Fashion, Interiors, Road

5 Road Trip-Inspired Ways to Use Denim in Your Decor

April 30, 2014 • By

Denim is as classic as it gets for road trip wardrobes.  And since travel of every kind is what inspires my home and art, I suddenly wondered why I’ve limited myself to ethnic textiles, regional pottery and other destination-specific souvenirs when it comes to home decor.

When I travel I wear blue jeans. A lot. They’re comfortable and I love throwing on a cute shirt or jacket and some sandals to take them from casual to (almost) dressy.  Barefoot at the lake is a great place for jeans, too.

Blue Jeans at the Lake, Canoe Bay, Wisconsin

Blue Jeans at the Lake, Canoe Bay, Wisconsin

And the fact is, I love denim in interiors.  So here’s my list of five tips for using denim, blue or otherwise, in your interiors.

Classic Painting of a Boy in a Denim Shirt

Classic Painting of a Boy in a Denim Shirt

1.  Denim is Timeless – So Don’t Be Afraid to Use it in a Classic Setting

The painting in the photo above was one of many in a charming apartment we rented on our road trip through Washington, DC last year.  The image couldn’t be more classic.  Denim is tailored and timeless, so consider using it that way in your home.

Appliqued Denim Drapes as seen in Elle Decor

Appliqued Denim Drapes as seen in Elle Decor

2. Denim Has an Edge – So Use it To Give Your Home Some Attitude

Denim was everywhere in Chicago at the fun and funky Mods vs. Rockers event, which we checked out during the mid-western leg of our progressive road trip. The show features a car show, motorcycles and scooters, tattoo artists, crafts, a rockabilly stage and a pin-up girl beauty contest.  It was wild and wacky fun.

Mods vs. Rockers Motorcycle, Scooter & Car Show, Chicago

Mods vs. Rockers Motorcycle, Scooter & Car Show, Chicago

In your home, denim is a great way to add a little humor or rock and roll edginess to a room. Take this patchwork denim wingback chair, for instance.

Vintage Denim Patchwork Chair by Derbyshire Country Chic

Vintage Denim Patchwork Chair by Derbyshire Country Chic

3. Denim Goes Great With Leather

Case in point? This beautiful living room in Soho that belongs to fashion designer Naeem Khan, as seen on Domaine Home.  Domaine says these are cushy denim couches – and I think I see some gray flannel accents, as well.  Now that’s an interesting combination.

Fashion Designer Naeem Khan's Living Room, as seen on Domaine Home

Fashion Designer Naeem Khan’s Living Room, as seen on Domaine Home

4. Denim is Casual – and Chic at the Same Time

Vintage Lawn Chairs at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Relaxing at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

I love the organic, artsy and ethnic elements of this room, layered casually and pulled together with blue denim drapes.

Modern Living Room as seen on LaurieFlower.com

Modern Living Room as seen on LaurieFlower.com

5.  Denim Can Take a Beating

Folks who work hard, get sweaty, fall down or get dragged around are often seen in denim.  After all, that was the original purpose of this sturdy fabric.  We got to see denim at its hard-working best at the rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Check out these guys. They look pretty good for being pulled around a dirt track by wild horses. I mean seriously.

Cowboys at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cowboys at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Since denim is both durable and handsome (like the boys above), why not use it on a sofa in a family room – or any room?

Denim Couch

Denim Couch

But all that ruggedness doesn’t have to equal western…here’s a modern silhouette, done in denim.

Modern Denim Couch on DesigntoInspire.com

Modern Denim Couch on Design to Inspire

So, sit down, put your feet up and when you finally go out, wear your jeans everywhere.

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