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Velvet Sofas....... More than just a trend

Velvet Sofas....... More than just a trend

You can't open an interiors magazine these days without seeing a velvet sofa or two..... Velvet just looks and feels luxurious and gives a touch of glamour to any room and is certainly a big interior trend at the moment. I had been after one for ages and finally Mr H relented and agreed a velvet sofa was a necessity in our home..... In reality of course what actually happened was that he told me he was sick of me nagging about it and even though, in his opinion, our old tatty wooden bench was perfectly adequate his ears needed a rest.....

With my hand dipped into our savings I thought it would be easy to choose one..... Not so..... I don't think I've seen one yet I don't like!  So how did I choose? Well, first off I had to think of the design- I wanted a more contemporary style sofa and I had to take into account that it would be sitting in the open plan area off the kitchen which is not especially wide so I couldn't have a deep sofa..... I love having large prints on the wall behind it, so it couldn't be too high...... And of course there was the budget- that excluded quite a few I'd had my eye on! So, taking these three factors into account narrowed down the search quite significantly..... But now I had the design I had to choose the colour..... This was the hardest part and I'll be honest it took me about six weeks of looking at swatches and adding and deleting colours from shopping baskets until I finally decided on the Connor Sofa in Petrol Blue Cotton Velvet from Made.com

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Initially I had thought I would get a green velvet sofa as I knew it would fit perfectly into my home- I have a lot of plants and natural textures and it was the obvious choice...... But the thing is I'd had my eye on the gorgeous wallpaper from @wearefeathr for the opposite wall and when I got the wallpaper sample through I thought of being a bit braver and picking out the blue in the wallpaper pattern for the sofa. As this area is open plan you can see it from the sitting room which has Hague Blue walls and right through into the kitchen so I felt a blue would work here..... I have to be honest though for the four weeks it took for the sofa to arrive I was panicking I'd made the wrong choice!

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Thankfully I love it..... It's a real focal point of my home now, as it sits under a large skylight the colour changes with the light and the velvet texture reflects the light beautifully.... It's a real statement piece and sits amongst all the natural textures in my home so well, trends may come and go but I know this is something that will be looking good in my home for many years to come. 

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Of course there is lots of velvet inspo on Instagram too, and some of my favourite accounts have beautiful velvet sofas in various colours and designs. Below are some of my favourites..... 

My favourite Instagram velvet sofas....

@suszi_saunders

 I love the dark blue velvet sofa against the black walls in the home of Suszi Saunders, it sits at the end of her kitchen and the beautiful blue is offset by the pops of colour that Suszi has so expertly styled around it. As Suszi is a vegan she had the sofa specially made without feathers by Graham and Green. 

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@lexden_home

Bukkys green velvet corner sofa sits in the seating area of her kitchen by the beautiful crittall  doors with a view to the greens of the garden beyond. The green velvet sits beautifully next to the exposed brick and the patterns and textures of the cushions add a relaxed vibe making this a space I'd just like to sink into for hours with a good book.....

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@gold_is_a_neutral

Jess loves her pink velvet snuggler sofa and so do I..... The pale pink velvet looks beautiful next to the dark blue walls and gold accessories- One of my favourite colour combos! It not only looks fabulous but is the perfect size for her to chill out on with a G&T at the end of the day.....

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@_finntage

One of my absolute favourite interior accounts on Instagram, so beautifully styled, Sandra's home is full of gorgeous greens- Walls, plants and this fabulous round dark green velvet snuggle chair. The colour combinations in this room are fabulous but despite the bold wall colours the texture of the embossed velvet still make it stand out as the centrepiece of the room. 

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@mad_about_the_house

The rich dark grey velvet sofa in Kate Watson-Smyths sitting room has a deep seat perfect for relaxing on, the dark grey looks fabulous against the rich colour of the chocolate walls, with pops of brighter colours on the cushions it's styled to perfection. 

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@hilaryandflo

Shelley is a lover of velvet sofas- She has a green one in the snug area off her kitchen and the newest addition is this wonderful yellow corner velvet sofa in her sitting room. How fabulous does that yellow velvet look next to the Hague Blue walls? A corner sofa is ideal for all the family to snuggle up on in the evening.... Add velvet to the mix and you've got the perfect family sofa right there.....

