The epitomised velvet sofa is the most classic example of where to use the fabric in question en masse. A much-adopted sitting room approach since Edwardian times (upper echelons only, of course, due to velvet’s hefty price tag), the trend for velvet sofas boomed once more in the 1970s, and then again in the past decade. Coveted as it is, the velvet sofa isn’t for everybody. It may be unequivocally chic, but bear in mind that it isn’t the most practical of choices. If yours is a home where little people and pets run amok, then your velvet sofa will struggle to hide its war wounds. That is, unless you opt for a predominately polyester-based velvet of course (and lose out on all of the richness of character you get from the cotton or silk variety). The golden rule? Welcome a velvet sofa into your home with open arms if it’s going to be treated with the respect it deserves.
But sofas are not, by far, the only upholstery option. Armchairs cry out for the velvet touch, especially those that are occasional use pieces, because they won’t get as much life thrown their way and become more of an object of admiration. Consider a pair either side of a window on a landing area – such a daily beauty to behold as you wander through your home – or one in a bedroom as your much-cherished perch to which you escape for a bit of peace and quiet. You could tie it in with a velvet headboard to achieve a seamless link and look forward to resting your head against its plush pile night after night, morning after morning. A velvet armchair is also a good idea if you feel a sofa doesn't quite suit the rhythm of your home, but you’re set on having velvet as a sitting room feature. Call it a compromise, and a very happy one at that.
A velvet footstool is also a worthy option – especially if you go for a button-tufted design like Rupert or Arthur where the pocketed effect makes the velvet appear even more luxurious. And so too are velvet dining chairs should you want a gloriously comfortable sit and to elevate your dining room, moving it further up the sophistication scale.