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.
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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.
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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.
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Velvet works for both contemporary and classic styling
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So much choice

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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.
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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.
Velvet patterned sofa