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Characterised by its plush pile, nothing says luxury quite like velvet. Uniquely sumptuous, it is associated with the hedonism of the Renaissance and the royal court and adds an undeniably decadent finish to your living space. Having said that, it can be quite tricky to style. Too little and it can get lost in the interiors abyss, too much and things can get a little Liberace. Here are some tried-and-tested ways to make velvet work for you.
Ideal for those who wish to tread carefully with this opulent fabric, the first and most subtle way to style velvet is on a cushion or throw. A touch of stroke-able softness here and there makes any sofa or armchair more inviting. I dare you not to fall straight into a pile of velvet cushions after a hard day of work and feel instantly relaxed. I’ve fallen in love with the jewel colours and old-school glamour of these from H&M Home.
Those treading toward this trend with a little more trepidation might prefer to introduce subtle accents of velvet into their home at first. Instead of going OTT on this interior trend – velvet curtains, velvet headboard, velvet everything! – think understated when seeking your plush pieces. This understated grey lampshade from Debenhams is chic, affordable and ideal for introducing a subtle accent of velvet into your living room or boudoir.
Nothing feels quite as relaxing as putting your feet up after a tough day, an act made all the more decadent when velvet is involved. Whether you choose a soft, squashy pouffe or stately footstool, when rendered in luxe velvet, sitting back with a good book and a cup of tea becomes a far more stately experience. This dusty pink pouffe by MADE.com is a particular favourite this season and comes complete with textured button detailing that’s perfectly on trend. They also do a fabulously flamboyant petrol-teal velvet ottoman that is going straight on our interiors wishlist for when we’re feeling a bit braver (and more flush!)
The final way to make a true style statement with velvet is by upholstering a larger piece with the plush pile in your favourite rich colour. Lovers of bolder pieces are sure to fall for a snug loveseat or cosy snuggle chair made for two resplendent in rich velvet. Add a pile of textured cushions, woolly throws and some soft mood lighting and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a beautifully furnished velvet boudoir that Queen Victoria herself would be proud of.