It’s no secret that I love velvet furniture. I have not one but two velvet sofas in my own home – my olive green velvet chesterfield sofa as well as a bold yellow velvet love seat. If I had room for more, I’d certainly consider another one. One of the reasons I’ve always loved velvet is that it feels and looks luxurious.
There’s something about the soft neat pile and the way it ages so beautifully – the pile slowly presses leaving a soft sheen behind as a ghost of where others have been – takes me back to a more glamorous age. Something about it makes me want to don a long sparkly dress with a thigh-high split, to toss back my hair, long stemmed cocktail in one hand, long stemmed cigarette, à la Holly Golightly, in the other. (Not that I’m advocating smoking, this is fantasy, of course.)
Fantasy aside, I also find that with two cats, it’s practical. I’ve spoken of this before on the blog, having had 3 different cats over the years and never have they scratched any of my velvet. Velvet is not a looped fabric so they can’t get their claws into it to shed the outer layers (this is what they are doing when they are destroying your nice woven fabric sofa). So they simply don’t bother. With a dog, it’s not quite as practical, I’ll admit. But any spot cleaning so far has been very successful and my sofa continues to look perfectly smart, even though it’s now over 6 years old.
The best thing is, velvet is a huge trend for 2017. It’s gloriously tactile, adds a touch of glamour to your home and it’s available in nearly every colour under the sun. When luxury British sofa designers, Darlings of Chelsea, got in touch with me about sharing their glorious new sofa range with you, I knew you’d love them as much as I do. They are stunning, not just in the fabrics they’ve chosen but also in the shapes and styles they come in.
The Design Icon in Velvet
Let’s start with the classic. This is the style I have in my own home and it will simply never date. If you want to bring in a bit of eclecticism into your home this year, then sticking to a classic in your larger pieces means you don’t have to change them as trends come and go. The Stirling midi sofa in teal green velvet features deep buttoning, studding detail to the arms and sumptuous curves, creating an elegant sofa with feather-filled cushions that benefits from a truly luxurious velvet finish.
If it is classic style you are looking for, then the Paisley midi sofa has all of the features you need, with button back detailing, a gently curving back and wood turned legs. Of course, I’m all over that beautiful blush pink velvet, incredibly soft to the touch and it comes with sumptuous feather-filled seat cushions – perfect for when you want to sit back and relax.
Small Spaces, Big Velvet Style
If you have a smaller living room or you are considering a sofa for a bedroom or snug but still want luxe finishes and a high-end look, consider the Charnwood loveseat in vibrant blue which is perfect for smaller spaces. Snug enough for two or luxuriously spacious for one, this cosy and comfy beauty features timeless detailing, from its gorgeous button back to its wooden legs. With two generous feather-filled scatter cushions, it’s the ideal spot to sit back, sink in and enjoy, cocktail or cuppa optional.
Luxury Living in Velvet
Looking to make a statement? Of course you are. Check out the gorgeous Galloway chaise sofa in Varese denim. Soft to the touch, with feather-filled cushions, this sofa style is perfect for those who want up to date style without having to sacrifice comfort. I want to just sink my whole body into that midnight blue velvet as well.
Go Bold with Velvet Cushions
Okay, so I’m cheating with this one because it’s not velvet, it’s linen which is just as glorious so you’ll have to forgive me for coming off topic. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT. If you love pattern and texture as much as I do, let me introduce you to the wow-factor in your living room. This is the Trafalgar 2.5 seater sofa from Duresta in a striking navy and white pattern in Verona linen and sumptuous navy (velvet so it still counts) scatter cushions. This classic sofa was inspired by original pieces from the National Trust collection and is the epitome of traditional British design, with an elegant shape, drop arms and hand-carved legs on casters so the perfect mix of classic and contemporary design.
Make Me Blush in Velvet
Have I saved the best until last? Possibly. Imagine this beauty wrapping around your living room. The Arden corner sofa is inspired by the timeless style of the 19th Century and is finished in Varese for that sought-after, soft to the touch feel in the most stunning blush pink velvet. It has deep aubergine piping and buttons so just a subtle splash of colour to complement its delicate curved arms, straight back and elegantly carved legs.
I genuinely can not pick a favourite from all of these. I reckon I need a bigger house so I can have them all. Would you consider a velvet sofa for your own home? Any favourites of the ones I’ve shared today? Let me know in the comments.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Darlings of Chelsea but as always, all words and opinions are my own. I only work with companies I really like and think you’ll like too! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Swoon Worthy.