A touch of velvet
Velvet was made for winter. Luxuriously soft and comfortable, it instantly makes a room feel smarter – not to mention warmer. We’ve upholstered many of our key pieces of seating in a cotton velvet blend (which is more hardwearing and less prone to marking than pure velvet, therefore infinitely more practical), for classic styles with a seasonal twist. Which colour would you choose?
Is there a greater statement piece than a red velvet chair? Not a shade for wallflowers, red velvet upholstery is perfect for delivering a punch of colour during the festive season. Combined with black lacquered furniture and metallic accessories, red velvet can look very smart indeed. For a sleek, contemporary living room, the red Lydford Wing Chair would sit well alongside a Whippet Grey sofa.
As the leaves begin to turn, autumn is the most obvious season to introduce orange into your home. A lot of people find this colour a little intimidating, but a russet-tinged orange – such as our Launceston Velvet Armchair – can be both striking and subdued depending on the other colours or finishes it’s paired with. Use as an occasional chair in a hallway or bedroom with Chinoiserie pieces for subtle luxury or add complementary blue cushions for a greater impact.
Velvet upholstered furniture needn’t be restricted to the colder months. Blue velvet works all year round; in the summer, combine with blue and white linen cushions and pale wooden pieces for a seaside feel, and when autumn arrives, swap for heavyweight cotton, jute or velvet cushions in darker hues.
This muted shade is perfect for a period home or a country scheme. Bridging the gap between neutral and colour, green velvet evokes an air of faded grandeur and can easily be made more or less formal using different cushions. Our Stafford Velvet Dining Chair in moss green is the perfect shade for dining rooms and dressing tables alike.
Truffle Brown velvet is probably the most practical and versatile choice out of all the velvet colour options. This brown shade will easily blend into many country schemes and, like grey green velvet, can be smartened up using accessories in gold or by adding velvet cushions and faux fur throws.