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..... All fabulous velvet sofas in real homes, now here are a selection of velvet sofas in various designs and at different price points, available in the same colours......

Oscar Three Seater Sofa - £1,725       www.GrahamandGreen.co.uk

 The Oscar Three Seater Sofa is a symbol of contemporary elegance. This straight-edged three seater sofa embraces simplicity while instilling sophistication and longevity.

The Oscar Three Seater Sofa is a symbol of contemporary elegance. This straight-edged three seater sofa embraces simplicity while instilling sophistication and longevity.

Bluebell Left-Hand Chaise in Deep Turquoise Cotton Matt Velvet - £2,760

www.sofa.com

 The Bluebell is an undisputed classic. Its turned legs give it a very elegant, understated feel. Supremely comfortable and a real pleasure to live with: whether in a classic or modern setting

The Bluebell is an undisputed classic. Its turned legs give it a very elegant, understated feel. Supremely comfortable and a real pleasure to live with: whether in a classic or modern setting

Tallulah 2 Seater Sofa in Mustard Yellow Velvet and Linen - £599

www.atkinandthyme.co.uk

 Combining Art Deco styling with a mid-century feel, our Tallulah 2 seater sofa in Mustard Yellow velvet and linen oozes comfort and charm. Big enough for two or even three, this luxurious seating option provides an alternative take on the traditional sofa suite. The scalloped back design in rich blue velvet has an elegant fanned look, with sturdy wooden arms and contoured legs.

Combining Art Deco styling with a mid-century feel, our Tallulah 2 seater sofa in Mustard Yellow velvet and linen oozes comfort and charm. Big enough for two or even three, this luxurious seating option provides an alternative take on the traditional sofa suite. The scalloped back design in rich blue velvet has an elegant fanned look, with sturdy wooden arms and contoured legs.

LAMPERT SOFA (Verona Emerald) £3,695  

www.jonathanalder.com

 Our Lampert Sofa hits all the right notes—the high tuxedo back gives it an elegant yet formal presence, while the bolsters make it super comfy

Our Lampert Sofa hits all the right notes—the high tuxedo back gives it an elegant yet formal presence, while the bolsters make it super comfy

Epsom Corner Sofa (Blush pink Velvet) £3,350

www.roseandgrey.co.uk

 Featuring subtle detailing, a clean and simple silhouette and sleek legs, this beautifully crafted chaise is the perfect seat for elegant lounging.

Featuring subtle detailing, a clean and simple silhouette and sleek legs, this beautifully crafted chaise is the perfect seat for elegant lounging.

Large Crumpet Sofa in Midnight Plush Velvet - £1,995

www.loaf.com

 The sort of sofa worthy of taking out for a cream tea on a rainy afternoon. We've made it extra deep so it's perfect for schnuggling up on.

The sort of sofa worthy of taking out for a cream tea on a rainy afternoon. We've made it extra deep so it's perfect for schnuggling up on.

Bout Love Seat (Seafoam Blue) - £229 

www.made.com

 One of our most popular designs, Bouji is also available as an ultra-chic love seat. With enough room for two, it’s a cosy option, or perfect for curling up with a good book.

One of our most popular designs, Bouji is also available as an ultra-chic love seat. With enough room for two, it’s a cosy option, or perfect for curling up with a good book.

Upholstered dining bench (120cm) in Trees Two Blue velvet - £795

www.angelandboho.com

 Our exclusive range of made-to-order upholstery, includes our fabulous banquette seat in Trees Two Blue sumptuous printed cotton velvet.

Our exclusive range of made-to-order upholstery, includes our fabulous banquette seat in Trees Two Blue sumptuous printed cotton velvet.

The dining bench above is my absolute favourite and is on my sitting room revamp wish list....

So there you have it some serious velvet sofa inspiration, are you planning on getting a velvet sofa for your home? If so I hope I've given you some ideas to help you make a decision on which one to get..... Just make sure you give yourself a good few weeks to make a final decision.... It's not easy you know!

Sharon x

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