One of the biggest trends to be seen in home decor this Autumn is velvet. As home lovers, we are all loving the return of this luxurious material and it’s clear why. Versatile and stylish, velvet can create an air of sophistication and decadence, or can add a warming, homely feel to any room in your home.
And whether it’s adding more to your collection or introducing it to your home for the first time, we are here to help you fully embrace this fabulous Autumn trend.
Styling velvet with your current decor
Mixing up your decor doesn’t have to mean completely revamping your style. The same goes for adding in velvet. You’d be surprised how easily velvet could fit in with your existing decor.
If you’re unsure of whether it will work, try gradually introducing velvet items into your home a little bit at a time. Start with cushions on the sofa or a small ottoman in your bedroom, to add a touch of velvet and extra storage like @glitter_gee.
Its soft feel and plush texture make velvet ideal for adding to rooms where you have hard and natural materials such as marble, wood or ceramics. Particularly where you have wooden flooring or leather furniture, velvet can bring a more warming and cosy feel to add contrast and depth to your room.
@simonenorm (left) and @tosiaupcyclinghomelondon have both done a great job of adding softness to the natural wood surfaces
High gloss furniture
Although velvet itself has a luscious sheen finish, it works really well with high gloss pieces. Velvet is much more muted and offers a great contrast when paired with glossy, highly reflective furniture such as glass topped tables.
@carmie121 has really made our Ferne velvet chairs a feature in their high gloss kitchen
Velvet on velvet, right or wrong?
There is no right or wrong when it comes to home decor. Your home should reflect you, your personality and your style.
You may love the lavish, opulent feel that comes with velvet and you may opt for large velvet pieces such as bedsteads and sofas and then top them with velvet cushions and accessories. However, be careful. Lots and lots of any one texture can take depth and variety out of a room. Mixing textures will bring more life to your home.
For example, mix velvet with super smooth or hard materials, furs or other contrasting textures to really make your velvet pieces pop.
@ahouseahome_interiors (left) and @lindy_at_home (right) have perfectly combined a mix of textures through tassels, faux fur and sheepskin to get contrast and depth.
The key to getting that perfect balance of elegance and high end feel with a homely, comforting finish is with statement pieces. Too much velvet can over power your room and be too “samey”.
Some of our favourites
Classic and timeless:
The perfect accent pieces:
Make a statement:
Be bold and different:
Art Deco touch:
Shop the look and find what works for you: