Lush, plush & ev­ery­where

Vel­vet’s back for au­tumn in gor­geous greys, rich jewel shades and pas­tels. By

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Interiors -

TAC­TILE, sexy, lux­u­ri­ous vel­vet is the top choice for in­te­ri­ors fab­ric this au­tumn. The trend rep­re­sents a seis­mic shift in taste as only a few years ago vel­vet was deemed dowdy and in the dol­drums. Now it’s on ev­ery sofa seeker’s wish list.

New vel­vet colour pal­ettes are bang on trend, and the choice is end­less. “Vel­vet to­day is very smart,” says Kris Manalo, up­hol­stery buyer at Heal’s ( “Ours is wa­ter and stain re­sis­tant. Just wipe it with a damp cloth. The pile won’t crush or mark and it has a 60k rub test.” “Rubs” mea­sure fab­ric dura­bil­ity — 25k-30k can cope with heavy use.

Joanne Cass­abois of Pret A Vivre, sell­ing made-to-mea­sure drapes, sees a fresh de­mand for vel­vet in her Lon­don show­rooms (pre­ta­ “It should be sim­ply styled, lined and with a pleated head­ing. Greys look gor­geous, and dam­son is an au­tumn archetype.” Vel­vet also in­su­lates, can catch and re­flect light and dead­ens sound.

“Vel­vets are so sexy and ver­sa­tile,” says Claire Val­lis, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Style Li­brary, a new “um­brella” of six es­tab­lished fur­nish­ing brands in one big show­room in Chelsea Harbour, SW10 (styleli­ “We can do matt or shiny, and add in­tri­cate pat­terns and or tex­ture, with print­ing, cut­ting, em­broi­dery and em­boss­ing.” New vel­vets suit mod­ern life, be­ing wa­ter-re­pel­lent and su­per-tough. “Yet soft and strok­able in colours from blush to jewel.” Us­ing a tra­di­tional flat-bed press gives un­equalled depth of colour — as in a new Acan­thus pat­tern, on a huge scale, from Mor­ris & Co.

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