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Update your home with the velvet trend

From fashion to interiors, the trend for velvet has never been hotter and it’s easy to see why. Sumptuous and tactile, with an ability to inject an instant shot of polish and glamour, it’s ideal for both traditional schemes as well as contemporary rooms. The recent resurgence of the mid-century modern aesthetic has brought velvet back into our homes in a stunning palette of colours, from timeless grey and delicate rose shades to deep jewel tones and heritage hues.

Another reason for its popularity is velvet’s versatility – it’s soft enough to be used for upholstery and window treatments while also working across hard surfaces as flocking. Sophisticated, laid-back and a natural partner for other current trends, such as metallics and geometrics, means there’s a love to love about velvet. Try using it to add a layer of shimmering luxe to your home this season…

Make a statement with your sofa

Chairs and sofas are probably one of the first places you’d think about using velvet but there’s no need for a whole room rethink if you love the look. The key is to use velvet sparingly. For example, you can help to ease a new chair or sofa into a current décor scheme by choosing one piece in velvet and contrasting with chairs in another material, such as linen or cotton, with a scatter cushion in the same velvet fabric. Alternatively, you could dip a toe in with an ottoman, footstool or pouffe. Blues, teal and greens are ideal shades to choose as they can be easily updated with lighter accessories for a fresh spring/summer look.


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Wow with walls

Flock wallpaper has been in and out of fashion for decades but with the rise of the velvet trend it’s firmly back in. The paper isn’t covered in velvet as such but is made by adding short, tightly packed fibres to the surface to produce a velvety effect. Traditional damasks with the tactile surface make it feel classically luxurious but there are some more modern designs emerging that help flock wallpaper fit into a more contemporary setting. This glittery tropical leaf design by Sophie Conran for Arthouse, for example, ticks two trend boxes in one with its botanical inspiration. Putting up wallpaper can be tricky, especially with a flocked surface, so think about finding an experienced decorator to hang it for you.


Image source: Arthouse

Treat your windows

For eye-catching glamour and the power to transform a window in an instant, velvet wins hands down, especially with a little added texture like this crushed velvet blind. Beautifully draped curtains and Roman blinds will help frame your window and are especially suitable during the winter months to help keep drafts out. Keep velvet curtains or blinds simple, ie steer clear of heavy tassels and tiebacks unless you’re aiming for a period feel, and mix with sheer voiles that can serve as a standalone window treatment during the summer. If curtains or blinds made from velvet feel like too much, think about enhancing a lighter treatment, such as linen, with touches of velvet instead – strips of velvet as hanging loops or fuss-free tiebacks work well.


Image source: Blinds to Go

Add unexpected accents

It’s easy to assume velvet’s just a living area fabric but it’s back on-trend in the bedroom too, whether as an upholstered headboard or whole bedframe. For less of a commitment, try a selection of velvet cushions on your bed or a matching velvet throw – perfect for snuggling up under on chilly evenings. On a smaller scale, you can also find some striking lamp bases, light shades, decorations and even wall art with a flocked finish – try the Abigail Ahern Edition range at Debenhams.


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