Vel­vet un­der­ground

Moody and lux­u­ri­ous room sets come into their own at this time of year. Homes & Liv­ing found some grand de­signs that will be a plea­sure to come home to.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

It may take courage to cre­ate an ul­tra glam look with ex­trav­a­gant tex­tures in rich hues and jewel tones but this style will help you cre­ate an eye-catch­ing scheme with long last­ing ap­peal.

The look you are af­ter is lux­u­ri­ous and op­u­lent, so think plush vel­vets, fur­ni­ture with gen­tle curves, smoked glass and any­thing in­spired by the glam­our of the 1920s, art deco or 18th cen­tury clas­sic French de­sign.

Pip Prinsloo, of John Lewis says their cur­rent Bou­tique Ho­tel line was born out of an in­creased in­ter­est by our cus­tomers in prod­ucts which bring a sense of lux­ury back into homes.

“This de­mand is for strik­ing pieces that are beau­ti­fully de­signed and use the best ma­te­ri­als to stand the test of time. From lux­u­ri­ous tex­tiles to op­u­lent fin­ishes and prints, Bou­tique Ho­tel has a pol­ished feel that aims to impress and stim­u­late the senses.”

Ali­son Cork, founder of Within Home says rich and dra­matic tex­tiles can trans­form a room, es­pe­cially when they’re mixed with dark de­cos and any­thing or­nate; and they can with­stand wear and tear more than you might think.

She says: “Vel­vet is a fab­ric which speaks sar­to­rial vol­umes. It screams lux­ury, but also com­fort, as noth­ing can com­pare to the silky tac­tile soft­ness of this fab­ric’s unique pile.

“This is why it’s su­perb for any item of fur­ni­ture we may sit upon and be en­veloped by - a vel­vet sofa is the ul­ti­mate state­ment piece.”

Along with glitzy ho­tels, de­sign­ers have also drawn in­spi­ra­tion from el­e­gant city liv­ing that re­flects the glam­our of a Parisian apart­ment, New York pied-a-terre or a by­gone age of op­u­lence, and more for­mal en­ter­tain­ing when cock­tails would be served be­fore din­ner.

De­sign­ers cite cop­per and brass as the most pop­u­lar metal­lic fin­ishes, as they add warmth, which is won­der­ful for colder months.

Also key to your luxe look are throws, cush­ions and rugs in wool, cash­mere and vel­vet, to make sure the fin­ish­ing touches are as invit­ing and com­fort­able as they are stylish.

Pur­ple raven ap­plique cush­ion, £40, plus beagle bust, £60, Deben­hams

Puc­cini din­ing chair in taupe, £299, Puc­cini din­ing ta­ble, £1,699, Levin ceil­ing light, £240, from the Bou­tique Ho­tel col­lec­tion, John Lewis

Anita dual droplet ceil­ing fit­ting, £59.99, Dunelm

Oscar de la Renta pineap­ple can­dle­sticks, £187. Visit www.amara.com

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