Upholstery Trends Combining Comfort and Style

May 29, 2024

by Erin Kong


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Don’t know what kind of upholstery is best suited for your space? Navigating the vast array of upholstery options can indeed be overwhelming, especially when considering the multitude of styles, materials and design trends available today. Whether it’s for your entire home or a specific room, understanding the latest upholstery trends is crucial for setting an environment that is both stylish, timeless yet comfortable. 

This comprehensive guide will help you identify current styles, from modern vintage, eclectic to sustainable and performance fabrics, ensuring your space reflects both contemporary aesthetics yet enduring comfort. Whether you prefer bold, statement-making pieces or sophisticated accents, these trends will provide you with the inspiration and knowledge to make informed choices. By incorporating these upholstery trends, you can elevate your interior design, making your home not only visually appealing but also a true reflection of your personality and lifestyle. 

So, let’s delve into these trends and discover how you can transform your space into a haven of comfort and style!


What upholstery can do to a space

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Whether you are renting a space or simply just needing some extra something to elevate your space, upholstery is a great way to inject personality to your home, making a space truly feel right for you. The right upholstery can transform a room, adding charm, comfort and style. A good choice of the right upholstery not only provides aesthetic appeal but also enhances the functionality and comfort of furniture, making it a critical element in the interior design of any space. Not to mention, it is also important to know what kinds of fabric are best suited for your lifestyle, hence we think this article could also be helpful for you here!


Now, let’s get into it. 

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1. Modern Vintage : Layering with bold colours and textures

With the current trends in vintage and retro design, nostalgic appeal blended with modern elements are definitely the new now. Today, we can observe more experimentation with colour, textures and shapes. 

Mixing and Matching

  • Mixing and matching different colours and textures can be a tricky. The key here is to be intentional and selective with your choices to avoid a chaotic and cluttered appearance. However, the right upholstery decisions  would not only add charm to any space, but would be great conversation starters as well!


  • Velvet, brocade, shaggy fabrics or Vinyl(imitation leather) are just a few to name but using these textures along with bold colours could brighten up a space and create a statement piece in any room. Acacia Fabrics offer a wide range of fabrics that would suit any space and aesthetic you are going for, so feel free to explore the full range on our website or contact our consultants at stores near you!


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Earthy tones

If you are more grounded with earthy tones and wooden furnishings, experiment with bolder and more vibrant shades of green or orange-yellow tones of upholstery to brighten up the space. For a room like this, I would recommend a few statement pieces or keeping it to 1 to 2 statement colours within a single space. An element of bold emerald green would surely add an edge to a room with a woody and earthy palette, while still keeping it elegant and sophisticated.


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Eclectic colour palettes

If you are drawn to a more expressive, playful and fun feel, experimenting with a combination of tones and colours is key. Whether it is using colour and texture from upholstery to jazz up a white room, or complimenting your colourful walls with more pops of colour, the key to successfully layering textures and colors is to avoid grouping too much of the same color together, unless you’re aiming for a monochromatic look. Spreading the same shades of the same colour throughout the room would help with the visual balance and comfort to the space. 


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Monochromatic palettes

Prefer a clean, comfortable yet not a dull-looking space? Experiment with textures while keeping a monochromatic colour scheme can be effective. Chenille as shown in the image, for example is a great example of creating an element of interest whilst still blending into the monochromatic look. A good upholstery choice would be able to brighten and add to any space, as well as showcase the shape and furniture itself. So feel free to explore different materials out there!


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2. Playing with Patterns and Prints

One of many trends we see that has been sticking around and will continue to is the nostalgic combination of the 80’s influence within a modern space. Fabric prints play a huge role here, where patterns and prints bring a nostalgic, classy touch to a space that is not only charming but cozy. 

Chintz is one that is making a comeback. It is a type of glazed cotton textile often with prints, typically featuring floral designs that are making a comeback for its not only vintage charm but traditional and classy look. Depending on the colour palette of your room, there are a wide range of hues and tones to choose from that would certainly compliment your space - especially if you are going for an English country decor look. 

This is also a subtle way of adding an unexpected charm to your space without overwhelming the room but one that facilitates casual and comfortable living.

3. Quilted and tailored looks on curvy pieces

With the current trend of contemporary retro furniture styles, curvy pieces from dining tables to sofas are dominating the interior decor scene.

