Soft, luxurious, and very smooth. That is what velvet fabric means to most people. No wonder it’s been used in fashion and interior décor for ages. It was originally made from silk. Nowadays, velvet can also be made from cotton, linen, wool, and synthetic fibres.
Several layers of fabric have to be woven together to create velvet. The layers are then separated, to give the material its distinctive texture.
You can choose between many different types of velvet. Some of the popular types are:
- Crushed velvet, with an extra shine and unique pattern.
- Embossed velvet, which contains motifs and designs.
- Pile-on-pile velvet, which is woven with fabric of different lengths.
- Cisele, with patterns of cut and uncut fibre.
- Velveteen, a type of imitation velvet usually made of cotton, which has a closely-set texture.
The price of velvet depends on the type and material. Modern-day synthetic velvet is very affordable, while full-silk velvet is the more expensive option.
Whatever type you choose, velvet has the ability to elevate interiors. It makes them look both elegant and comfortable.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Velvet
Because velvet is a unique fabric, it comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s examine the strong points first.
A clear benefit is the way it looks and feels. It’s supple and soft and gives interiors a deluxe appearance. It comes in many types and colours and can blend with any décor. For many homeowners, there’s nothing like velvet to add glamorous accents to interiors.
On the other hand, the fabric can show signs of wear and tear more quickly than others. Because of its weave, it attracts dust and is also more difficult to clean. Once velvet is damaged in any way, it cannot be restored to the original texture.
Despite the disadvantages, velvet remains a classic way to add a dash of style to interiors. All it needs is a bit of care and attention.
Where to Use Velvet at Home
Velvet can add drama and flair with rich and deep hues. It’s known for its luminous sheen that indicates opulence and elegance. Ideally, you should use velvet with discretion. The idea is to add style and luxury without looking overdone or tacky.
Here are some furniture and accessories in your home where you can use velvet to create class.
Pillows and Cushions
There’s nothing like resting on a velvet-covered cushion or pillow. On the sofa, velvet cushions can provide a welcome contrast or complement the rest of the upholstery. On the bed, a velvet pillow or two can make any bedroom immediately more luxurious.
Curtains and Drapes
Velvet curtains make rooms look refined and elegant. Their thickness and weave also provide insulation in cold weather and can filter out external sounds. They are just right for those who want to introduce elements of classic style into their interiors.
Velvet sofas add depth to living rooms with their luxe appearance. They are stylish and comfortable. The sheer variety of velvet fabrics available means that a velvet sofa can effortlessly complement or contrast the rest of the décor. The right type of velvet upholstery on a sofa can also make it durable and practical.
Many people cover their reading chairs in velvet so that they can be sure of comfort for hours. They can also make stand-alone design statements, especially large armchairs. That’s not all. Velvet upholstered mid-century dining room chairs are the perfect choice for those who want a retro feel.
Any bed becomes more distinctive with a headboard. When the headboard is covered with velvet, it becomes even more special. It can transform a bedroom, and make lying down much more comfortable. Velvet headboards can be traditional or modern, plain or textured. Many people prefer velvet tufted headboards to provide that added touch of class.
Poufs and Stools
You can make any sitting area more comfortable and sophisticated with low stools and chairs that are upholstered in velvet. These can blend in with the rest of the room, or create a dramatic counterpoint. It’s also a great way to add refinement to a no-furniture look.
For many, no other fabric but velvet will do for an ottoman. It’s where style and elegance meet comfort and practicality. You can place them in corners or even in entryways. Pair with matching cushions to uplift any space with quiet dignity. Velvet ottomans can also serve as a focal point for any room.
How to Maintain Velvet
Velvet can be surprisingly durable and long-lasting. Follow these simple tips to get the most from velvet-upholstered furniture and curtains.
- Choose the type of velvet carefully, depending on where it is to be used. You can find many attractive varieties created from a mix of synthetic and natural fabrics.
- Regular use of a vacuum cleaner along with a soft brush will remove dust and keep velvet looking like it should.
- In case of accidental spills, quickly mop up the liquid with a clean, absorbent cloth. If you need to use a cleaning product, test it on a small area first.
- Like leather, velvet acquires a patina and creases over time. These add character and age and should be seen as a part of its appeal.
Are you thinking of introducing velvet into your home? A good first step would be to have a consultation with the design experts at HomeLane. We have plenty of ideas on how velvet, or any other fabric, can enhance interiors. Get in touch today for a free design session.