We can’t escape trends. Whether we like it or not, everything arises from inspiration that is outside us, in everything around us. We simply adapt that inspiration to our tastes and personalities. What is interesting about the big decorating trends of recent years is that they have made our interiors easy to transform. With the popular simplicity and minimalism movements drawing on Scandinavian style, we find ourselves with a beautiful canvas to work with. While we still love simplicity, it’s time to add some warmth and texture to our decor. The velvet trend has been permeating all spheres of fashion, especially in decoration, for almost 2 years. Its popularity continues to grow and will certainly reach new heights in 2020.
We have seen Pantone’s influence over the last three years. It has been choosing for its star colors rich and original shades, like ultra violet, living coral and classic blue, that have a story to tell, just like your home does. We love velvet for many reasons: its cozy—but at the same time chic and elegant—side and its classic and rather vintage but still a little daring look. We also like the fact that it can remain discreet or give character to a room, depending on its hue. Although you may want to put velvet everywhere and with everything, some rooms of the house lend themselves to its use better than others. With its soft, comforting side, velvet is added to rooms in which we desire a calm, comforting atmosphere. As a result, we prefer it in the living room, the bedroom, the office, or even the dining room. However, nothing is preventing you from incorporating it, more discreetly, in any other room.
A touch of comfort
Velvet fits perfectly in the living room in several ways. The best way to incorporate it without taking it too far is to opt for small pieces of furniture, such as a bench, an ottoman, or even a nice armchair. Quilt it for an older, Victorian look or choose sleek velvet if you prefer a touch of modernity. The advantage of choosing smaller pieces of furniture using velvet is that you can add accessories to make the decor even more harmonious and consistent. You can easily add a velvet cushion to a long bench or armchair of the same texture, or long curtains. If you want to dive into the deep end of the trend, you can also choose a velvet sofa as your main element. It’s perfect for a refined cocooning session! The popularity of these sofas is growing, and they give personality to any room.
To avoid overdoing it, choose just one color of velvet.
The monochrome aspect will create a chic look instantly!
We also like the comfort that a touch of velvet can bring to the bedroom. Once again, accessories and small pieces of furniture are the key to an effective look. Remember that the bedroom should inspire relaxation and calm. You don’t a decor that is too heavy and overloaded. A bench at the end of the bed, a small ottoman for the dressing table, or a footrest that matches an armchair are great ways to incorporate velvet in the bedroom. While remaining in the theme of relaxation, neutral and soft colors are preferable in this case. The texture of velvet combined with a color such as pale pink, beige or gray is the ideal combination for applying this trend.
A warm welcome
The kitchen and the dining room are very interesting rooms for exploring velvet. These generally neutral rooms allow you to let go a little and add a dash of boldness. A warm and soft material, velvet lends itself perfectly to the unifying atmosphere of these rooms. In the kitchen, a few benches for the island are enough to liven up the decor. It’s the perfect touch for effortlessly revamping and adding a touch of color to a room.
In the dining room, you have a variety of options including a velvet bench or chairs for the table with seats that are chic and smooth, quilted, covered in velvet, and mixing and matching with other fabrics! With the customizable options Canadel offers and your imagination, the options are endless. You can create a simple, ultra-refined look, or a more rustic style by increasing the patterns and textures. The dining room is an ideal room for this since we spend a little time there each day, but not enough to get tired of the decor, so you can be a bit more daring. It’s also a place where we gather, where we host people, so we want a welcoming and inviting atmosphere where we feel good.
The perfect match
Velvet is a rich, warm, versatile and adaptable material. Depending on the color, it transforms, pairing with different textures and patterns. For furniture, we often see it combined with gold, silver and black metal structures to create a more modern look and compensate for the sometimes arresting appearance of the texture. Velvet is also paired with wood, which gives it a more classic and balanced look. It also goes well with almost any material—cotton, suede, linen, wool, satin, straw, rattan, and more. You can even mix sleek velvet with corduroy or a patterned velvet with one in a solid color. Velvet can be used for a neat, contemporary, Scandinavian style, or for a bohemian or rustic feel.
Setting the right tone
The color of the velvet will determine the mood you want to give your decor. For example, for rooms where you want a more soothing atmosphere, choose shades of blue, beige and earthy colors like brown or khaki. These are reassuring, classic and timeless choices. To be on trend, opt for a pretty terracotta, a yellow, a green, a red, or a pale pink. The more vibrant colors energize the room in the blink of an eye, while the more pastel colors add contemporary freshness.
Handle with care
As mentioned, velvet is a delicate and refined material that deserves special treatment. To make sure that our favorite items actually stand the test of time, we need to take good care of them. At Canadel, we use quality, hard-wearing velvet. It is best to gently clean stains with a damp (not wet) cloth and a mild water-based soap. If your furniture requires a more intense wash, a dry cleaner is the best option. If you place heavy objects on the velvet, it could leave a mark, but don’t worry, it will regain its usual condition in a few hours. For regular upkeep, pass a soft brush over the fabric to remove all traces of dirt and dust.
We’re seeing velvet more and more in 2020. It’s here to stay. Owning an item in this luxurious material, whether it is a piece of clothing, an accessory or a piece of furniture, will always have a wow factor. As a result, there’s no risk in falling head over heels for the softness and charm of velvet.