Published at Thursday, May 02nd 2019. by samuel afrid in Velvet Chairs.
In Tudor England the chair for the master of the house had a heavy boxlike frame and was placed on a dais in the great hall. Turned (shaped on a lathe) chairs, which had been used from early times, reached their most elaborate forms at this time, their frames consisting of turned posts and spindles. Many chairs in the 16th century depended on upholstery for decoration. Square in outline, this type had a back formed by a pair of uprights spanned by a strip of velvet or brocade trimmed with fringes or a strip of leather, sometimes tooled.
Got a velvet crush on the go? Try and moderate yourself. One or two statement pieces look much more striking than a living room where every soft furnishing is covered in the touchy feely stuff. If your room’s already busy, you might want to avoid a whole velvet three-piece with footstools and matching accessories it will dilute the impact of your existing furniture. A single velvet sofa, a pair of armchairs or a velvet ottoman will work better it will also create a natural focal point in your living room.
In the residence other rooms, such as the living room and the reading nook, we opted for layered, more brightly colored velvet pillows in navy, green, and mustard, to add a playful touch to these spaces where the materials were more casual. Pale gray or neutral toned velvet curtains are a great way to add a polished, elegant feeling to a formal dining room. Darker tones work better for a room, such as a den or media room, to create a look that is more refined and seductive while remaining casual.
From the 1970 onwards, velvet was a favourite amongst celebrity culture, making it highly coveted and easily accessible to popular culture. The glamazons of the 70 incorporated it into kimonos, floating dresses and bell bottoms in fashion and via mustard yellow and brown furniture to complete their far out homes. As pop icons progressed, so did velvet, and lovers of the 1980 and 90 instead opted for a visibly crushed look, not to be confused with velour. Yes, I have the photos to prove it.
Velvet should be your pop of color. Have fun with pinks, greens and blues to pop the room. If used in too small of a room, it can overpower the space. I like velvets in dining rooms and master bedrooms the most for drama and chic style. Right now, I am obsessed with using velvets on walls and in ceilings. It is a super rich look and can make any space feel full of luscious style and warmth.
There is always a place for a bright splash of velvet. I recommend using it for armchairs, decorative cushions in a living room or study, poufs in dressing or common areas, or headboards in bedrooms. In the living room you can select a durable cotton fabric with a pattern for the main fabric of the armchair and add a velvet decorative cushion that will pick up on the color. It is perfect for bedrooms as it softens the room, looks plush and is nice to touch. The key, however, is not to overdo it, as it works best when balanced. It works beautifully with almost any fabric, but satins and linens are an easy win. It also looks great next to harder finishes like timber, brass and stone.
It is a common misconception that velvet is high maintenance. In truth, the fabric isn’t all that delicate and can last for decades if properly cared for. Even in a family room that gets a lot of action, a velvet sectional is a functional option that will hold up beautifully to years of wear. You will notice that when you sit on a velvet piece, the pile often ruffles up, or becomes what experts call bruised. If you’re not a fan of these marks, do not fret. Over time, the pile will return back to its natural state, or you can gently steam it to smooth it out. Some heavier marks will become permanent, but think of them as a patina that will give the piece a greater sense of character. Velvet is just like leather It gets only better with age.
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