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How to Use Velvet in the Home

By Philippa Baker, 23rd June, 2015

Whilst there are many fashionable fabrics out there, none is as luxurious as velvet. Traditionally owned by the wealthy and affluent, its trademark characteristics range from its opulent sheen through to its sumptuously soft feel. Regal and refined, its historic status as a material of the upper classes means it’s a sure-fire way to lend a touch of elegance.

After falling out of fashion for a while, there’s no doubt that the trend for velvet is back. As well as experiencing a dramatic revival on the catwalks, interior designers have fully embraced this lavish trend too. Used for upholstering furniture from seating to headboards, along with other décor pieces such as curtains and wallpaper, this beautifully indulgent fabric lends depth, character and class to any room. We show you how...

Velvet Interior

Start Small

If you’re feeling a little hesitant, our advice is the same as if you were introducing a bright colour into a neutral interior – start small. In the lounge, try scattering a few velvet throw cushions on the sofa, or why not create a feature wall with pretty velvet embossed wallpaper.

When it comes to furniture, try a singular armchair in the corner to start with. With a short but soft pile, our Sofi Chair is undeniably striking yet won’t overwhelm. Plush velvet-like fabric upholsters its modern frame, making it ideal for the lounge, study or any relaxed living space. In the kitchen, try the Ascot Bar Stool Black for a luxurious look.

Choose The Right Type

Some may be wary of velvet, thinking back to the dated and heavy looking theatre curtains of the past. It also has somewhat of a reputation for being a little high maintenance; however this is not the case, as it all depends on the type you choose.

There are now many varieties out there, from sumptuous pure velvet through to more budget friendly velveteen or velour. Each has its own benefits and distinctive look, and as the various types are made up of different materials, each will wear slightly differently.

Luxury Velvet Dining Chairs

One of the most popular types is crushed velvet. A glamourous option thanks to its signature shimmer, the recognisable lustre is achieved by exposing the fabric to water, squeezing it together, applying pressure at different angles, then allowing it to dry with a unique crumpled appearance.

The Roxy Dining Chair is the perfect example, available in radiant beige, silvery grey or timeless black. Its soft sheen is enhanced by the opulent diamantes in the padded backrest, both the fabric and gems gently shimmering as they catch the light. Beautifully versatile, it’s just as suited to the dining room as it is at a dressing table in a plush bedroom or boudoir suite.

Another popular type is ciselé or cut velvet, easily identifiable thanks to the elaborate pattern cut into the fabric, as seen in the Estelle (below). Similar to this is our much-loved Mia Dining Chair, its fashionable floral design sure to catch the eye.

Make A Statement

If you love the luxe look, then don’t be shy – make a statement. With their affluent aesthetic, fabric dining chairs upholstered in regal velvet are ideal for creating a formal dining area that will really wow your guests.

Channelling the grandeur of the past, our glamorous Ascot Dining Chair will create a splendidly nostalgic opulence. The lavish texture of the crushed velvet upholstery is complimented by quilted button detailing in the comfortable backrest, along with chic chrome studs and a decorative chrome ring on the rear that ensures it dazzles from all angles. With a real upmarket elegance, it’s the perfect design for dressing up a plain or neutral interior.

Pair With Complementary Materials

Whilst velvet will no doubt speak for itself, it pays to enrich the lush aesthetic by pairing it with similarly sophisticated materials. With a timeless warmth and classic character, wood makes the ideal choice.

Velvet Dining Chairs

When it comes to chairs, choose those with solid wooden legs in a divine walnut or dark black finish, as seen on the sumptuous Sofi. Its velvety cream seat with chesterfield-style buttoning will strike a trendy contrast against the dark finish of the legs, or alternatively, choose the black seat if you prefer the monochrome look.

Need a little inspiration? Check out our Viva La Velvet pinterest board for more décor ideas and chic velvet products.

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