so I won't do that now.
If you are interested, you can check out this sofa slipcover, or either wing back chair
slipcover, here or here.
I will just add a few details and tips relevant to these chairs.
I wanted pleats (which are very easy and not too time consuming),
so I used wide navy seam binding as a detail to cover the seam.
I used fabric that I bought a few years ago, and as I was cutting out the pieces,
I realized I was going to be short a couple of yards. I looked everywhere, but
nothing matched the coloring of this particular ticking fabric. So I used
some linen I already had for the backing.
I brought the ticking over the back and added a strip down the middle
to add detail to the plain linen fabric.
I also used muslin for the underside of the cushion
and part of the cushion band that wouldn't show.
This stretched my ticking fabric so that it was just enough!