Boucle: The Ultimate Luxe & Comfort Interiors Trend of 2021

No matter what you go for, any piece using Boucle fabrics is a luxe addition to any home.
Boucle: The Ultimate Luxe & Comfort Interiors Trend of 2021

Boucle is making a roaring come back and it comes at no surprise. Because, how could it not? A fashion mainstay – thanks to Chanel’s iconic skirts – has slid itself over into the interior world. And let me tell you, it’s a divine match that has us wanting everything covered in the beautifully inviting textures that Boucle brings.

What is Boucle Fabric?

Taken from the French word, Bouclé translates to ‘curled’ or ‘looping’ which describes the curly nature of the fibre. Traditionally made of wool, and has since evolved using the same woven techniques with alpaca, merino, linen, silk, and cotton making the trend incredibly versatile, depending on your preference and budget.

this is a close up of boucle yarn

As I say, it’s a come back meaning Boucle has had a place in our homes for a long time. Bored of smooth silky fabrics, mid century modern designers flocked to Boucle as a way of bringing textures into interiors. And who do we thank for that? Eero Saarinen, of course. The designer behind the much-loved Womb Chair created for Florence Knoll, a beautiful design that undoubtedly achieved the brief: A chair that was like a basket full of pillows, something you could curl up in. With him stood designers such as Pierre Paulin, who too couldn’t resist the idea of sitting on clouds with the GUBI Pacha Lounge Chair.

Today the trend has become particularly popular in furniture and decor. Imagine curved, voluptuous furniture upholstered in soft textures and chunky, cloud-like pillows layered on top of your bed or sofa. My honest appraisal of Boucle is that no matter what you go for, any piece using Boucle fabrics is a luxe addition to any home.

Top 2021 Picks for Boucle Furniture

For the living room

Personally, when I think of Boucle, I’m thinking creams or whites. It many cases this is still the case, but there are new designs coming out all the time thanks to the evolution of the trend and I’m here for it. Dark hues are a trend of 2021 and seeing it applied in Boucle has me falling hopelessly in love.

For the living room, the Lars accent armchair (MADE) is a gorgeous example of how Boucle texture combined with walnut legs can bring a sophisticated and industrial look and feel into the room. Whereas, if you’re wanting to go for the ultimate luxury Boucle purchase, the Wingback Long Ottoman Micro (Tom Dixon) checks every box. Comfort? Check. Stylish? Check. Unique? Definitely. Luxurious? Undeniably so.

And for those not quite ready to throw everything in on the trend, we’ve got you. These gorgeous Teddy Boucle Cushions (MADE) are the perfect companion to place on top of your sofa or armchair.

this is a boucle chair in scandinavia

For the home office

If you wanting to start off small and are thinking about how to bring Boucle into your home. A simple way, that will no doubt make you feel like royalty after a day’s work, is by adding a Boucle chair into your home office. The Liang & Eimil Gil Chair (Olivia’s) makes for a stunning addition and looks comfortable enough to rest and work from. Its sophistication makes it a timeless buy but if you’re looking for a slightly more affordable price tag, the Ella Accent Chair (Cult Furniture) is a steal.

this is a set of boucle chairs in a colour home

For the bedroom

Where better to bring the Boucle trend when it resembles a fluffy cloud? The bedroom. Essentially lying on a cloud is a lifelong quest and I’m here to show you that there’s no need to close the book on your hopes and dreams. It’s possible. The Marshmallow Bed Frame (Habitat) is so simple in design and retains its sleek style, making it wonderfully versatile and compatible with the existing look and feel of your bedroom. Or if you’re looking for a simple nod to the trend, place a Wool Mix Bouclé Throw (John Lewis) across it to add a luxe finish.

this is a boucle bed rame and bed side sofa

Upholstering with Boucle

As we’ve seen, Boucle is a stunning addition when applied on interiors as well as throws and pillows. That said, just because there are many choices on new pieces you could buy, it doesn’t mean a new purchase has to be made. An option could be taking something you own already and adding extra boucle zest to it.

If you want to have a go at doing it yourself, there are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing boucle fabrics on marketplaces including the likes of Etsy.


Photo credits: 1. Clarence House 2. Nordroom 3. Stefani Stein 4. Architectural Digest

Related Features