Adding velvet to your home décor can single handed take the look from drab to fab and add that touch of luxury in you abode.
Velvet is back in trend and is taking over the home space from sofas, pouffes and chairs in the living room to bedroom headboards, pillows, blankets and throws to even velvet lamp shades.
Do it Right
Although velvet is beautiful in any shade, picking the right one according to the theme and the backdrop is essential to set the tone right.” Velvet in rich pastels and dark monotones are best for a luxurious yet elegant feel while a pop of bright colour is the way to go for a quirky vibe. When decorating with a rich fabric like velvet, it is extremely important to create a right balance keeping in mind the size of the decorative or furniture. Smaller and more minimalistic pieces of velvet work better in a room setting while little larger items make a statement piece,” says Shailander Kumar, CEO and Founder, Fanusta. The idea is not to go overboard as rich fabrics are best when kept to the minimal to add a touch of glam. And if you want a vintage touch go for velvet. “It can be a part of your living room in a form of velvet arm chair, curtains, pouf chair and can be comfy for your bedroom in the form of pillows, comforter etc. Velvet is a timeless way to add a luscious, soft look and feel to your home,” avers Husain Johar – Founder, Makemyhouse.com. Sapana Jain, Principal Designer, I Heart Homez adds, “pick bright colors if you want a contemporary look, solid vintage colors if you want a colonial. Don’t use bad quality velvet it easily wears out. Check the quality of velvet by seeing the backing of the fabric, the more densely woven the back, the better the quality.”
Velvet can be used sparingly with the intent of adding that right amount of class and sophistication to homes. “Some of the effective ways to use velvet include a luxe, vibrant colored sofa in a neutral backdrop is sure to up the style quotient of your living room, a velvet ottoman or a wing chair and lamp shades in the bedroom and curtains, cushion covers, throws and rugs in various patterns and shades,” says Gita Ramanan, Co-Founder, Design Café. Velvet is also one of the most versatile fabrics and you can incorporate it in endless ways in your home. “A classic pink statement couch, throw pillows, bedding, for your ottoman or classic velvet chairs or rich velvet curtains, essentially everything can be customized. Elegant pink couches work beautifully in the living room and can be paired with dark wood floors which will look stunning to the eye. Pairing them with all white interiors with hints of metallic accessories will pull the look together,” says Parul Mittal, Director, Greenlam Industries Ltd.
Velvet is in vogue as it makes a chic statement with very little effort. Velvet has a naturally lavish and cozy feel, making it the perfect choice for your sofa since it offers both style and comfort in equal measures. “Opting for a noteworthy piece of velvet furniture will contribute to an appealing intrigue without the need to spend excessive money and time on extra décor as it looks expressly beautiful on jewel tones, which also happen to be on trend this season. In order to achieve a statement look, going bold with a beautiful coloured finish works the best. Coloured velvet be it a subtle pastel or a rich jewel tone also certainly adds a wow-factor to any space,” says Hemil Parikh, Founder, Elysium Abodes. Sarabjit Singh, founder and architectural designer, Villa Ortiga Design Studio adds, “since India has a hot climate, it is ideal to stay away from darker colours. Velvet on its own is a warm fabric. Velvet can ideally be used on accent chairs and ottomans as highlights and to add luxury to the area.”
The simplest way to maintain your velvet is to use the hand-held nozzle on a vacuum cleaner on any velvet pieces to get up dirt that might be caught inside the edges. “Velvet is often treated with stain repellents, so you should be able to gently dab the liquid up with a damp towel in case of any spills. For dried stains, dry clean it,” says Radeesh Shetty, The Purple Turtles. New age technological advancements have ensured that velvet has become a feasible fabric to use in home decor. “If there is an accidental spill, one can take an absorbent cloth and soak the excess liquid first. Do not dab or rub on the fabric as that will make the liquid seep in. The best is for it to air dry. If there is a stain, use a stain remover pen recommended for velvet upholsteries,” says Mugdha A Bhagchandka, Creative Lead at Hermosa Design Studio. With the festive season at your door step look no further give your home a velvety makeover.
- Colour plays an important factor while selecting your statement piece. “If you plan to go for bright colours such a navy, red, purple, best is to contrast it against neutral walls and curtains. If you are bold enough to use patterned velvet walls or curtains for a royal look, mix and match with wooden furniture and big velvet rugs,” says Adel Sajan, Director Danube Home.
- “A small use of velvet can give a real different look to the whole space making it even more lively, eye catching and comfortable as well,” says Vishal Architects, Principal architect, vishalarchitects.com.
- For an elegant look one can use velvet tufted headboard.
- Balance the use of velvet by using other materials – Velvet is one such fabric that can go along with all others as such linen. So, instead of making it too velvety one can make a combination of inflated and moderate.