A LUXE EFFECT
ADD A DASH OF VELVET FOR A LUXE EFFECT
LIZ Hayward, an avid traveller and buyer for Coco Republic, loves the luxurious feel that velvet adds to a space, especially in winter.
“I’ve really come around to working with velvet in the home,’’ Hayward says.
“The luxurious texture can enhance any room with elegant flair.’’
It’s no surprise that velvet has been used by aristocrats and royalty in fashion and home – it is plush, rich and sumptuous.
“But it’s important not to overuse velvet – the result can be overbearing,’’ Hayward says.
“Little touches in the upholstery of a chair or settee are perfect and you simply can’t go wrong by adding a velvet cushion in a living space or bedroom.’’
Hayward says the golden rule is to remember that you don’t need to leave cottons and linens to embrace luxurious velvet. Layering can be the key.
The downside of velvet is that it’s not as durable as other fabric and does wear away after years of use.
“If you want to add this texture in a living space, depending on usage it might be wise to use velvet to upholster a pair of occasional chairs,” she says. “It’s definitely a warm material so in winter, why not add a velvet throw or duvet to your bed.”
Jonathan Adler’s Lampert sofa in velvet (above) is all about glamour, cocorepublic.com.au. Velvet bean bag by Kip + Co (below right) is a cost-effective way to add luxury, cranmorehome.com.au. Velvet cushions are a warm addition in winter, aurahome.com.au.