There are some materials that simply scream comfort, and in all my years of working in the home decor space, the one that always manages to take my breath away is velvet. Not only does this chic material add softness to an otherwise more masculine room, but it looks beautiful in such a large number of hues, as well. Others might disagree, I think the best velvet couches are in the running for the best couch.
'Velvet is such an underrated material, especially if you live in a home with kids or pets, says interior designer Emily Henderson. 'The lack of loops in the weave prevents snagging from paws and nails. Also, because of the natural varying visual pile, stains are pretty easy to hide as well'.
From loungey sectionals to more formal dining room chairs, the world is your oyster when it comes to velvet furniture. I’ve found several of my favorite options in all sorts of colors, from bright pink to minimalist grays, so you can decorate your home in style.
Emily Henderson is a stylist, interior designer, TV host, and founder of Emily Henderson Design.
Best velvet furniture 2024
This gorgeous velvet bench was handcrafted in Italy, with a black nickel base to give it a timeless edge and sleek finish. The violet velvet slipcover can be removed for easy cleaning, too.
If you need a true statement piece that’ll take up all the leftover space in your living room, consider this velvet sofa from One Kings Lane. Not only will the 90-inch width make it so you never have to squeeze into it while sitting, but the slightly crushed look is so on-trend.
A nod to the classic Chesterfield sofa, this version goes slightly more modern with a pretty sky blue velvet that’ll add some daylight to a dull room. The giant tufted seat is wonderful to sink into.
Whoever said a side chair had to be boring? The Daulton Velvet Side Chair from Wayfair is a classic-style accent piece with fun metallic legs and bright velvet colors to choose from.
You can custom-design this sofa using any number of velvet shades you so choose, and the inspired Hollywood Regency-style silhouette features curved slopes and sumptuous rounded arms for cozy lounging.
For a lounge chair that’s on the modern side, you can’t go wrong with Article. Featuring tufted arms, chic, cylindrical pillows, and sleek wooden legs, this chair is all about a contemporary look and unique design.
Amazon doesn't always promise great furniture but this swivel chair gives me all the retro vibes. I love its angled armrests, cloud-like accents, and barrel base. It’s also made with resilience foam underneath, which means it can withstand weights of up to 300 pounds.
To bring a sense of sophistication to an otherwise bland dinner table, you can’t go wrong with the striking architectural style of this black velvet dining chair. Angled stiletto legs add charm, while the tall backrest offers tons of support.
Perfect for adding a pop of texture when perched at the edge of a bed or positioned in an entryway, this sloped bench is the epitome of luxe. It’s custom-made, so you can pick the velvet shade of your choice.
Velvet furniture FAQ
How do you take care of velvet furniture?
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There are a few ways to take care of your velvet furniture so that it doesn’t trap dirt or other pollutants. First, be sure to vacuum often, since velvet can be prone to collecting irritants. Second, if you ever need to clean a velvet couch, interior designer Emily Henderson recommends creating your own cleaning solution, instead of relying on a harsh chemical option that could damage the material.
'In a small bowl, mix equal parts distilled water and white vinegar, and dampen a clean microfiber cloth with the cleaning solution,” she says. “Blot any stained areas gently, starting from the outside and working your way in, and continue blotting until the stain begins to lift'. Wipe clean with a dry cloth and allow the velvet to dry, in order to complete the process.
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Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.
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