Earlier this week I attended a design talk held by the ever-so funny and entertaining Dana Tomic Hughes from Yellowtrace. Her presentation focused on her recent travel to Italy for the highly regarded international furniture fair held annually in Milan. It was a fabulous, information rich talk about the designers and products exhibited at the fair this year. I left feeling pretty excited about what's in store for interiors this year and perhaps trying to find a way to get myself to Milan the next year!
Anyway, Dana shared her personal perspective on the event, including favourites pieces and designers and what emerging trends arose from the fair. And velvet upholstery was killing it. I mean it seemed like SO many designers were embracing this textural fabric in rich-coloured hues. And it's true - how many images have you seen on Pinterest or design magazines that are sporting the velvet look?
I must admit, I am a fan. I really love texture and the depth and contrast it can bring to a room. Velvet is one of those fabrics that gives so much. It can really make a statement and I'm especially in love with a deep blue or maroon coloured velvet.
But it does have its limitations, especially for those of us who live in constant warm climates or as we transition between seasons. So how can you use velvet in the home with longevity? Perhaps consider an occasional armchair or stool which is not used as regularly as your sofa. It will still form part of your seating arrangement but you won't find yourself sitting on it daily. For a smaller impact, a great option is to have some cushions made in velvet fabric or buy some bedlinen for the winter months. This way, you can always mix things up when it comes to the warmer months.
What are your thoughts on velvet? Do you love it? Would you use it in your home?