It’s so cozy. It’s so welcoming. And right now, it’s on its way to becoming a toasty hot interior design trend.
As the luscious material trends on the runway this fall, interior designers say it’s also appearing more and more in homes. Why? As the design world takes a turn from cold contemporary to cozy opulence, designers use it for its luxurious yet inviting nature.
“We’re returning to slightly more luxurious interiors, with home decor that feels really great and also looks great,” says Erin Gates, Boston-based interior designer and author of Elements of Style. “For a long time, the style was very streamlined, modern and on the colder side, but people are starting to want their homes to feel as comfortable as possible.”
1. Add It To A Space That Needs Texture
Interior designers typically add faux fur to a neat and tidy space when they want it to be just a tad cozier or more inviting.
“When we use faux fur, we’re looking for some really luscious texture in the room,” says Gates. “If you look at a space and everything is neat, tidy and clean, you want something that’s sumptuous and cozy. It’ll really elevate the space.”
This texture can come in the form of a simple faux fur pillow, rug or throw.
2. Limit It To One Or Two Items
On the note of a faux fur throw pillow, rug or throw, take note: You get to choose one or two. Not all three.
“It’s definitely possible to go overboard with faux fur, so try to limit it to one or two items strategically placed in a room,” says Gates. “Otherwise, it starts looking like you live in Antarctica and you went overboard with a trend. Just a touch of it is sophisticated.”
When in doubt, go with less, adds Jessica McClendon, Los Angeles-based interior designer and founder of Glamour Nest.
“I always say less is more when it comes to faux fur,” says McClendon. “It’s a very fine line before it gets to be a rockstar crazy type of look. Throw just one pillow on your sofa to add texture, without being too heavy or too rustic.”
3. Look At The Tone And Fur Length
As with any interior design purchase, it’s important to research what companies in your area sell the highest quality faux fur, and to inspect it yourself before buying.
“Look for items that have longer hair, so it doesn’t look fake,” says McClendon. “I also look for a lot of variation in tone, so items that aren’t just a flat gray or a flat white, but that really have a rich tonal variety.”
And remember: If you’re looking for light-colored faux fur, creamy hues will always look more natural than stark white.
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