I heart Velvet, Velour or Velveteen in any of its forms.
Lets start the velvet ball rolling and get into velvet curtains. These not only work well in extremely stuffy, snobby rooms that Kings and Queens play cards in but also in loft apartment with concrete floors to add texture and warmth. I know the Kings and Queens I design for, would choose this silk velvet fabric option over any others, but the lowly peasant apartment dwellers who can only afford concrete for floors should be so lucky that the industrial revolution has now given them a polyester version which now makes their space look luxurious and rich.
Just teasing, I don't design for Kings and Queens.
The Fabric that was once only associated for its symbol of affluence is now available and usable for Interior Design the world over. I love the idea that you can add a rich soft touch feel fabric on a sofa that you sit, lay and relax on. I recently helped a client out with fabric selection and it was a large cord velvet that we could not stop cuddling once the sofa was delivered. It was just divine.
Velvet is also and amazing addition to furniture or features that are being buttoned or tufted.
The fibres stretch well but still look appealing once they have been pulled through. Not like a woven look fabric which can have open weaves that can break or stretch and not spring back.
Cushions and bedding go straight to the top of the list when I am hunting for winter decor additions. The feel is perfect to add an instant feel and atmosphere to a room when I am doing a mini update.
Have you ever heard of the Martindale Test. Its a way for fabric designers to check how hard wearing a fabric is for you to use on your every day items. Especially beneficial to be aware of when you are choosing your sofas or dining chairs. I love Velour's or Velvets as generally speaking they are high on the Marindale Test with certain brands reaching up to 80,000 rubs.
Just to let you know general domestic use only needs 20,000 rubs to be classed as an every day sofa fabric.
This fact alone should get your on board the velvet train.
I am on the hunt for velvet sofa covers for my new ikea chaises for my kids room.
Where would you use it?