CLASSIC, luxurious and sumptuous, velvet is on-trend in a big way for 2017. Both for fashion and interiors, but especially interiors. The plush fabric and the jewel gleam of the pile adds instant luxe to any space.
The velvet trend ramped up last year, but has morphed into the mass market. This has increased choice and availability while providing affordable options. Most of us think of plush velvet as the fabric of cooler climates. But this is not the case. There are plenty of cotton velvet options available in lighter colours that are perfect for our climate.
Soft furnishings need regular replacement. I suggest updating cushions and replacing them with super soft velvet cushions. They feel great against the skin in winter or summer.
The perfect velvet sofa would be the piece de resistance to any living space and you can now find just about any style of sofa upholstered in sumptuous velvet. It's just a matter of finding the right size, shape, style and colour for your needs and tastes.
Other velvet soft furnishings include velvet curtains. Not to everyone's taste, but in the right space, nothing looks grander or more seductive than lush velvet curtains spilling on to the floor. For the full effect, add tassels and fringing that often accompanies these opulent curtains.
Finally, velvet really comes into its own in the bedroom. The luxurious feel of the fabric and the rich jewel colours of a velvet bedhead or bedcover could transform your bedroom into a sensuous sleeping chamber.
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