Friday, December 28, 2012

Decorating With Velvet.......Mixing Modern And Classic

Velvet has long been associated with nobility and elegance. But many of you may only think of velvet as an old fashioned fabric that adorned your grandmother's Victorian furnishings. I hope to show you through this post just how practical and modern velvet really is. This fabric has made a serious comeback with some much-needed, updated charm. Velvet can add a touch of the popular Hollywood Regency Style glamour to your home. And no self respecting Boho Chic room would dream of not having this fabric on a piece of furniture somewhere in the room.Velvet is all about texture. Upholster a chair or sofa with it and you’ll add instant softness and warmth to any room. 
Maybe you're not prepared to jump whole heartedly onto the velvet bandwagon but you'd be willing to test out the luxurious vibe of velvet in your home in small doses. I just hope you gain some new respect for velvet and are able to catch the excitement about this fabric that has become a new design trend. Whether you use it in new traditional or contemporary interiors, you will be very much in style.

I love to mix  modern with classic. David Garrett is that perfect combination. I hope you enjoy him while you visit.

This soft, luscious fabric was used by the nobility for centuries and is now becoming the hot new look.

Exciting color combinations and designs mix with traditional style furnishings and upholstery styles to creat a fresh modern look.

Combinations of rich, luxurious, textures bring new excitement to interiors.

Prestonfield Edinburgh

Velvet has always been a fabric of choice for antique furniture.


Modern velvet fabrics come in a variety of patterns and colors.

Purple gives such a royal look to period rooms.

Velvet tufted headboards are presently very popular for bedrooms.

No matter what your style is, velvet always brings an elegant touch.

Modern, eclectic take on antique style. This would look wonderful in a Boho Chic room.

Modern styled velvet sofa in a period style room. Velvet is a great way to bring the two styles together.

I love the yellow velvet sofa and peach pillows. These citrus colors are new combinations for velvet decor.

 The combination of these two luxurious fabrics in bold colors gives a modern take on antique furniture.

Selfbuilder & Homemaker Products: Velvet Eccentric launches dramatic ‘modern bohemian’ interiors collection.

Great Boho style using , what else, VELVET!

Fun velvet accessories.

Interior designer David Turnbough based the look of a Chicago penthouse on a Ferragamo scarf owned by the client’s daughter. A salmon velvet was used to cover the walls and the center borne settee.

Sabina Fay Braxton is a Paris based designer and company that produces an eclectic and exuberant collection of velvets, silks, linens and hemps by an atelier of highly skilled artisans who bring life to each piece they print.

Grey velvet is so glamorous and perfect for Hollywood Regency.

Several velvet patterns and shades of green makes this room pull together very well.

Aubergine flocked damask wall covering and velvet covered furnishings in shades of pink and purple. Add in the zebra rug and you have a trendy new look.

Perfect example of how velvet can be used in more chic, modern interiors.

Prestonfield Edinburgh

Now this is my personal favorite. Gorgeous!

It may be an historic fabric but look what new color combinations can do for it.

Perfect example of how you can mix historic and modern styles. The mantle and book shelf definitely gives this room an antique feel but the the velvet sofa, acrylic table and zebra rug give it a breath of freshness.

I love this room and it's mix of old furnishings covered in bright, new, colors of velvet.

If you are interested in refreshing you home with some touches of velvet, here is a glossary of  terms so you can better understand and make choices.

Crushed: This type of velvet can be produced by pressing the fabric down in different directions. It can also be produced by mechanically twisting the fabric while wet. The result is patterned appearance that is very lustrous.

Devore: This variety is produced with a caustic solution. This dissolves part of the velvet leaving sheer areas of fabric. Usually a definite pattern is produced

Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat-stamp the fabric, producing a pattern.

Panné: Also a type of crushed velvet, panné is produced by forcing the pile in a single direction by applying heavy pressure.

Hammered: This type is extremely lustrous, appears dappled, and somewhat crushed.

Plain: Commonly made of cotton, this type of velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes.

Silk: More expensive than plain velvet, this type is usually shinier and softer than the cotton variety.

Velveteen: A type of imitation velvet. It is normally made of cotton or a combination of cotton and silk. Unlike true velvet, this type has greater body, does not drape as easily, and has less sheen

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