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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Denim is Casual – and Chic at the Same Time
I love the organic, artsy and ethnic elements of this room, layered casually and pulled together with blue denim drapes.
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.
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?
But all that ruggedness doesn’t have to equal western…here’s a modern silhouette, done in denim.
So, sit down, put your feet up and when you finally go out, wear your jeans everywhere.