Velvet - the hottest fabric in home décor right now
The Velvet Revival
Retro, luxurious, bold; velvet furniture is definitely back in fashion this season. Stylists and designers are praising this gorgeous material for its combination of sophistication and modernity. As The Independent put it, this year velvet is 'having a moment'. It’s been popular in both home interiors and on the catwalk, and it’s showing no sign of waning.
We love the silky and plush finish that velvet gives to your upholstery, making it the ideal fabric to cover your sofa or armchair. It also fits well with another big trend in home décor this year: 70s inspired luxe interiors, which is all about injecting some glamour into your home. With cold winter nights approaching, we can only expect this rich and decadent material to stay on trend.
What better way to enjoy a cosy night in than on a luxurious velvet corner sofa or armchair. Super soft to the touch, it’s the perfect texture if you’re looking to create a homely and inviting living room. Best of all, we stock a range of easy to clean velvet materials, so if you have pets or a family you can still have your dream sofa. Ask our experts for advice if you are unsure which fabric to go for.
Velvet upholstery stands out beautifully in any room, so it's a great way to revamp a classic model of furniture. It really draws the eye in, especially in a striking colour such as deep purple. Just one statement piece is enough to restyle your livingroom. Other colours that work well with velvet include black and grey, cherry and berry shades, and deep blues like royal blue. If you are feeling brave then try plum or tangerine.
Velvet works for both contemporary and classic styling
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Velvet is an extremely versatile fabric. It works equally well with traditional styling such as oriental rugs and antiques, as it does with more a contemporary look. There are so many variations and patterns to suit your taste, from crushed to deep pile. You may prefer a smooth finish, or perhaps a raised pattern on a sheer background. A deeper pile velvet will have a more luxurious feel, but short pile tends to be easier to care for.
At Delcor we offer bespoke, handmade furniture so you can select the best upholstery to suit your needs. We source the finest fabrics from around the world, offering you a huge range of different velvets. We recommend Jim Dickens, J Brown, Kirkby Design, Zoffany Curzon, Designers Guild and Clarke & Clarke for velvet sofa and chair covers. Our staff are always happy to advise you on different fabric types.
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Why not order some fabric samples from us, or visit one of our showrooms to have a look at our range and speak to an expert.
Choosing the right fabric - the 'rub test'
Some velvets are more hard-wearing than others. Most upholstery fabrics have a rub test rating, which is how we measure their durability. The test indicates how much abrasion a fabric can take before there is a noticeable change in surface appearance or loss of colour. The British Standard for furnishing fabrics with a pile structure, such as chenille and velvet, should reach at least 15,000 rubs, although Delcor usually recommend fabrics that are 20,000 rubs and above. You may wish to go for a more robust fabric with a higher rub rating, or for a finer velvet with a lower rating, depending on your needs. Our experts can advise you on the rub rating and durability of your chosen fabric.
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Finding your feet
With a bespoke sofa or an armchair you can choose everything from the model and size right down to the feet. Dark wood legs will complement a deep purple or blue fabric, or you might prefer metal legs if you’re going for a modern look. See our feet options page for a selection of styles. If a new sofa isn’t on the cards you could always consider introducing velvet accents into your home with cushions or a footstool.
Take a look at a selection of our velvet products on our Pinterest page.
Will it Fit?
It is important to make sure that your new Delcor furniture will fit into your home. This quick guide will help you to work out if your furniture will fit into your room via doors, hallways and stairs.
If it does not fit, then don’t worry - all of our furniture is custom made and for a nominal charge is able to come apart and be assembled on-site by our qualified delivery team.
Firstly, note down the length, depth and height of your furniture. This information can be found on the product pages of our website.
Let's start at the front door. Open the door as wide as possible and measure the distance between the outer edge of the door to the inner edge of your doorframe at its narrowest point.
Compare the width of your doorframe with the height of your item allowing a little wiggle room on either side. This will determine if we can take the item through on its side. If the door width is greater than the height of your item, then it will fit through.
If the width of your front door is too narrow, then our delivery team can try to bring your item through upright. In this case, measure the height of your doorway making sure that it is greater than your item width. Again, check that there is some wiggle room.
If it does not fit give us a call as we can take off the legs or look at alternatives such as taking your furniture apart and assembling it on-site.
We need to make sure your furniture can get into the room that you’d like it to sit in. Measure the width of any areas that the item must pass through, such as hallways and internal doors at their narrowest points.
Remember to take note of possible obstructions such as radiators, shelving, skirting boards and light fittings. As long as the width at the narrowest point is greater than the height of your item, then your furniture will fit.
If your furniture needs to go up any stairs, measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point. Remember to take any handrails or light fixtures into account. If this distance is wider than the height of your item then it should fit.
If you have a bannister and the furniture needs to be lifted over it, check that the distance between the bannister and the ceiling is greater than the depth of the item. Once at the top of the stairs, make sure there is enough room on the landing for our delivery team to manoeuvre your item into your chosen room.
If you have any questions please give us a call or pop into one of our showrooms, we would be happy to help.
The final part of the Delcor experience is delivery. We understand the importance of and respect that is required when delivering to your home – that’s why we do it ourselves. All our deliveries and installations are carried out by our own trained delivery teams using our own vehicles.
We will call you 7 to 14 days prior to your delivery to discuss the exact dates. At that time, we can talk about an am or pm delivery. You can change your delivery slot at any time but this may affect when the next delivery slot will be available.
On the day we will give you a call one hour before your delivery is due. We will remove and packaging and ensure the room is left just as we found it. Please ensure that the room is ready and the space for your new piece of furniture is ready. Unfortunately, we cannot remove any old furniture due to health and safety.
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