Spotlight on: Velvet

Luxuriously soft and endlessly versatile, velvet has a timeless quality that has never gone out of style. Ideal for use across upholstery and occasional furniture, velvet adds an unrivalled opulence to a scheme. It's a material that has often been associated with royalty and the aristocracy due to the intricate nature of the weaving and its fine quality finish. Thanks to modern technology we're now able to enjoy this stunning fabric in our homes.

Velvet can be used in a variety of ways. Rich, dark tones are perfect for adding warmth to a room, while bright floral velvets can be used to make a statement. It works particularly well for drapes, decorative chairs and pillows thanks to its thick quality.

Here are just some of our favorite ways to style this gorgeous fabric.

Accent a space with plain velvet

Plain velvets are a great way of adding a subtle touch of glamor. You could choose rich pops of color that coordinate with the rest of the scheme so that everything ties together harmoniously. 

Its durability and quality means it’s extremely well suited to the wear and tear of everyday life. Add a pop of color such as this sofa in Mulberry Velvet fabric by Mulberry Home, or choose something more subtle to pair with other patterns like Wardle Velvet by Morris & Co.

Go bold, with dark and luxurious velvets

Velvet in a rich, dark color palette is perfect to make a statement and add instant impact to a scheme. This can often seem daunting, but when paired with simpler furnishings and bare walls, it can have a really transformative effect.

California Velvet by GP & J Baker and Sunflower Caffoy Velvet by Morris & Co are both superb choices, combining an earthy color palette with statement florals for a bold look.

Rich florals

When we think of florals we often think of pretty, delicate shapes combined with a feminine pink color palette. However, our collection of floral velvets are not for the faint-hearted. These vibrant patterns and bold colorways work really well in more eclectic, maximalist schemes.

Look no further than the classic Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief design, dating back to 1883 and retaining the same enchanting detail of the original which was said to be inspired by the thrushes William Morris found stealing fruit from his kitchen garden. The velvet adds a touch of luxury and works well either paired with plain fabrics and walls or with clashing patterns in a similar color palette.

Another great collection of velvet designs comes from Sophie Robinson x Harlequin, with the Wonderland Floral Velvet a firm favorite for maximalist interiors.

Modern geometrics

An extremely versatile and popular choice, geometric prints can be used in retro, mid-century schemes or in modern spaces depending on the color and style. Combining geometrics with velvet adds an element of indulgence to the pattern, making it the perfect choice for upholstery and soft furnishings.

This stunning gold chevron-like fabric by Harlequin acts as the perfect accompaniment to a more neutral scheme, bringing in a pop of metallic gold.

Shop the look: Velvet

Here are some more of our top picks from some of the World's finest interior brands
Quartz Velvets Fabric by Zoffany Evergreen
Quartz Velvets
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Oriental Garden Fabric by GP & J Baker Mole
Oriental Garden
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Paint Box Fabric by Mulberry Home Teal / Spice
Paint Box
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