Thursday, February 19, 2015

Decorating With Velvet Sofas

Sometimes you just need to indulge in luxury when decorating your living room and a velvet sofa may be just the ticket.There is a definite resurgence in lavish and opulent fabrics and velvet is top of the list. Sometimes called the New Victorian style, home interiors seem to be taking on a grander, more ornate look. To me a velvet sofa is more timeless than trendy but according to the "experts" they are all the rage now and leading the charge towards a new form of traditional decor. I had a navy, velvet, Chippendale sofa at one time and loved it. Velvet is a  sophisticated yet durable fabric and a velvet sofa gives any  room an instant polished and refined ambiance and is a great way incorporate this gorgeous fabric into your home. 

Finally velvet has outlived it's bad rep as the fabric that was on Grandma's tacky Victorian furniture or velvet Elvis paintings. Designers have once again embraced this lovely fabric. For those who love elegance and have a desire to recreate opulence in their own homes, opportunity has arrived in the form of the velvet sofa and I for one am glad to see it......again.

Chapman Interiors

The trend in fabric is all about richness and texture. That pretty much describes velvet and we will be seeing more and more of it this year. Velvet sofas are especially being sought after at present for their ability to transform a room with their elegant appeal as well as for their quality and durability.

Jacques Garcia

Whether you like the classics like me..........

..........or prefer a more modern approach, a velvet sofa will upgrade any room to a higher level because it is rich and luxurious to the eye as well as to the touch.

A velvet sofa can appear delicate but with it's distinctive texture it can act as a dramatic and bold focal point in your living room. Velvet tends to come in beautiful colors and adds a depth to each piece. This especially shows up well on a large item like a sofa or loveseat.

Because of it's luxuriousness, rich colors seem to look best on velvet sofas. This is a fabulous shade of blue!!

Velvet sofas can be dressy and formal specially if you choose a more ornate frame. There is nothing wrong with that if you show restraint and create an elegant space. Just  don't decorate in too fussy a manner. Remember the look today is formal but pared down.
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The beauty of velvet sofas is that you can also dress them down and yet retain a sophisticated and chic look in you interiors.

If you love antiques and classical sofas and want to showcase one in your formal living room, velvet is the perfect choice for upholstery. Here is a Swedish gilt, ebonised sofa from mid-19th century, covered in green cotton velvet.

via pinterest

I think velvet covered antique sofas are wonderful when mixed in with more modern furnishings. That is the fun of this new traditional style. If you like this look, treasure hunt for sofas and chairs with decorative carving then add in other elements you like such as contemporary color schemes and odd, eclectic accessories. Just remember that today's look isn't about all the fuss of the Victorian period. Instead it is about featuring your pieces so they can stand out.

It is easy to embrace the luxurious and sensual look of a velvet sofa. 

Velvet sofas are all about elegance and comfort, yet they can also be bold, and let's just face it, very sexy.

 While functioning as a great decorative piece, a velvet sofa will also impress all your visitors with its degree of comfort. I use to love curling up to read on mine.

Kathy Best

Don't forget how lovely velvet loveseat sofas are as well.

Paolo Moschino

This raspberry colored velvet loveseat sofa placed in front of a dark wall looks very chic and modern.

Tufting has also become a huge trend so a velvet sofa with a tufted back is definitely a bold and dramatic statement piece for your interior. Notice the gold accessories......also very trendy for 2015.

A black velvet sofa is a safe bet that always looks rich and luxurious.

Velvet sofas are perfect additions to an eclectic or Bohemian style room.

A velvet sofa is much like a crystal chandelier in that it looks  equally wonderful in a distressed or opulent interior.

Pair a velvet sofa with a weathered or brick wall for a fresh look.

This velvet sofa covered in rich turquoise looks great with bold, modern patterns.

Tracey Garret Design

I love this yellow velvet sofa and how well it pops against shelves displaying books and other colorful accessories.

Details like nailheads are especially trendy on velvet sofas. Also contrasting piping can lend a traditional look.

Velvet can hold up over the long haul with a little care and effort on your part. If you will just vacuum regularly in the direction of the nap with the small brush attachment of your vacuum, you will keep your velvet sofa or other pieces looking their best. For spills remember to blot not rub, use a mild upholstery cleaner with warm water, and handle the nap very gently.

A velvet couch is one of those luxurious items that is so worthwhile because of it’s beautiful appearance and how it can transform a room.

Velvet is the perfect fabric to bring drama to a sofa because it creates the impression of light and shadow.

Velvet sofas tend to have a traditional feel, but they can be pure fun when covered in a bold color like peacock blue, hot pink, or purple.

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