This season, faux furs are most realistic than ever and are common in pillows, throws and stools. They add a touch of drama and cruelty-free coziness.
Faux fur. For decades, the term conjured up images of obvious artificiality.
Its fakeness often became a style feature — “fun fur” had colors and patterns so exaggerated there was never any doubt that the fur came from a factory, not a forest. And while the look may have been sometimes passable as real, the “hand,” or feel, gave the game away. Like early versions of the shag rug, faux fur felt rough and plastic-y.
Today’s versions are remarkably realistic. Often, the acrylic pile that makes up much of faux fur is augmented with natural fibers such as wool, silk and cotton rayon, with various silicones and resins used to improve the luster. Manufacturers are working with other techniques, like mixing shrinkable and non-shrinkable fibers, to even more closely resemble complex furs such as beaver, mink and river otter.
This season, faux furs are common in pillows, throws and stools. They add a touch of drama and cruelty-free coziness.
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Set decorator Beth Kushnick’s chic rooms on CBS’ “The Good Wife” garnered such a following that she launched her own line of decorative accessories, called BAK Home. She likes to use faux-fur throws and pillows as a textural element.
“Keeping them in the same color palette as the sofa or bed works best and creates another layer,” she says.
For her taste, a little fur goes far.
“I use it sparingly, but specifically. Picture a crisp bed of white linens with a white faux-fur throw, or a black velvet sofa with black faux-fur pillows as a backdrop,” she says.
Pottery Barn has throws and pillows in a warm, Caramel Ombré faux fur, as well as imitation Chinchilla and Brown Bear ($49.40–$199).
The white Plum & Bow Faux Fur Pillow ($49 at Urban Outfitters) would be a fun addition to a family room, or a playful element in an otherwise traditional living space.
At Wayfair, find faux red fox, cheetah and sable patterned Madison Park Signature Faux Fur Throw Blankets ($76 at wayfair.com), all machine-washable.
Cute little stools are popping up like furry mushrooms all over the winter décor marketplace. Target has the Nate Burkus Black Faux Fur Stool ($65) and tan Threshold Fur Ottoman ($58) with brass hairpin legs.
Unusual faux furs are the specialty of Fabulous Furs. Look for coyote, snow leopard and the multi-colored Lemur Faux Fur Pillows ($79–$89 at www.fabulousfurs.com).
Z Gallerie’s Ludlow Slipper Chair ($599 at Z Gallerie, Redmond), all dressed up in ivory fur with Lucite legs, would be a cushy spot to relax in a bedroom.
And Restoration Hardware’s oversize faux-fur throws, in a neutral palette, are an indulgence best savored on a bed or chaise. An exotic collection includes Russian mink and a standout Siberian Red Fox Faux Fur Throw ($99). Deck out your tree with the Luxe Faux Fur Tree Skirt ($69) in lynx, mink, sable and more.