A retro fabric favourite returns, writes Robyn Willis
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.