Updated April 3, 2018
According to this recent article in The Chicago Tribune, needlepoint, particularly pillows, is a new decorating trend.
And I couldn’t be happier.
Anyone who has been to my house knows that there are three things you can count on, besides good food — colorful walls, eclectic decorating, and needlepoint. While I’m not sure colorful walls are staging a big comeback, two hallmarks of the new decorating trends are eclectic style and needlepoint.
Take that modern chair and mix it up with a very traditional needlepoint pillow. Or, do as I have done in my living room, pictured above. This very traditional wing chair has a needlepoint pillow on it. But it’s needlepoint with a difference. Instead of the traditional florals you might expect, the pillow is bright, modern, and geometric. Some have been designed by me, some by others. But what’s key is the mixture of styles.
I have made several of these pillows from Maggie Co and they sit on traditional chairs and a Mission style couch. My scrap bag needlepoint pillows, which are also very geometric, live on a big wicker chest or a chintz armchair. The needlepoint on my walls spans every style I do. I pick them because I like them — who knew I was being trendy?
Some other ideas to add needlepoint into an eclectic decorating scheme:
- Make needlepoint in the same style as some of the art on your walls and hang it nearby.
- Do you have a collection of something? Why not include some needlepoint in the same style and mix it in?
- Showcase framed needlepoint as part of tablescapes, mantle decor, or gallery walls.
Look around, how can you make your home look more modern by mixing styles and adding needlepoint?