Slipcover Fabric Trends: It’s All About Grey
Thanks to episode 6 of Fixer Upper, the remarkable horse barn transformation, I’m now obsessed with decorating with grey and white. Slipcovers and all!
I especially like grey slipcovers in a room with a lot of white and natural materials. Tonal shades, from pale grey to charcoal, in different weaves strike a nice balance between color and texture. The recycled cotton Respect Fabric collection from Bemz (maker of custom covers for Ikea furniture) is a beautiful example of this.
Recently, I’ve been working with a few grey slipcover fabrics from Big Duck Canvas. I think you will like them for your own project.
From left to right:
Linen Plain Weave in Soft Gray — an 8 oz. medium weight linen cotton blend that Big Duck calls “upholstery & drapery” fabric. I call it the perfect slipcover fabric!
- Beefs up nicely after wash
- Nice drape and good coverage
- Lovely grainy texture and soft gray color See it made up in a slipcover.
Cotton Pebble Cloth in Stone Grey — I’m currently making a sofa slipcover in this 10 oz. canvas and can tell you the overall quality is quite nice. It makes a decent medium weight slipcover with a casual look and feel.
- Soft cotton with pronounced canvas weave
- Versatile neutral color – a warm pale grey with a slight khaki tinge
- Shrinkage: 3″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width
- Low wrinkle when pre-shrunk correctly.
TIP: use this fabric on the reverse side. The front side is brushed but I found it gets too fuzzy and pills when washed. The reverse side is not brushed and looks great!
Cotton Poly Canvas in Charcoal — this 10 oz. blend in 60% cotton and 40% polyester is a fine weave canvas yet feels beefy and durable. This a good fabric option for simple, contemporary style slipcovers.
- Tightly woven with a soft, smooth surface
- Lower wrinkle than 100% cotton canvas due to the poly content
- Rich charcoal color
- Shrinkage: 1″ on a one yard length, 1″ on the width
After reading this post, I’m rethinking the brownish/natural denim fabric I had in mind, simply because of cost alone.
Why are the pebble cloth and linen/cotton fabric so much cheaper? Will they be as durable and hold up to kids and pets and more frequent washing? I’m a little obsessed with grey too.
Check out my Canvas and Denim Fabric Guides to learn about the end use differences between light, medium and heavy weight fabrics. Re why these fabrics are priced so low, that’s a question for Big Duck Canvas.
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