Piping Is for More Than Just Cakes
The tiny decor detail with big impact.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:57 AM
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Fashion’s Resort 2020 season has come and gone, but there’s one ensemble that’s managed to stay top of mind months later. It’s a bubblegum pink skirtsuit ensemble from Fendi, and it’s perfect. The reason? No, it’s not the sensible calf-length trapeze skirt. It’s not even the coordinating rosy turtleneck: It’s the black piping. Paired with a soft hue (that pink) and classic silhouette, the high-contrast detail takes monochrome to the next level. Which got us thinking…furniture’s fabric trim can have the same dramatic effect.
Incorporating some decor pieces with piped upholstery is an easy way to go a little bolder when you’re not ready to commit to super–graphic styles. Call it a gateway to color-blocking. From orange ottomans to cream-colored chaises, we’ve tracked down the best furniture for your personal style:
Munna’s emerald green sofa was designed to capture the elegance of the Art Deco movement. With its deep hue and rich velvet material, it’s just the indulgence you’ve been waiting for.
Lavender and bright red are ideal for bringing a burst of character to your home office; they might not help with your in-box, but they’ll at least make you smile.
Pick a pouf to double as a footrest and extra seating for guests; you can stow it away when not in use.
CB2’s low-profile outdoor armchair (that could very easily double as an indoor chair) features laid-back sophistication—piping, but make it striped!—that California is known for. Plus, it’s a favorite of Sarah Sherman Samuel. Enough said.
A sturdy ottoman with tonal piping would be a fun complement to an already pink-covered space. (Who doesn’t love a gradient?) Alternatively, it can provide a subtle pop of color that feels both modern and timeless.
Who said neutrals had to be one-note? This subtle black trim is all the detail needed to elevate a simple cream couch.
Curl up in one of these club chairs, designed in the 1980s by Milo Baughman and reupholstered in vintage velvet with lime green piping by New York design shop Coming Soon. They’re practically made to fill a reading nook.
Blue and white is an enduring combination for a reason—it instantly makes a space look more put-together. Flip the script on tradition, though, by pairing this ottoman with vibrant pink and yellow accents.
Another Human’s just-launched colorway of its Stacks Bench (order it custom on the company’s site) features cushions in all different shades—ideal for when you can’t pick just one hue.
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