Lavish Living: Velvet Furniture from House Tours

Lavish Living: Velvet Furniture from House Tours

Mat Sanders
Jun 7, 2011

You've seen them in our house tours. You've drooled over their extravagant, good looks. You may have even come across similar pieces in your own furniture sourcing adventures, but practicality ultimately got the best of you. That's right, ladies and gentleman, we are talking about velvet furniture. As a nod to the design die-hards who dared to go there, check out this roundup of velvet seating from our House Tour archives.

Let's be honest. Velvet upholstery, as suggested by its opulent appearance, can be one of the most high maintenance decisions one could make when decorating a space. Velvet requires a great deal of careful living as it can wear out quickly and be difficult to clean. But do the cons outweigh the pros?

Aside from being a super comfortable fabric, a well-selected velvet piece can instantly raise the stakes in a room with its rich and luxurious feel. Even pieces that do see a little wear and tear can ultimately add unequivocal character to a room's overall look. From custom upholstery jobs in high end homes to vintage pieces in industrial lofts, we've seen velvet furniture incorporated in all kinds of ways throughout our House Tours—proof that the look can be used across a wide range of decor styles.

But what about your kids? What about that sloppy friend sloshing around that glass of red wine?? Could you actually live with one of these photogenic beauties?


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