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BRIANA: Lili has pitched it as a Color of the Month in the past…and so have I. This couch caused quite a kerfuffle at the meeting. So take a stand and make it official. Is denim in the home jean-ius (sorry) or is it better on the body?

denim sofa

FARIMA: If you would’ve asked me this question a couple of months ago, I would’ve said no way.  I’m not sure what exactly changed my mind, but I like it in small doses. I voted for Lili’s denim pitch, and I even featured a denim map in my color trends post.

denim map

The sofa is a little too much for me though.

MARIANNE: I voted for Lili’s denim, too — but not so much denim the fabric, more the idea of that lovely washed out, soft blue. Like this beautiful wood table:

denim table

LILI: That poor couch gets a bad rap, but look at its lines! Think of how well it will wear. Granted, I wish it didn’t have jean seams down the cushions like a pair of old Levis, but even that’s not enough to make me turn my nose up at it. But like Marianne said, I’m really attracted to the color. I mean just look at how beautiful it can be (even when you can see the denim weave):

denim wall

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: Denim is like Sandra Bullock or Meryl Streep. They deal with the wear and tear of public scrutiny and mean-spirited naysayers 24/7, but they hide it VERY WELL. It’s part of why we like them, makes them relatable. Denim also hides all of the nasties our kids rub all over it. We’d never even know that Jimmy and Sabrina had a flour fight on the denim ottoman because it’s so resilient.

Next, Meryl can be stunning, fashionista-y, and formal like in The Devil Wears Prada; however, she can be downright invisible as a bored housewife in Hope Springs. Sandra, too. Football Mommy in that Oscar movie [which seemed more like a movie of the week] or sexy and powerful like in The Proposal. Same with denim! Stick a light-toned denim on a sofa, add chicken pillows and BAM! Casual-country, borderline frump. But use dark denim, chrome nail heads and pinstriped Paul Smith throw pillows, and you’ve something tailored and chic…Park Avenue-ish. Denim in the home is all about using the right shade and the proper high-low pairing.

GRANT: Denim in decor — I find it uninspiring. It’s not hideous or really even unappealing — it’s just whatevs. I do, however, enjoy wearing it (especially in unique ways). This Adam Arnold bow tie is going on my Christmas list.

denim tie

TYLER WISLER: I’m all about denim in general, but in interiors it’s an unexpected textile in a world of chenille, chintz and bouclé. I recently discovered an application from an innovative company called Casamania. They created a chair out of recycled garments and compressed them into chairs. Yeah, uh-mazing!

denim chair

The “RememberMe” chair is a great conversation piece and a way to immortalize something like a favorite pair of jeans, and incorporate it into your environment in a chic and unconventional way.

JESSICA: I think I want to like denim more than I actually do. I like the blues and the way the texture looks in small amounts like Farima’s denim map, but something about the idea of having that big jean couch in my house is enough to drive me up the wall. On a side note, am I the only person who has this song stuck in my head now?

We’ve discussed denim on this Casual Friday, now tell us what you think:


22 Responses

  1. Shirley says:

    Denim is confortable, cozy makes you want to relax, Great way to decorate . Who does not want a relaxing home

  2. Rhoda Craycraft says:

    I love denim but would love to see something more country after all denim was originally symbolic with the farm and country living.

  3. Lori Donahoe says:

    I have use old jeans in my boys rooms for quilts on there beds and bed skirts. The bed skirts have pocked for toy to be stored. They look great.

  4. dcd says:

    The couch is great! The Ralph Lauren Chesterfield sofa is very elegant. I upholstered a dresser in denim. Denim is back!

  5. Sherry says:

    Decorating with it for 'jeans'-sake seems overused & outdated, but revamped -such as in that wallpaper is inspiring. Denim itself is so practical, but I think denim in all the different colors makes it also very versatile.

  6. Sherry says:

    I would like to know what criteria is used for judgement of comments to be posted. I commented on several of these design ideas 2 days ago, & I guess you have determined they're not worthy or eligible for posting. I have subscribed to HGTV for years now, & have been interactive (or so I thought) with your different submissions/articles. Now I'm wondering if it's even worth my time, and if my entries for sweepstakes, blog cabin, etc. are even registered. I don't feel it should be necessary to be affiliated with facebook or other social media to be considered legitimate – entering with an email should be sufficient. I'm considering wiping out all of my Scripps Network affiliate subscriptions, especially if I do not get a reply back to my email regarding this.

  7. janevir says:

    Oooh. That couch in the top photo looks like someone reupholstered it with a huge bundle of 70s jeans from RagStock.

  8. Patricia says:

    I have TWO denim sofas in my beach home. At first I liked the casual, kick back vibe until the sun bleached and faded odd portions like the arms of one and the top/back of another. Distressed jeans on a teenager may be ok, but on a sofa not so much. Wish there was an easy fix ( over dye) but will probably just bite the bullet and slipcover. #wastedmoney

  9. […] This is blindingly awful for so many reasons, the first starting with the patchwork denim couch! A few items could stand alone in a beach house, but everything together is just too much. We […]

  10. […] with a frilly pink bedspread and canopy, then gradually matured to sunshine-yellow walls with a cool denim comforter. By the time I was midway through high school, I was sporting tan walls and leopard print […]

  11. Merrlyn says:

    Very elegant! You're almost changing my mind!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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