After centuries gathering dust in the back of your grandmother’s closet, velvet is moving in to the spotlight once more and redefining itself as the modern must-have—not just for your wardrobe, but for your home.
And it’s not hard to see why its popularity is on the rise: its luxurious textures and warm tones lend a cosy, casual elegance to any room. The best thing about velvet? It’s unexpected versatility. There are so many ways you can adopt it in your space, each touch speaking volumes about your personality.
Here’s how velvet’s versatility can work for you:
1. Mirror your personality
Velvet makes a bold design statement, but with so many shades of this lux fabric now available, you can tone it up or down to suit your personality. Are you a moody green? A mustard yellow? A candyfloss pink? You can then choose to concentrate it in one room that can really show off your style. Think elegant chair covers in a dining room; a sophisticated chaise longue in the library or a tactile headboard for your bed.
This elegant Divine Recline in burnt orange velvet from Ochre really sets off the corner of the room and complements the dark walls
2. Mix and match
Velvet works best when you mix and match it with other textures in your room. If you’re going for floor-to-ceiling velvet curtains, perhaps think of offsetting it with natural wooden floors, a linen-covered sofa or a brass coffee table.
One of the best ways to adopt the trend, while still complementing your existing furniture, is to cover one wall with the Velvet special effects paint from Dulux Ambiance—the tactile splash of luxury will mix things up a little while ensuring you don’t need to overhaul all your furnishings.
3. Add pops of colour
When it comes to modern velvet, you’re no longer restricted to deep moody purples or burgundies. The latest trend is for really vibrant touches of material to give your room the wow effect. For instance, think about investing in an upholstered ottoman in a show-stopping bright green; a high-backed lipstick-red reading chair in the corner of your living room; or a burnt orange throw to accompany your bedspread.
Cotton velvet curtains in a rich Flamenco, from de le Cuona’s Refined Rogue collection
4. Use a little or a lot
Using velvet is a unique fashion statement—and so you can be as brave or as shy as you like with it. Smooth walls of velvet in your hallway will catch visitors off guard, or you could engineer a velvet corner in a main room, pairing curtains with chairs, cushions and even a footstool.
If you want to keep it understated, a little bit does go a long way—small cushions, velvet tiebacks for your curtains, or even a velvet lampshade. If you have a bay window, a velvet banquette seat is a nice touch.
However versatile velvet can be, make sure you stick to one golden rule: add light. Wherever you decide to use the fabric, make sure you have a lot of natural light flooding in—this will keep everything looking bright and modern.
Give your room that velvet touch with Dulux Ambiance special effects paint in a Velvet finish. #MyFutureWall is a Dulux Ambiance wall.