Velvet has been the big story this year, and what’s not to like about this trend? Tactile and luxurious, plush velvets are available in a range of jewel-like colours so you can create a real show-stopper of a room.
Just going on display in our Contemporary showroom is a fabulous new sofa collection called Meghan. We have it made up in cool grey and mustard (this stylish colour combination is also very much on trend at the moment), but why not go bold with emerald greens and aubergine colours – talk about wow factor! Meghan is a British made collection, available as a standard back sofa or a pillow back sofa as illustrated below, and comes in a range of sizes including a comfy snuggler.
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The Venice collection is from the same stable as Meghan and this too is available in some stunning plush velvet fabrics, but you can also cool things down a bit by choosing one of their subtle pastel colours. As with Meghan, it is a good idea to break up the strong colours by choosing scatter cushions or armchairs in coordinating patterned fabrics.
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Another popular collection that is new this year is Jules. The plush velvets really complement the eye-catching retro design, and the designers have teamed up with Harlequin fabrics to offer the armchair and scatter cushions in their striking Floreale fabric.
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One of our best-selling sofas is the lovely Jasper collection. Jasper is another retro design which looks particularly good when upholstered with contrast buttoning. The manufacturers have this year introduced a velvet swatch book. The images we have don’t really do it justice – the deep velvet colours look stunning.
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If a large statement sofa is a bit too daunting, don’t be put off – there are various occasional chairs available in a wide range of fabrics including velvets. One of our favourites is the sweet Milverton chair which works well in the bedroom. Milverton has a modest shape, but looks great when upholstered in velvet, and there are lots of colours to choose from.
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Today’s upholstery velvets tend to be man-made and so are more hard wearing than previously, although the very nature of the fabric means you will get shadowing as the pile is flattened by wear, but this detailing only adds to the charm of it. These sturdier velvets have enabled designers to use them on dining chairs which in the past would have seemed a rather extravagant, not to say reckless choice! A recent addition to the shop floor is the Sherwood Dark Oak dining collection in moody tones of dark stained oak, complemented by low back upholstered dining chairs in Dark Blue, Harvest Pumpkin, Sea Green or Gun Metal plush velvet.
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The fabric houses have been quick to realize the popularity of velvet in today’s interiors; Sanderson’s Boho Velvets have been available for some time now, and come in a beautiful array of colours, from cool neutrals to vibrant cerise, blue and mustard colours.
There is a new collection just out from Harlequin called Momentum 9. Here you will find patterned and textured velvets that would make stunning accent pieces. The Harlequin Momentum 9 collection is an elegant mix of woven jacquard velvets, chenilles and textured stripes. We love Zola, Otaka and Maseki in particular which all come in different colourways. Momentum 9 blends well with previously launched Momentum ranges from Harlequin, adding to their versatility.
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If you would like to talk to someone about any of the collections mentioned, please contact us.