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posted: 9/24/2017 6:00 AM

Velvet finds its way back to the forefront

Fashion first advanced this luxe fabric and now it's marching into the home

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  • This Kayla Velvet Ottoman is an indication that velvet is back in style for the fall.

    This Kayla Velvet Ottoman is an indication that velvet is back in style for the fall.
    Courtesy of Joss & Main

  • Velvet-covered headboard are a surefire way to make the bedroom posh.

    Velvet-covered headboard are a surefire way to make the bedroom posh.
    Courtesy of Marie Flanagan Interiors

  • As with any new design trend, the easiest way to quickly incorporate it into your home is with the use of throw pillows.

    As with any new design trend, the easiest way to quickly incorporate it into your home is with the use of throw pillows.
    Courtesy of World Market

  • Velvet draperies not only add elegance to a room, but also do a stellar job of blocking out the sun.

    Velvet draperies not only add elegance to a room, but also do a stellar job of blocking out the sun.
    Courtesy of Lushes Curtains

  • While velvet was very popular in earlier eras, it can still be used today on contemporary pieces, such as this elegant luxury blue velvet sofa.

    While velvet was very popular in earlier eras, it can still be used today on contemporary pieces, such as this elegant luxury blue velvet sofa.
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  • An antique chair reupholstered using purple velvet.

    An antique chair reupholstered using purple velvet.
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By Nancy Mattia
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Contrasting dramatically with the recent decorating trend of cool and sleek industrial designs, velvet is all warm and cozy with a plush texture and feel-good personality. It works in both traditional and contemporary interiors.

"Velvet was highly popular during the very traditional Victorian era, as well as during the height of modernity, like the 1930s Golden Age of Hollywood," says Scott De Lello, an interior designer in Los Angeles.

Velvet is prized for a textural quality that changes based on how the light hits it and how the fabric is combed. Here are some of the furnishings you might want to envelop in velvet.

Sofa

Velvet is versatile and can't be pinned down to one style. A tufted, scroll-arm camelback sofa covered in rich velvet is elegant, timeless, and looks good in a living room, family room or master bedroom suite. But then so does a modern boxy sofa with clean lines covered in a metallic velvet fabric.

Armchair

If a velvet sofa is too big of a commitment, think about a velvet armchair. It won't be the room's focal point but it will add a different texture to the setting. It works on many chair styles -- midcentury modern, slipper, wingback or whatever upholstered chair is in your home right now.

Throw pillows

A perfect way to add much-needed energy to a well-loved sofa, velvet throw pillows come in solids and patterns, different shapes and sizes and every color you can think of. It's the most affordable way to introduce the trend to your home.

Ottoman

Prop your feet up on a plush velvet-covered ottoman or use it for stylish seating when guests come over.

Headboard

Why shouldn't the bedroom get in on the velvet moment, too? If you've got an upholstered headboard, cover it in velvet for a sumptuous look that will make the bed even more inviting. "Velvet has a very smooth, sensual and warm feel and therefore it's perfect for use on a headboard," De Lello says. But to keep it looking well-groomed, vacuum it regularly.

"You may also want to wrap a wooden board with a remnant of the velvet fabric and use it to 'comb' the fibers in a uniform direction to remove fingerprints."

Draperies

Velvet draperies not only add elegance to a room with its linear look but they also are practical: They keep the heat in during cold months and block the light when you want some shade.

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