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Faux Fur Decor Tips

Nothing makes a room feel cozier and more luxurious than a few well-placed faux fur accents. But decorating with faux fur can be tricky; too little faux fur makes a room seem unbalanced, while too much of it can make a space feel overstuffed. To help you strike the right balance, here are a few essential tips for incorporating faux fur pieces into your home decor.

Remember, Less is More

It's easy to go overboard with faux fur decor, so limit your faux fur pieces to one or two items depending on the size of the space. A good place to start if you don't know where to begin incorporating faux fur into your interior decorating is in the bedroom. You might, for example, place a faux fur pillow among the other decorative pillows on your bed, or drape a faux fur throw over the arm of a wicker chair. Then, consider adding a few faux fur pieces to other rooms of your home.

Use Faux Fur to Create Texture

Modern furnishings are characterized by their clean lines and minimalist details. While these features go a long way toward giving a room a sleeker and more streamlined look, they can also make a room seem sterile. Use faux fur accents to instantly add softness to the room and inject a little warmth into your atmosphere. Faux fur throws pair well leather sofas, while faux fur pillows can be used on guest beds to create a homier environment. Faux fur rugs are great for warming up tile and hardwood flooring, especially in chilly climates.

Consider the Fur Color and Length

Faux fur comes in a range of colors and lengths. When choosing faux fur accents for your home, it's important to consider how the accent will be used and what impact you want the piece to have in the room. Long fur and bold tones will draw the eye and serve as focal points for the room, while short fur and light or neutral colors will make a space feel cozy, yet airy. Consider using light hues like creams and whites during the spring and summer seasons and dark colors like taupe and brown during the winter months. If you want to use the same pieces year round, a lighter color is your best bet. Swap the pieces out with festive-colored faux fur accents for the holidays.

Mix Faux Fur with Different Materials

Try pairing faux fur with smooth materials like silk or leather to add visual interest to a space. Alternatively, layer faux fur over other soft materials like velvet or wool to add an extra touch of opulence to the room. Pair similar colors to unify the theme of the room, or mix and match fur lengths and hues to add depth to an otherwise boring space.

Use Faux Fur in Formal Spaces

You don't have to limit your faux fur decor to the bedroom and living room. Faux fur accents also work well in home offices, dining rooms, front entryways and any other space you want to make more inviting. Short fur works well for formal areas of the home, as it subtly warms up the room of the space while retaining a minimalist look and feel.

Opt for High-Quality Faux Fur

Faux fur varies in quality, with the highest-quality variations rivaling the texture of real fur. Generally speaking, the faux fur pieces with the longest length and heaviest weight are the most realistic in terms of softness. The simplest way to test the quality of your faux fur throw, pillow or rug is to feel the fabric. If the fur feels "scratchy," it's likely made from lower quality synthetic fibers. High-quality faux fur, on the other hand, will feel soft and silky to the touch, and the fibers will quickly fall back into place after you touch it.

Its cozy look at timeless appeal makes faux fur a great choice for any room of the home, whether it's a fuzzy throw draped over the back of a sleek leather sofa or a plush rug placed at the foot of a bed. Browse Pottery Barn's collection of faux fur accents to discover new and interesting ways to integrate these luxurious pieces into your interior design.