Published at Saturday, August 03rd 2019. by samuel afrid in Velvet Chairs.
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 nothing like freezing winter weather to drive me into one of my favorite cozy reading chairs tucked into the perfect reading nook for hours at a time, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket with a steaming mug of tea next to me. But the most essential piece of that equation the reading chair can sometimes be the most difficult to get right if you are shopping for a new one.
It was common for early Egyptian chairs to have legs shaped like those of animals. The seats were corded or dished (hollowed) in wood and topped with a pad or cushion. The ancient Greek klismos was once considered one of the most elegant chair designs. The seat, of plaited cord, was supported on sharply curved sabre-shaped legs, tapering to the feet. The horizontal back rail, curved to fit the body, was supported on three uprights. The scissors chair, or X-chair, which had a seat supported on an X shaped frame, dates back at least to Roman times. It was especially popular in the 14th and 15th centuries in western Europe and reached great heights of elegance in Italy during the Renaissance. Renaissance chairs were of two principal varieties: those light enough to be moved easily and those heavy thronelike seats used by the head of a household or other important people.
During the Industrial Revolution, velvet production improved and became more widely available, catalysing a spurt in the fabric amongst the glamorous and the fashion conscious. From the 1900s, velvet was a staple in both the fashion and interiors worlds. Evening gowns and suits were commonly cut from the fabric while Edwardian furniture such as chaise longues and dining chairs were typically upholstered in patterned Devore styles. The art of Devore became synonymous with the 1920s and Art Deco, something which has stood the test of time and can still be seen in homeware to this day.
When choosing velvet curtains, know this will be a strong element in the room because of the thickness of the fabric. and that the liner of the window treatment will hang dramatically. I like to use velvety window treatments because they help to soften sound. The drawback is they need to be de linted and require dust removal treatment from time to time. Also, it is important to use a liner with proper thickness not only for aesthetics, but also to help protect the fabric from fading from the sun.
American furniture makers sometimes adapted simplified versions of English styles from the late 17th century. Windsor chairs were particularly popular in the late 18th century and were developed to a greater degree than in England. The Neoclassical movement in the 1760s led a return to straight but more delicate lines, with England and France setting the fashion for Europe. Straight tapering and reeded legs and square, oval, or shield shaped backs were the mode. The most elegant English chairs of the Regency period and French chairs of the Empire period adapted the sabre leg of the Greek klismos. French chairs after the Revolution of 1789 were much simpler and more austere. England and France continued to dominate chair fashions throughout most of the 19th century, but styles were largely adaptations of those of previous eras.
In England the Restoration brought a similar trend toward more luxurious living, but the exuberant styles imported by large numbers of immigrant Continental craftsmen had to be modified for English tastes. A finely carved front stretcher became fashionable but was abandoned at the end of the 17th century with the introduction of the cabriole leg. The gently curved back and cabriole legs of chairs first used in the Queen Anne period in England remained popular for half a century. Rococo design showed itself in the ribbonback, or ribband back, chairs (chairs whose splats are curved in an intricate pattern of ribbons and bows) and French chairs illustrated in Thomas Chippendale Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director, which also recorded the popularity of Gothic and chinoiserie (Chinese style) designs.
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