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How to Use Velvet in Your Home's Interior

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Velvet Sofa and Drapes
Velvet has been used for centuries, originating in its most basic form in China, then becoming a favored material of the Renaissance period. Today's velvet is tightly woven, smooth to the touch, rich in vibrant color, and extremely durable.

A classic decorative material, velvet can be used in many ways to give your home's interior an authoritative, elegant appeal. Since the texture and allure of velvet is unlike more fragile silk or other sophisticated fabrics, the ways you can decorate with velvet are nearly endless. The following are ideas you can discuss with your interior designer as you incorporate velvet into your home.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a large comeback after years of being proclaimed dated or for certain generations only. Velvet wallpaper, in particular, is highly prized in residential homes, giving main rooms — such as living rooms, libraries, family areas, and dining spaces — a more elegant appeal.

Velvet wallpaper isn't solid velvet, but rather, a combination of patterned designs with a velvet touch. The effect is alluring because the velvet wallpaper has the feel of velvet but with a softer background layer. Ask your interior designer about this unique wallpapering style and how you can incorporate it into your home.

Note that, in general, velvet wallpaper is best for large living spaces or used on a smaller wall as an accent.

Furnishings

Update your living room by installing plush velvet couches — a fainting couch styled in velvet is a bonus — chairs, and recliners in rich tones. While solid-print velvet upholstery is more modern and streamlined, you can opt for a patterned velvet design in your upholstery to pay homage to classic trends.

To blend modern and classic velvet furniture trends, have your interior designer select a few furnishings in a solid gold, blue, or maroon velvet, and then choose a single piece of furniture that is velvet striped or floral patterned to add dimension and a pleasant twist in the design. Velvet throw pillows in varying shades and patterns also add texture and charm to your living space.

Velvet is ideal as an upholstery material due to its easy care. A damp, soapy cloth is all you need to remove residue, dust, and stains from this durable material. Use velvet as a comfortable chair covering for barroom and dining room chairs, in addition to living room furniture, for low-maintenance entertainment furniture.

Window Treatments

Velvet curtains are a classic way to incorporate this fabric in the home. For a Victorian appeal, use monotone velvet drapes that hang to the floor in your home's largest windows, and add a gold curtain scarf to the drapes to showcase the cascading material.

Modern trends in window treatments mean you can layer contrasting materials on top of one another to create a sophisticated, inviting window. When layering around velvet drapes, follow the same rules as you would if you were wearing velvet: complement the material with lighter, delicate fibers.

Lace or silk curtains layered underneath velvet curtains give your window treatments an airy feel without taking away from the grandiose effect velvet drapes give off. Choose velvet drapes in dark shades, such as black, hunter green, goldenrod, plum, or another rich hue. Lighter-weight materials for layering should be pastel versions of the velvet outer layer. Basic cream or eggshell white colors also work.

Velvet is a time-honored decorative material that is just as respected today as it was centuries ago. Your interior designer will show you how to use velvet in your home, especially with your existing decor and overall design. Trust our experts at Inspired Living Interior Design to transform your home's interior today.