It’s the year of liv­ing on vel­vet

Warwick Daily News - - WEEKEND - with Tracey Hordern

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.




Noth­ing looks lusher than vel­vet trimmed cur­tains spilling on to the floor.

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