To highlight the curves of a particular furnishing, a neat and tailored look would combine both the nostalgic and playful feel with a modern and classic aesthetic. If you have furnishings that take on sculptural silhouettes, fabrics that hold its shape yet one that forms itself upon the curves without any creasing and harsh edges would be ideal. This would not only enhance the furniture’s design, but make it more functional and stylish.


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4. Cozy statement pieces

Cushions are a fantastic finishing touch to any space, often overlooked yet crucial for tying a room together. Embracing the maximalism trend and the bold use of color in furnishings, large, plump, and oversized cushions have become a staple in modern interiors. Whether your style leans towards a sleek, contemporary look or a more rugged, vintage charm, an assortment of cushions can significantly enhance the ambiance of any room. These versatile accessories not only add comfort but also introduce texture and visual interest, making them an essential element in elevating your home decor.


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Besides, cushions are not only great as a finishing touch of comfort but also in terms of practicality - as it could be used for additional seating when necessary, but it can also be a fun element that you can change around during different seasons or celebrations. Without the need of changing more permanent elements in your room - such as wallpapers, experiment with different patterns and colours of cushions within a space to keep the decor fresh and dynamic. So don’t be afraid to mix and match different patterns and colours of cushions and have fun with it!


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5. Experiment with Performance Fabrics

With the highlighted importance of sustainability these days, the word sustainability is more than a buzzword, it is a lifestyle. 

Today, performance fabrics are more than just your easy-to-clean fabrics that appeal to pet owners and parents with small children. Besides its durability and longevity factors, performance fabrics today are eco-friendly options without compromising on style. 

The integration of sustainable and performance fabrics into upholstery finishings represents a convergence of style, functionality and environmental consciousness, a trend that is expected to continue growing as more people seek out approaches that are both stylish and responsible. 

Acacia Fabrics(R)’s Fibreguard range of stain-free, easy to clean and GRS (Global Recycled Standard) fabrics have a broad range of textures and feel that can create a huge range of exciting upholstered pieces from sleek to vintage or even to eclectic just to name a few. 

Do pop over our nearest stores or our upcoming revamped Acacia Gallery for the latest offerings, where you can also consult together with our experts to help you decide which fabric or styles suit your space best. With over 22,000skus of colors and designs you will not be short on ideas.  What's the better news yet, our well-stocked designs will not disappoint.  

Embracing and Personalising Upholstery Trends with Acacia 

By following these trends, you can ensure your upholstery choices not only meet current styles but also remain timeless yet functional. Upholstery is more than just a decorative element, it’s a way of expressing your unique personality whilst enhancing the comfort and appeal of your space. The trends discussed here - from modern vintage to performance fabrics offer a wide range of options to suit various tastes and needs.

Customization and Personal Touches

One of the key benefits of these trends is that you would be able to customize and add personal touches to your decor. Whether it’s through selecting unique fabric patterns, mixing and matching textures or opting for eco-friendly materials, you have the opportunity to create a space that is truly yours - one that reflects your individual style and personal values. 

Balancing Aesthetics and Practicality - A Long-Term Investment

While aesthetics are crucial, practicality should not be overlooked. Performance fabrics, for example. Offer the perfect balance of beauty and functionality. They are designed to withstand the rigors of daily life while maintaining their appearance, making them ideal for busy households. 

Investing in quality upholstery is also a smart financial decision. High-quality fabrics and well-crafted furniture can last for years, reducing the need for frequent replacements. This not only saves money in the long run but also contributes to sustainability by reducing waste. 

Expert Guidance

If you’re unsure about which trends of fabrics are right for you, don’t hesitate to seek expert advice. Interior decorators and fabric specialists can help to provide valuable insights and recommendations based on your specific needs and preferences. Visiting showrooms and galleries like the Acacia Gallery would also allow you to see and feel the fabrics, helping you make informed decisions. 

Adapting to Changing Trends

Lastly, it is important to remember that trends are ever-evolving. While it’s beneficial to stay current, flexibility is key. Opt for timeless elements that can adapt to changing styles. This ensures that your decor would remain fresh and relevant over time. 

Incorporating these upholstery trends into your home is not just about following fashion, or the latest looks; it’s about creating and experimenting with a living space - one that is comfortable, functional and uniquely yours. Whether you’re drawn to the boldness of modern vintage or the practicality of performance fabrics, there’s a trend that will resonate with your style and personal needs. Hence, embrace these trends, and let your upholstery choices transform your space into a true reflection of your personality and lifestyle. 

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