The Vogue for Velvet – banish lingering January blues with this sumptuous fabric
It's safe to say that velvet is everywhere. Velvet suits have graced the catwalk and the red carpet recently, and velvet pyjamas are also having a moment. As ever, what’s big in the fashion world is also big in interior design.
Velvet was invented to make us feel better about life. Well, maybe not, but with its luxuriously tactile feel, it’s a hug in fabric form. Perfect for a sofa then, so to make a statement go for one in deep jewel tones such as midnight blue, olive green or plum. Blues and greens avoid the boudoir feel and achieve a more contemporary look. Velvet is versatile too. The fabric has long been a favourite of the aristocracy (historically a symbol of wealth and worn for coronations), but an elegant Chesterfield looks just as much at home in a traditional country house as it does in a more contemporary setting.
If a new sofa isn’t on the cards, velvet curtains are a great option. Try adding them to a living room or bedroom for a warm homely feel. The heavy texture is perfect for framing your windows and creating a wonderful silhouette. Another advantage of velvet curtains is that they'll keep out drafts throughout the colder months. Velvet is perfect for rooms that are predominantly used in the evenings, such as living rooms and bedrooms, because it catches the light beautifully. Soft bulbs and candles can make it look magical. A velvet upholstered bed with a button-back headboard will make heading to bed a dream.
The key to making velvet work is to not go over board, which may be a challenge when you see all the stunning velvet furniture available at the moment. Start by introducing it into rooms as a detail. An upholstered chair, ottoman or a few cushions will do the trick. And of course those velvet pyjamas.
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