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Now Trending: Comfy, Cozy Bouclé

This curly, comfy upholstery style is about to take over your living room, office or hallway—you name it, bouclé’s got it covered. We are falling in love with this trend and the creative ways people are implementing it into designs. Our designers share why bouclé should be a part of your home. Prepare to see bouclé in a whole new way.

bouclé: a history
Bouclé is a French term meaning “yarn with a looped or curled ply, or fabric woven from this yarn.” The textile first became popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s among interior and fashion designers. Coco Chanel brought it to the fore when she introduced her famous two-piece bouclé suits. The trend faded away until the ’80s and ’90s, and now, it’s making a noticeable comeback. In 2020, we’re seeing bouclé upholstery primarily used on organic, architectural pieces.

texture you can’t help but touch
When it comes to bouclé, texture is everything. Most designers reach for the soft, nubby ringlets to bring a gentle texture to any space. The composition of the textile can differ depending on the particular upholstery. Some have short ringlets that create a subtle effect, while others utilize bigger loops for an almost sherpa-like result. Each bouclé-covered piece allows you to choose how much texture you’re looking for and how much of a statement you want to make.

durability you’ll love
This upholstery hits the sweet spot of soft and durable. Bouclé is typically made from wool, but it also can be made from a wide variety of materials and blends. Its texture means it can withstand regular use without huge signs of wear and tear, making it especially kid-friendly.

comfy & cozy perfection
If you’re looking for a cozy spot, look no further than your bouclé-filled living room. The snuggly fabric is known for being super soft. It’s perfect for fall and winter coziness, and the typically white or neutral color palettes seamlessly transition into the brightness of spring and summer. We highly recommend bouclé pieces for the spaces where the most activity occurs whether it’s some upholstered stools in the kitchen, a cuddly chair in the living room or a reading nook in your kiddo’s bedroom. Life is always happening all around us—give yourself the ability to sink into it.

5 ways to incorporate bouclé

➊ If you are going to really go for it, look for statement pieces. Jesse says: “I especially love this look on modern, streamlined pieces in a solid color. The nubby texture balances out the clean lines in such a warm way—it adds so much visual interest.”
➋ Feeling less risky? Look for small ways to incorporate it that are less of an investment—think ottomans, pillows, throws, etc.
➌ Stick to a solid color. Simple, beautiful and not overdone, bouclé doesn’t need to try too hard.
➍ Don’t be afraid to jump in, but limit a room to one piece or set of pieces. If you go for the bouclé chair, don’t go overboard and also get the pillows and throw.
➎ Pair bouclé with organic pieces like wood and raw stone to create a high impact, visually interesting space.

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