Trend Alert: Channel Tufting
You know the feeling: You step inside a chic hotel and instantly transform into a more sophisticated version of yourself. Channel tufting makes us feel that way. Whether it’s vertical or horizontal, we love the plump, padded, and plush look that channel tufting gives to banquettes, sofas, beds, and even walls. From leather to velvet, neutral to bright, channel tufts evoke Old Hollywood luxury—and the right mix of color, fabric, and décor can give them a modern twist. Keep scrolling for fresh ways to use this textured fabric.
For enviable restaurant style, we love the look of banquette seating in a dining room. Soft velvet or burnished leather both create luxe, vintage character, and mixing darker, richer tones into the room adds an element of sophistication. Call it a booth, a bench, or banquette; we call it the best seat in the house.
In a living room, chic tufts can transform a comfy sofa to give a whole new meaning to the term “channel changer.” Channel tufting adds linear dimension to the room, leading the eye vertically or horizontally through the space. We love combining midcentury channel-tufted sofas with sleek lighting and modern coffee tables to create an eclectic juxtaposition.
Channel tufts look great in feminine color. Lighter shades showcase the texture of the tufts, and bolder hues help tufted pieces pop against neutral backdrops. From swivel chairs to settées, these are seats we’re excited to sink into.
The padded texture of channel tufting adds depth in any space, particularly with the right mix of materials and color. This vignette brings together distressed pink leather channel tufts, shiny metallic tabletops, and deep green walls to create a chic and colorful corner.
We love classic diamond and button tufting, but channel-tufted chairs have the simplicity we’re after: unbuttoned but still stylishly stuffed and seamed. These chairs stand out in a neutral space, striking the perfect balance between vintage and modern.
Channel-tufted velvet just might be the ultimate soft and cozy sleeping surface. This navy version lends a rich feeling to a bright white bedroom space, adding plush padding to play off sharp, sleek décor.
Which channel-tufted piece is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!