Decorating with Dropcloth Slipcovers

Decorating with Dropcloth Slipcovers

Sarah Coffey
Nov 4, 2009

Designed by stylist David Benrud for Pottery Barn, this room is built around a sofa covered in a twill dropcloth. Too often, dropcloth slipcovers can make a space look messy and thrown together, but a few carefully chosen design elements keep this room from feeling sloppy...

  • Contrast is the key to this design. Clean-lined furniture balances the looseness of the slipcover, black frames make an impact against a white wall, and sharp angles are offset by a few curvy accents (like the guitar and the horse on the coffee table).
  • A neutral palette helps the dropcloth to blend in with its surroundings. Natural wood floors and a jute rug ground the space in earth tones, light-colored walls make it feel airy, and dark brown and black accents add some punch.
  • Lots of off-white is used to make the dropcloth seem like the intentional center of the room, rather than just a cover-up for a stained couch. Throw pillows, off-white walls, and even the accents on the coffee table tie into the tone set by the sofa.
  • Blended textures keep the room from feeling boring. Knit pillows and a throw add interest to the sofa, while glass and steel tables provide a counterpoint to the softness of the seat.
  • Pairs of furniture break up the bulk of the sofa. A dropcloth slipcover creates one large, unbroken shape at the center of the room, so it needs smaller pieces to provide balance. The two cocktail tables in front of the sofa echo the pair of photographs behind it, creating a rhythm that keeps the sofa from feeling too heavy.

Shown above: Pottery Barn Cotton Twill Dropcloth Slipcover, $99

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