Denim decorating: 6 jeanius ways to use the fashion staple in your home

Sandblasted, bleached and even doubled up – how to use the ultimate utility fabric in soft furnishings and upholstery

Denim is everywhere this summer with sandblasted, bleached and even (shudder!) double denim having a huge fashion moment. Livingetc says its never really gone out of style though, and doesn't have to be confined to your wardrobe. The most workaday of fabrics can be put to good use on upholstery, in soft furnishings or even to inspire wall treatments. Here's how...

denim sofa

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What could be tougher (or chicer) than an indigo-denim sofa? Top with assorted cushions and a tonal rug for a look that's both trendy and timeless.

Tea Time Sofa, Arik Levy for Molteni & C. Cushions made in fabric from Ian Mankin, GP & J Baker, Jane Churchill and Villa Nova. Dhurry rug by Vanderhurd.

denim armchair

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Take inspiration from stonewashed boyfriend jeans but blend with feminine florals for extra contrast.

Chair by Diesel for Moroso. Woodford Fairfield Wallpaper by Nina Campbell for Osborne and Little. Cushions covered in fabrics by Jane Churchill, Liberty Art Collection.

blue arched wall

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Use white architectural accents in the same way as a white tee-shirt, to break up brave blue hues. A denim-wrapped bannister adds a fun, tactile finish and 'roughs up' the classic architecture.

Folia Sefa wallpaper from Harlequin. Hampton Garden wallpaper from Casamance. Below stairs painted in Pitch Blue by Farrow & Ball.

blue ombre wall

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For a softer, rustic style, look to dip-dyed denims. Stark, bleached wooden furniture is the ideal foil for wallpaper that travels the breadth of the blue colour scale. Fine black metal details and inky fabrics add depth.

Saraille wallpaper by Designers Guild. Denim effect table cloth made from antiqued linen by Adam Bray at Tissus d'Helene. Denim curtain made from Indigo fabric by Threads at GP&J Baker.

room with faux stags head

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Give a contemporary twist to a classic interior trope by hanging a faux stags head, crowned off with denim offcut-wrapped antlers.

Resign stag head from Graham & Green.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.