Thoughts on red piping for this slipcover?

YoursTilNiagaraFallsApril 19, 2014

I'm having a new slipcover made for this chair. I like a cottage coastal style and I'm trying to incorporate red into this room. How do you think this chair would look in an off-white denim with solid red or red ticking stripe (on the diagonal) piping?

I am thinking of pairing it with large-scale red checked curtains (similar to those in the stock photo), and a few red accent pillows.

I've seen the contrast piping on chairs that have more of a straight/tailored profile, but I'm not sure how it would look on a more curvy/unfitted slipcover like this one.

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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

Sorry, here are the curtains:

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 3:53PM
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patricianat

I think that would be a great choice, to choose piping in red.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:00PM
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tibbrix

How about in the same material/pattern as the curtains? Too matchy-matchy?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:08PM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

I guess I should have mentioned that I actually have four of these chairs to slipcover... so that might be a lot of red check for one smallish room!

I'd like to incorporate more red using accents like a vintage red/white star quilt draped on the back of one chair, etc.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:18PM
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peony4

I think perhaps the pattern of the drapery material is too large in scale for piping. It would result in what looks like 3-4 inches of white, then 3-4 inches of red, and so on, even on a diagonal.

If you like the look of contrasting piping, then red ticking (smaller pattern) or solid red would be more complementary.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:20PM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

I agree. I would use either solid red or red ticking for the piping.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:28PM
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patricianat

Solid red or self-fabric. Don't want to be too kitschy.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 4:46PM
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deeinohio

I would worry about the red bleeding into the white, unless you plan on only dry cleaning. I would probably just use the fabric in a throw pillow.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't care for contrast piping, though someone here used it and it looked great.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:11PM
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suero

What do you think?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:03PM
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joaniepoanie

Love the red ticking idea...still gives punch, but a little softer look than solid red, especially since the curtains will stand out. Love the whole look!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:08PM
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Holly- Kay

Suero, you are amazing! I love how the red ticked piping looks on the chair.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:54PM
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tibbrix

Yes, Suero, that is what I had in mind when I suggested piping like the curtains.

Or, how about navy? With the red of the curtains, and the cottage-y look of the slipcovers, I think it would look great. Or navy and cream swirl, a la suero's mockup.

This post was edited by Tibbrix on Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 20:02

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:01PM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

Suero, thank you so much for doing that! I really appreciate it and it helps a lot.

I like the ticking look. I think I may go for it. The only issue is that I wouldn't be able to bleach the slipcovers... hmmm.

Sorry Tibbrix, I misunderstood you earlier. :)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:08PM
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lazydaisynot

I love the look. My only concern would be that slipcovers sometimes seem to readjust themselves so the seams aren't lying perfectly straight. Contrast piping will highlight any irregularities. I don't mean this to be a "no" vote, simply something to consider if this type of detail would drive you crazy!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:10PM
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tibbrix

You didn't misunderstand me. I specifically said the same material as the curtains, but in my head I just had the micro patters. So I wasn't clear at all.

Don't worry about bleach. There are now so many great cleaning agents. No laundry room should be w/o a bottle of Zout, for example!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:23PM
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unbiddenn

I have off white slipcover I have used for years, its beautiful, however, I bleach it, hang it in the sun, have kids and dogs all over it. I have parties, dorito dust and wine spills. I cant imagine what it would look like today, with faded pale pink piping. Perhaps pink would be coming back in style.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:35PM
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patricianat

I have the pre-made piping/cording that I put on towels and just wash them like other towels, once a week. They have not faded. The piping is probably polyester. I don't remember. I have had them 6-7 years. I made them because I could not find the trim I wanted on the towels, so I got white and put piping and tassel trim on them from Hancock.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:41PM
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kswl2

Solid red would be brilliant! Love ticking stripe but it's not enough of a contrast IMO, in very small quantities it may read as pink. I had that Pierre Deux Vichy check in red as curtains for our great room and dining room on a previous house, I loved them. Red and white is very fresh and wonderful, and your plan for a red and white star quilt sounds great!,

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:53PM
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sewlutions

If you go with a contrast, I would choose solid red. Find a fabric that is a synthetic---polyester would wear best and never fade....even with bleach. Also won't shrink when washed.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 9:10PM
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beverlyfla

If you do the piping, which I think might be distracting with the lines of this particular type of slipcover, I think you should attempt to find the buffalo plaid check that matches your drapes in a smaller scale and use that, on the diagonal, as piping. The ticking, in my opinion is too washed out, and would not be an asset to the slipcover.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 9:26PM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

Thanks for all the input. On a related note, I haven't yet sourced the curtain fabric. Does anyone know of a larger-scale red check fabric that would work?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 2:32PM
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carsonheim

I LOVE the idea of red piping. I don't care for the ticking, I think it would look super-sharp with a plain bold red. I do also like the buffalo check. But I think the plain red would be striking!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 2:35PM
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suero

Solid red piping:

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 5:58PM
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clt3

P Kaufmann makes one:

Here is a link that might be useful: Red buffalo check

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:03AM
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beverlyfla

Found Red White Buffalo Plaid fabric at Fabric.com, see link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fabric.com

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:35AM
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louisianapurchase

I like the solid red piping. The ticking is just not bold enough as the others have stated. Also from the photoshopped picture, it comes across as a candy cane look on my phone.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:27AM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

Thanks, everyone! I like the solid red piping as well. I've ordered samples of both fabrics.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 6:47PM
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louislinus

I would skip the contrast trim and just use red in the pillows. The chairs are very nice and neutral and the red piping will marry you to that color forever.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 7:11PM
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FingNugSnug

Just wondering...are you from Niagara Falls?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 9:45PM
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YoursTilNiagaraFalls

No, far from it. I just like that saying. :)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 9:26PM
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powermuffin

As was stated, many reds will bleed when washed. Test it out first.
Diane

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 4:09PM
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kswl2

Below is a link for a red Vichy check from Poland. The price in euros is 6,36 per yard and there is a quantity discount over 10 yds i think, did not look at width though. If the others are unsuitable you may want to try it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Red Vichy check from Poland

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 4:35PM
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