With winter seeming like it’s never going to end, it’s more vital than ever to find soft decor to cozy up next to and make the miserable weather seem a little less dull. While you can always curl up in bed with a soft duvet, adding in a few throws and pillows to your living room couch can also work well to improve things.
The new trend hitting the decor world these days is none other than bouclé, a gorgeous textile made from heavy, looped yarn. Last year, shearling chairs and sofas incorporating bouclé were everywhere, but you can achieve a similar effect for less with bouclé pillows. 'Bouclé can have a nubby feel to it, but I love using it in design because it can add a rugged, unique feel to a space,' says interior designer Lance Thomas of Thomas Guy Interiors.
Derived from the French word meaning “curled” or “ringed,” bouclé is very sturdy, and can refer to a yarn made from a series of looped fiber, or the fabric made from it. Wool is the most common fiber to use for the technique, though cotton, linen, and silk have also been used fairly often.
If you want to add this stylish look to your own space, I've found some gorgeous bouclé pillows all over the internet. I don't love everything out there, but these are the best.
Lance Thomas is an interior designer based in Louisiana. He is the principal and founder of Thomas Guy Interiors.
Best bouclé pillows 2024
Available in pretty much any color you can think of, this Pottery Barn option has bouclé in the front and flax at the back, so you can mix and match as you so choose. The textured hand-feel is soft to the touch.
If you want to spruce up your existing pillows with this trend, try the Cozy Bouclé Pillow Cover from West Elm. Each chic color has been handwoven by skilled artisans in India, thereby benefiting underprivileged communities.
This affordable Walmart pillow does not skimp on quality in the very least. Made of 100 percent polyester, the pillow is soft and comfortable enough for everyday use, and adds texture and depth to your space.
Why should the bouclé trend simply be reserved for indoor decor schemes? This outdoor spherical pillow is made with weather-resistant recycled yarn, and comes in a myriad of colors for all sorts of styles.
This plush selection of neutral pillows gives you every shape option you can think of, from simple and spherical to long and lean. A simple cotton and polyester fill adds to its charm.
For a luxury bouclé option, consider the Nell Bouclé Pillow from Jenni Kayne. Fashioned from linen and wool, this plush pillow comes in shades of ivory and taupe for a neutral take on the trend.
This Wayfair pillow adds more nubby texture than others, but it’s an ideal option for a room that skews maximalist. The polyester loop yarn fabric makes it extra durable, too.
For the ultimate splurge, the Loro Piana spin on bouclé should be on your radar. Think soft cotton blend stripes, a light, fuzzy exterior, and the signature Loro Piana logo at the bottom for a beachy feel.
How do you clean bouclé?
You can trust Homes & Gardens.
Bouclé can be hard to clean, as it can get ruined in the washing machine and dryer if it's a particularly nubby material. Usually, companies expect you to simply spot-treat with a damp cloth mixed in with a small amount of detergent. If you rub too harshly, you could ruin the loops in the fabric. Some polyester and more tightly-wound options, however, may be allowed in the washer, but you should check with the manufacturer before doing so.
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Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.
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