Lush, plush & everywhere
Velvet’s back for autumn in gorgeous greys, rich jewel shades and pastels. By
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 (heals.com). “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 (pretavivre.com). “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 (stylelibrary.com). “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.