Vel­vet un­der­ground

A retro fab­ric favourite re­turns, writes Robyn Willis

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Vel­vet is the kind of fab­ric that draws a strong re­sponse from peo­ple. Per­haps it’s the ir­re­sistibly soft touch it of­fers, but for many it con­jures up mem­o­ries of the 1970s, from glam rock cos­tumes to plush lounges you could sink into.

For oth­ers, vel­vet’s ref­er­ences go even fur­ther back to the Ed­war­dian and Art Deco eras where it was val­ued for its depth of colour and weight.

What­ever your take on it, vel­vet is one of the strong­est trends this sea­son, pop­ping up in ev­ery­thing from bed­ding and cush­ions to lounges, ot­tomans, dining chairs and cur­tains.

Keen ob­servers might have no­ticed its pres­ence in re­cent years as it fol­lowed the rise and rise of mil­len­nial pink. How­ever, it has stepped out of the pas­tel pal­ette this sea­son in an ar­ray of bold, jewel-like colours per­fect for the cooler months.

Into the deep

It’s no co­in­ci­dence that vel­vet’s pop­u­lar­ity is hit­ting its stride at the same time as we’re see­ing a re­turn to deeper shades such as teal, emer­ald green and plum in in­te­ri­ors.

Vel­vet’s short pile not only feels great but it of­fers a depth of colour that is hard to match with other fab­rics.

If you’re really into this fab­ric, you’ll be spoiled for choice this sea­son, es­pe­cially when it comes to lounges. Styles range from the tra­di­tional chester­field lounge to ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary seat­ing op­tions.

And while vel­vet up­hol­stered dining chairs or barstools might look beau­ti­ful, it’s just as easy to opt for vel­vet scat­ter cush­ions and ma­chine wash­able vel­vet bed­ding and throw rugs for your own take on this lush look.

This gor­geous con­tem­po­rary lounge by Vincent Buret and avail­able from Work­shopped is called Lost Keys. It’s a welded metal frame with foam and duck feather fill ideal for sink­ing into.

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