DEB­BIE DRAKE is head of de­sign at Dunelm

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This sea­son’s rich vel­vets in sump­tu­ous colours, along with dis­tressed metal­lic, from bur­nished brass to bright gold, are a won­der­ful change af­ter so many sea­sons of Scandi min­i­mal­ism and gen­eral aus­ter­ity. To ap­pre­ci­ate vel­vet in all its glory, it’s best seen from dif­fer­ent an­gles, so the pile cre­ates ar­eas of light and shade.


Our deep-but­toned Bel­gravia sofa in Ink Blue, which would be a fan­tas­tic cen­tre­piece to any smart in­te­rior scheme with a mod­ern clas­sic look.


Add a touch of lux­ury to a room with an ac­cent chair such as the Veronika (be­low) in a bold vel­vet shade, and ac­ces­sorise the sofa with co­or­di­nat­ing cush­ions.

Layer vel­vet with other tex­tures such as shot taffeta, satin and leather. Keep pat­tern to a min­i­mum and let the fab­rics do the talk­ing.

Bring your home up to date and fill it with house­plants as liv­ing or­na­ments.

El­e­ments Liv­ing Veronika chair, from £399

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