As discussed in this weeks podcast, episode one of The Great Indoors, velvet furniture is all the rage and in terms of trends. Velvet sofas were every where during London design week, so there is no sign of our appetite for the soft stuff going any where soon. I have to admit, I fawn at the look of a velvet sofa, even before I’ve got up close and been seduced by their silken feel. I’m completely seduced by the tactile cosy feel and luxurious look that make you just have to have one. Any colour looks a hundred times more ravishing when in velvet. Neutrals and greys have so much more interest and depth, dark colours pulsate with a sophisticated glimmer and yet they really come into their own when you use velvet in a bright or jewel like shade. They become positively electric! However my velvet sofa, which I’ve had for four years is a 100% cotton velvet sofa from Sofa.com and while it feels like silk knickers to the touch it is very uncompromising when it comes to spills, and marks easily. Which means it’s hidden under a throw most of the time, a crying shame and completely contradicts the point in owning one! So it begs the question…should you buy into the trend for velvet sofa’s?
So here are some things to think about when toying up if a velvet sofa is for you:
In short you need to be realistic about what you are using the sofa for. For family homes with pets then I think the synthetic velvets are the only way to go. If you’re a neat freak or have plenty of fluffy friends, then you may end up getting annoyed by the way velvet attracts dust and pet hair, so perhaps velvet might not be for you. However this hasn’t been the case in my own (often dusty) home and my short haired bull terrier fur hasn’t attracted itself to the velvet sofa.
So should you buy a velvet sofa? I’d say absolutley, but go for a polyester based velvet if you are worried about durability in terms of removing spills and stains easily. Here are some styles that I loved direct to buy online now, in some of the most fashionable on-trend colours.
1. Poirot large sofa in monarch orange cotton velvet, £1,790, Arlo & Jacob | 2. Onassis in petrol blue velvet, £1,550, Andrew Martin | 3. Wallis 3 Seat in Varese emerald cotton velvet, £2,249, Heal’s | 4. Turin 3 seat in rouge cotton velvet £1,199, Swoon | 5. Sloan 2 seat in vintage gold, £849, made.com | 6. Lexington 4 seat in Pacific dusky velvet, £1838, Sofa Workshop | 7. Millie buttoned sofa in orange velvet, £1,985, Sweetpea & Willow | 8. Windsor 3 seat sofa in yellow velvet, £1399, DFS | 9. Clemence 4 seat in emerald green velvet, £2,400, Habitat | 10. Ikea Grevie 3 seat in blue velvet £825, Ikea
Holding image at top of post: Belgrave Medium 2 seat Harriet Mustard Aquaclean (cleans stains with just water) Velvet, £1,699, John Lewis.
CREDITS: Written and compiled by Sophie Robinson and Luisa Ferdenzi-Rouse.