With the festive season fast approaching, I’m seriously tempted to invest in a sumptuous, jewelled- velvet armchair to snuggle into this Christmas. After all, if love were a fabric, it would be definitely be velvet. Here’s how you can work this latest interior trend into your living room with my expert tips and shopping guides.
G-Plan’s Fifty Five armchair in Matt Velvet Copper £825 John Lewis
Velvet is the latest fabric trending on the autumn/winter catwalks and is making a comeback in interiors too. Forget the old-fashioned fringed pouf your nan once owned. Velvet sofas and armchairs for 2016 focuses on contemporary, up-to-date designs that work beautifully in modern interiors. Velvet in deep, rich shades can create a warm and relaxing living space. Think midnight blue, deep purple, teal, burnt orange or even olive green.
Iconic furniture designers – G-Plan – have just launched a lush selection of invitingly soft velvet sofas and armchairs in collaboration with celebrated British design team, Hemingway Design – experts in vintage projects.
Handcrafted in Melksham, Wiltshire, G-Plan ‘Vintage’ collection is full of furniture inspired by the mid-century originals discovered in their archives. My favs? Well top of my Christmas wish list are this Fifty Five armchair and Fifty Nine Corner sofa.
Get cosy with…Modern Rustic Styling
See that beautiful burnt orange armchair above? Imagine curling up in it with my favourite book and a hot chocolate by the fire this Christmas. Oh, and a huge box of Quality Streets. An accent chair in a bold shade in is the perfect pairing with a neutral or leather sofa. Be as bold as your dare with your armchair.
Wool throw £45 Urbanara // Orla Kiely candle £25 Amara // Feather cushion £16.99 HomeSense // Orange vase £59 HomeSense // Sixty Two armchair in Emerald Velvet, £1474, G-Plan
How to add a modern rustic look to your home this Christmas
- Look out for natural materials like wood mixed with soft-to-touch velvets
- Mix together dark and light earth tones to create texture in your room
- Add beautiful wool & cashmere throws and cushions in natural shades (try HomeSense for affordable ones)
- Dot around twinkly fairy lights and gorgeous scented candles.
- Dress your mantle with bushy branches of ferns for a seasonal touch
Alternatively…Try Glimmering Luxe
The Fifty-Nine corner sofa in Matt Velvet Indigo G-Plan
I’m a bit in love with this decadent [insert name] corner sofa, big enough for me and all my family for the festive season and beyond. What is not to love about this look? It’s a mix of Art Deco styling with rich blue velvet upholstery and then shimmering metallic accents.
Sixty Three Large sofa in Matt Cactus Velvet £1448 G-Plan // Pajamas £34 TopShop // Shakhra cushion cover £18 La Redoute // Lene Bjerre Serafina Deer Antique Silver £52 Houseology
How to add Glimmering Luxe to your Christmas Living room
- Mix your metallics – love love love gold and silver, with hints copper
- Pile on the texture with luxe rugs, velvet throws and tons of squishy cushions
- An over-sized standard lamp is key
- Treat your home to a silver Christmas tree
So…is Velvet a practical choice for a busy family home?
Well don’t be put off if you have a family (or pets). Modern velvets are surprisingly durable able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. Just lightly steam clean to revive the pile to make it look like new. And these sofas and chairs come with a 10-year guarantee to peace of mind.
If you’re looking for more velvet inspiration check out G-Plan – you can learn more about their history here. I’m smitten with their soft and luxurious sofas and armchairs come in 13 velvet tones from yellows to greys to blues. Here’s hoping Father Christmas is going to bring me one!
Which one of the looks do you love most? I’d love to know. Oh, and you have to check out my velvet sofa over here in this post.
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