Authentic Furniture (authenticfurniture.co.uk) design and make bespoke furniture, all hand-crafted to order in its Derbyshire workshop by master craftsmen. Authentic’s classic designs celebrate the heritage of great British upholstery, with each unique design available in a wide range of sizes to suit all spaces, whether it’s a cosy farmhouse or modern apartment in a stylish urban location.
Offering a wide range of fabrics, Juliette Wright at Authentic Furniture discusses the continuing rise in the popularity velvet and gives her top tips on how to bring it into your home – from tasteful touches to bold statements.
Velvet has been strutting its way down catwalks for a number of years now, with big fashion-forward celebs such as Kendall Jenner and Victoria Beckham leading the way to reviving this decadent fabric.
As velvet continues to shimmy its way into both our wardrobes and now our homes, it looks set to be one of the biggest interior trends for 2019. We have seen a 35 per cent rise in customers choosing to have their Authentic Furniture pieces upholstered in velvet and top interior designers continue to shout about their love of the luxurious fabric, like Kelly Hoppen who has recently launched a range of velvet soft furnishings.
So, how can you introduce this trendy, slightly intimidating, material into your home in a way that compliments you and your style for many years to come?
What’s your type?
From the look, feel and durability, this versatile fabric comes in many forms. Here a just a few available at Authentic for you to consider when deciding which is best for your home.
The Bold and The Beautiful
When it comes to fabric, velvet is considered to be a bold choice. Its shimmering texture and sumptuous feel are anything but subtle. You can tone down or highlight its extrovert qualities with your choice of colour and pattern.
Let the texture and feel of your velvet do all the talking with a simple colour. The Tresillo range of velvets by Harlequin comes in beautiful neutrals and pastels as well as bright and bold colours; the perfect collection to browse if you’re on the fence.
If you’re feeling brave, go for broke with a bold pattern. An Authentic favourite, Linwood’s lively Tango range is a bold celebration of colour, featuring large scale tropical prints with floral accents alongside strongly geometric weaves.
Velvet in the home
If you’re sold on velvet, you might not mind making a larger investment in your new-found love. Velvet on vintage-inspired sofa designs with classic features such as button backs and sweeping arms are a match made in interior-design heaven. Or perfectly mismatch your favourite sofa with a statement armchair
If you’re not ready to take the plunge and would rather dip your toe in its shimmering surface, go for accessories such as squishy cushions, rich curtains and even lighting, such as Oliver Bonas’ Ero Lighting Collection.
For ultimate squishiness, pile your cushions high. For a softer effect, mix your velvet cushions with a variety of fabrics.
Is there a place for velvet in your home?
Designers across all styles, those that celebrate opulence or minimalism, bright colours or neutrals have all celebrated this age-old classic fabric, proving that there is a place for it in everyone’s home.
So, whether you’re ready to go all-in with a sofa or statement chair, or if a scatter cushion or two is your limit, embrace velvet this season and beyond – because it is here to stay.
Pieces are available to order from Authentic Furniture authenticfurniture.co.uk or from one if its showrooms in Peak Shopping Village in Rowlsey, Derbyshire and The Mailbox in Birmingham.