5 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate with Bouclé Furniture and Home Accessories

This textured fabric brings an extra cozy feel to furniture, pillows, rugs, and more.

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Midcentury modern style is known for its clean lines and sleek materials, but the hard edges of this trendy aesthetic have recently softened up. Once a staple in midcentury homes, bouclé fabric is making a resurgence, bringing cozy texture to upholstered furniture and accents.

"As our architecture and interiors have progressed to more modern forms, curves and comfort are becoming more of a trend in furnishings," says Gillian Segal, an interior designer based in Vancouver, Canada.

boucle accent chair in living room
Ema Peter

With European origins, bouclé derives from the French word meaning "curled" or "ringed." It can refer to both yarn made from looped fibers or fabric woven with bouclé yarn. Although traditionally made from wool, bouclé can also be made from polyester, linen, cotton, silk, and other materials.

The fabric style initially became popular in the U.S. during the 1940s, after architect Florence Knoll asked designer Eero Saarinen to create a chair you could "really curl up in," explains Alessandra Wood, design historian and vice president of style at online interior design service Modsy. Saarinen upholstered his iconic Womb Chair in the soft wool fabric, which led to bouclé's popularity in other midcentury furniture designs. Later, the nubby textile featured prominently in clothing designs from luxury fashion house Chanel throughout the 1950s.

blue, white, and yellow living room with modern touches
David Tsay

Today, bouclé is ideal for adding softness to all sorts of furnishings and decor. On Etsy, searches for bouclé chairs, sofas, and ottomans have nearly doubled over the past three months compared to this time last year, according to the marketplace's 2022 home decor trend report.

"The twisted wool fibers are incredibly durable, and it works so well on upholstery," says Seattle-based interior designer LeeAnn Baker. Typically used in creamy whites and light neutrals, the fabric brings an additional layer of interest to a room without adding color. "Neutral, simple interiors require some diversity in textures," Segal says. "Bouclé offers a range in texture while keeping in a neutral palette."

Especially as people spend more time at home, warm and inviting decor is essential. "We're in a moment where people are looking to turn their homes into a comfortable safe haven from the world, and a fabric that's akin to your favorite cozy sweater is the perfect way to get that feel from your sofa or side chairs," says Wood. For an extra touch of coziness, here are five of our favorite ways to incorporate bouclé furniture and decor into your home.

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Bouclé Accent Chair

ivory boucle barrel chair
Courtesy of Wayfair

Create a cozy nook for reading or relaxing with an accent chair covered in bouclé fabric. Opt for upholstery with a smoother, less textured finish for a more polished look, or go for an extra-plush feel for maximum comfort. A chair with a deep seat and curved shape will up the coziness factor even further.

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Bouclé Throw Pillow

square gray boucle pillow
Courtesy of Target

You don't have to commit to a major makeover to try the bouclé trend. Smaller accessories like throw pillows make perfect textured accents. The curly fibers bring subtle visual interest that's easy to pair with pillows in other patterns and colors.

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Bouclé Pouf

ivory boucle pouf
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A bouclé pouf offers a comfy spot to kick up your feet while relaxing on the sofa or in your favorite chair. Pair the pouf with seating in a smoother fabric, such as leather, velvet, or a tight cotton weave, for a nice contrast of textures. This stylish accent can also serve as extra seating when guests come over.

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Bouclé Throw Blanket

brown and ivory boucle throw blanket
Courtesy of Target

Drape a bouclé throw across your sofa or the end of your bed for an instant boost of comfort. Choose a brightly hued blanket for a colorful accent, or go with a neutral hue for a classic look that goes with everything. Especially for busy rooms, a blanket that's machine-washable is ideal for easy cleaning.

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Bouclé Rug

cream colored boucle area rug
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Add interest to flooring with a textured bouclé rug. The looped fibers make this material extra durable and ideal for high-traffic areas like living rooms and hallways. Select a soft neutral shade to provide a versatile foundation for any room.

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