How to style and care for a velvet sofa

Luxe up your living room with the glam factor of velvet and learn how to maintain its glossy sheen.

Why choose velvet furniture?

Close up of crushed velvet Chesterfield sofa
Velvet sofas

Velvet instantly uplifts the home with its vibrant and shimmery texture, creating a strong sense of luxury and elegance. It’s a multi-dimensional fabric that perfectly suits bold colours and soft neutrals by giving it its own sophisticated designer touch. Despite its high maintenance image, it’s actually easy to care for, and with a proper cleaning routine, velvet will continue to look fresh and new for a long time.

How to style a velvet sofa

Pair a royal blue velvet sofa with bold walls

Blue velvet Chesterfield sofa with dark blue walls
Hampton sofa

Match a royal blue velvet sofa with dark blue walls to create a bold monochrome effect. When styling with a single colour, play with different textures to achieve a richer feel - for example, layer velvet with silk for a rich, sumptuous look that stands out alongside chic wall panelling.

Channel understated luxury with grey velvet

Grey velvet sofa in luxe living room
Baltimore sofa

Pair a grey velvet sofa with metallic accents to give the room a sophisticated yet understated feel. Use gold to warm up the space or add chrome and silver accents for a sleek, modern touch. You could also mix both of them together in small doses to create a chic, high-end look.

Velvet sofa with velvet cushions
Velvet sofas

Another instant way to introduce this understated look is to layer with velvet cushions to bring out the sofa's lush sheen. Choose cushions in different colours for extra impact.

Get dramatic with crushed velvet

Glamorous crushed velvet Chesterfield sofa in the living room
Hampton sofa

For all-out glamour, choose a crushed velvet sofa as the centrepiece of the room. Its striking appearance (which is created by pressing down the fabric when wet) instantly becomes the focal point of the room so it’s best to decorate with sleek and chic accessories to complement the look.

Giving the Chesterfield a modern velvet touch

Grey velvet Chesterfield sofa in blush pink living room
Hampton sofa

Pick a grey velvet sofa in a traditional Chesterfield design if you want to introduce a classic style in a modern setting. As Chesterfield sofas traditionally come in leather, velvet adds a soft twist and gives the room a polished feel. Round off the look with contemporary artwork and gold accents for an extra dose of glamour.

Anchor a colourful living room with a velvet sofa

Modern velvet sofa in a living room with a colourful feature wall
Harlow sofa

Choose a velvet sofa with a clean design and calming neutral shade as a grounding centrepiece in a colourful living room. In this room, a feature wall is the main attraction and the sofa serves as a base to anchor the room, letting the colours pop without overwhelming the space.

Go minimalist with a velvet armchair

Minimalist velvet armchair in contemporary living room
Harlow armchair

Velvet may not be the first thing that comes to mind when minimalist decor is mentioned but it fits right in when matched with the right shape and aesthetic. Pick an armchair with a sleek, contemporary shape and keep the rest of the room simple to let the curves of the armchair stand out.

How to care for velvet furniture

Basic Care

Brushing the sofa with the flat side of the brush
  • Avoid direct sunlight as it may cause the fabric to fade.
  • Use a soft double-sided brush to help keep dirt at bay. Use the flat side of the brush to remove lint, dirt and pet hair.
  • If the velvet is starting to lose its sheen, brush against the pile to restore its appearance.
  • If your sofa or cushion has removable covers, remove them and gently steam in the opposite direction of the pile.

Spills and Stains

  • Invest in a good quality stain remover to avoid damaging the fabric.
  • Tackle wet stains with a damp towel or a dry absorbent cloth.
  • For dry stains, testing basic cleaning products such as soap and water on a hidden spot first to ensure it doesn’t ruin the fabric.
  • Mix soap and water to create a foamy solution then use a soft cloth and lightly blot the stain with the suds. Let the fabric air-dry.

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