It’s been around for centuries, and now it’s trending in the home.
By Gene Menez
Photo Courtesy Four Hands
Adam Dunn, creative director at Austin-based home furnishings manufacturer and wholesaler Four Hands, has been to the High Point Market furnishings industry trade show 24 times. But during his latest visit, in October 2018, he saw something he had never seen before.
“Velvet was everywhere,” he says.
Yes, velvet—a fabric that has been around for centuries and is more associated with Renaissance drapes and women’s apparel—is trending in the home. Four Hands, in fact, has recently launched three chairs with velvet options: Augustine (right), Olson and Tyler.
So what’s behind velvet’s rise?
“There’s been a lot of new technology,” Dunn says. “Velvet is much softer now, more plush, more affordable and easier to care for.” He adds that the new velvets also offer more color options.
FIVE LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS BEFORE INCORPORATING VELVET INTO A HOME’S DECOR:
1. “When we use velvet, we pay attention to the fabric content. A silk velvet can be a bit precious for everyday use. We often use a velvet that has a synthetic woven in, such as polyester.”
—Heather Blue Harkovich, Heather Scott Home & Design
2. “Performance velvet is incredibly durable and oh-so petable. If you have pets, it won’t snag. If you have kids, it won’t pill. And if you just have an occasional shaky hand with that wine glass, it won’t absorb quickly; performance velvet wipes clean easily.”
—Amy Hadley, Hey Now Interiors
3. “Velvet is a rich fabric that works well in contrast with other textures. It can absorb light so I love it paired with reflective metals, glass and sleek stones.”
—Erin Williamson, Erin Williamson Design
4. “To fully capture the luminescence of velvet, incorporate channel and tuft detailing within upholstery to create opportunities for light refraction. Neutral tones are pretty in velvet, but for that extra punch, jewel-tone velvets are a surefire way to impress.”
—Matt Tsang, M. Walter Design
5. “You can never go wrong with velvet, unless of course you have too much of it. Use sparingly and considerately.”
—Kris Swift, Future Design Now