Design Trend: Pleated Furniture

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How do you feel about pleats on your furniture?  They can be classic, but the more detailed pleating seems to float in and out of style.  I am definitely seeing more and more pleating in design mags these days.

P.S. Every time I see the picture above, I think about how much I love those pillows with the huge pom-poms on top.  MUST remember to make some pillows like that for the girls room.  And that wallpaper looks a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace, yes?

This is definitely a more intricate look in regards to pleating.  I am torn on it.  I can imagine a room this would look nice in – it would have to be a room very well-balanced in masculine and feminine.  I can also imagine fabrics this would look nice in – although I have a hard time not picturing this in a peach or forest green moire (does this look scream 80′s/90′s for some reason?), I think it would be pretty in a white linen and cool in a grey tweed.

Henredon via High Point Home

This chair from Cutting Corners is really unique – I think a pair of these across from a tuxedo sofa would be quite stunning.

Cutting Corners

Classic box pleating from Pottery Barn.  This style can be a little too sweet for a living room so be sure to pair it with a leather ottoman or some hard lines on an opposite piece of furniture.

Pottery Barn

For a glossary of pleats, check out this article from Real Simple.  Impress your friends with your knowledge of box pleats vs. knife pleats vs. inverted pleats.  Okay, maybe not.  ha.

What do you think of pleated furniture?  Are you into it?  Do you have a piece or two in your home?

7 Responses to “Design Trend: Pleated Furniture”

  1. Kelly KV October 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m thinking of adding pleats in an upcoming reupholstery job for our nursery glider …. it’s a baby boy’s room, but I think the sweetness of the pleats will make sense in a nursery. The fabric on the chair will most likely be a soft linen or washed velvet in ivory or light gray. What do you think, Grace? Thanks for the pleat education!

    • Grace October 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      KK, absolutely! I think it will be perfect in there! Love the thought of it in velvet or linen in gray!!! I have an AWESOME outdoor velvet source to ensure it will be spit-up proof. :)

  2. Jodi October 23, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I would love to know your outdoor velvet source! I’m planning on reupholstering two skinny wing backs for our dining room.

    • Grace October 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Jodi, check out housefabric.com! Search for “sunbrella velvet”. GREAT colors, excellent customer service. I highly recommend! Send me pics! :) Grace

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