How do you feel about ruffles? In the spirit of my more-is-more approach to design, I’m a big fan. There’s something about the very abundance of fabric, the way they flounce and swirl around that just makes me squeal in delight. I’ve got quite the collection of big blousey frocks complete with ruffle sleeves and so it makes sense to add this design detail to my interiors too. In the spirit of the 1990s Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, a big ruffle adds a touch of whimsy and flamboyance that can really make a room feel special. I’m also reminded of my family home in the 80s, complete with festoon blinds, floor-length skirts on round tables, and bed valances. If you are reading this and thinking that I’ve lost my mind, sit up and pay attention. Ruffles are having a moment in fashion and therefore interiors and there are plenty of ways to add a ruffled embellishment to your scheme.
As an introduction to the ruffle trend, you can look at adding a ruffle embellishment on plain fabrics. I first saw this idea of a simple occasional chair with a ruffle skirt on the hotel L’hotel Marrakech owned by the designer Jasper Conran, and they were just divine! You could get this look straight away from Love Your home, or create this look yourself with a loose cover. Depending on your look, you could opt for a chic plain or go all out with a maximalist blousey pattern like the amazing chair at the top of this post, covered in The English Garden Albertine by Linwood.
If going all out feels too much, I’ve rounded up some of the most ruffle-tastic beautiful products to buy online to make your interior have a pretty edge and hit this trend. My advice is to introduce just a few ruffled elements- or it could all go a bit Miss Haversham before you know it!
Image at top: Chair covered inThe English Garden Albertine by Linwood.