The hysteria around bouclé fabric may seem like something that came out of a time when the whole world was craving comfort during the beginning of the global pandemic — but it is not this trend’s first rodeo. While you might have only first noticed bouclé furniture popping up in people’s homes, in the background of virtual meetings and plastered over your social media apps in ads, believe it or not, it has boomed in popularity many times before.
One occasion, in particular, is likely remembered by those living in the 1950s when the famous Coco Chanel was spotted in Paris sporting her iconic jacket in “buckled tweed”, also known as bouclé. After that display, it was not long before manufacturers were covering every furniture item under the sun in this gorgeous material, and there’s no wonder why.
When it comes to the types of furniture we see draped in bouclé, the list is endless. Whether it’s bed frames made of this fabric, dining chairs, ottomans or an all-out lounge set, there is such a wide variety of bouclé furniture to choose from that will bring character and style to any room in your home. Undoubtedly, it’s a go-to for furniture fanatics who have a strong sense of style.
One of the most well-recognised types of bouclé furniture is the bouclé accent chair. Funnily enough, the industrial designer who first created the bouclé chair coined the term from the French word bouclé — which translates to “curl”. It makes sense because we so often see the bouclé accent chair in that shape, where you can look at it and feel like you could just curl up in it and fall asleep in front of the fire.
Bouclé fabric is best described as a heavy textile that consists of chunky, looped yarn that is woven, and often intertwined with two different shades to give added dimension. Not only is it renowned for its beautiful texture, but it is also incredibly comfortable and a type of material that you can really snuggle up into. The curves and edges of bouclé furniture add a whole new element of elegance and taste to living rooms, bedrooms, offices and dining areas in millions, and potentially billions of homes across the globe.
While bouclé furniture often comes in shades of white and cream, there is also the option to go for a slightly bolder piece to really stand out in a room and tie the rest of its décor together — think more deep browns and greys that have that added cosy-feel. It’s also not uncommon to see bouclé fabric paired with other materials, such as rattan, which really works to give the furniture a slightly more summery feel and a boost of personality.
If you’ve got bouclé furniture in your home, there’s no doubt about it, it’s sure to turn heads. One of the best ways to make a statement, it tends to become a focal point of a room thanks to its unique design and inviting look and feel. The best part about it is that it never goes out of fashion. Bouclé has been adored for years and we put our money on the fact that it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.