Key Trend: Velvet Lighting, Upholstery and Curtains

Last year was all about velvet, velvet and more velvet – and it is a trend that’s set to endure well into 2018. Plush, sumptuous and elegant, velvet makes any interior feel thoroughly luxurious. Following on from trends for vintage and retro furniture, interior designers are using velvet more and more liberally. Velvet is being applied to absolutely everything and anything, including velvet lighting, sofas, footstools, curtains, cushions and wall coverings.

For instance, velvet-on-velvet in gorgeous deep jewel tones is a fabulous new look moving into late winter. Velvet’s short pile gives color a rich, vibrant appearance – therefore, it is an ideal material through which to add a splash of color. Here, be inspired by velvet upholstery, curtains, lighting and soft furnishings and find out how to interpret this trend for your home.

Luscious Drapery

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Velvet curtains are deliciously lavish. Bringing a sense of cinematic drama to any interior, large, heavy velvet curtains are an important element of the new velvet-on-velvet trend. Furthermore, a set of velvet curtains are as practical as they are beautiful, aiding with insulation during cold winter months. Therefore, another ingenious interpretation of the trend is investing in a pair to hang over the front door to keep out chilly winter draughts.


When selecting your curtains, keep in mind the theatrical nature of velvet. Opt for deep red, burnt orange, or, this season’s most sought after hue, a beautiful jewel blue. For instance, these stunning vintage velvet drapes in indigo from Restoration Hardware look spectacular framing high bay windows. Complemented with other dusky autumnal tones, velvet curtains look stunning paired with an antique Kilim and fine mid century teak furniture.

Plush Upholstery

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For an authentic interpretation of the trend for retro furniture, velvet upholstery is the ideal option. When applied to large, squashy rounded couches reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s, velvet looks luscious and inviting. For instance, this retro Wallis sofa by Arlo & Jacob looks delicious in their deep purple mulberry Italian velvet. Furthermore, the style is also available as an armchair.

With the theme of decadent comfort in mind, scatter a rounded retro sofa with velvet cushions for the full velvet-on-velvet look. Once again, the key colors for this season are rusty and autumnal. Choose rich orange, emerald green or dusty pink. For example, you can accessorize further with this beautiful buttoned soft pink pouffe from Made to add a feminine touch to a living space.

Chic Velvet Lighting

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Velvet lampshades create a sumptuous, soft glow. Therefore, velvet lighting is the perfect way to make a space feel warm, inviting and comfortable. Furthermore, when teamed with decadent velvet soft furnishings, velvet lighting is a quirky, unexpected angle on the velvet-on-velvet trend. Once again, choose dark, jewelled colors to emphasize the ambience of comfort and warmth.

The best way to illuminate a room with a soft glow is with table lamps. Seamlessly blending tradition and craftsmanship with contemporary style, Lladró make a number of gorgeous sculptural lamp bases. For instance, the monochrome Horse on Courbette lamps would look stunning topped with a rich black velvet lampshade. Lladró supplies the lamp with beautiful woven shade, however, you can get made-to-measure velvet lampshades by Porta Romana.

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