It’s been slow but sure. Velvet has made a big comeback in interiors, particularly for sofas. Forget Victorian-era fustiness and drab colours, the new contemporary velvet sofa is fresh, bright and bold.
Velvet looks utterly transformed on modern silhouettes, and even classic sofa shapes like the Chesterfield are totally reinvented when covered in velvet in jewel-bright hues or subtle, contemporary neutrals.
And just to note: if you love the sofas but the colours below aren’t your thing – not a problem. Just about all of these velvet sofas come in other colourways and sizes (and often other fabrics too). We hope you enjoy our pick of the best contemporary velvet sofas.
Top 10 contemporary velvet sofas
1. Teal is hugely popular right now, and we love this “seriously comfy” Doodler Sofa from Loaf designed exclusively for John Lewis. Shown here in hardwearing Clever Velvet in Real Teal, but there are other gorgeously scrumptious colours too.
2. Looking for a contemporary velvet sofa with real wow factor? Look no further than the Balmoral Velvet Sofa from Heal’s. It’s pictured as a 2-seater in stunning ‘Alchemilla’ yellow velvet at the top of the page. And above is the 3-seater Balmoral Velvet Sofa in Midnight Velvet. Deep Chesterfield-inspired buttoning and feather and foam seat cushions provide a luxurious sit, whilst the neat proportions suit spaces big and small.
3. Next, the sleek, concrete grey Simone Velvet Sofa – how gorgeous are those tapered brass legs? The velvet upholstery is 85% cotton/15% polyester, and it comes as either a 2-seater or 3-seater. I want one of each please!
4. Classic yet contemporary is how we’d describe the Askem Sofa in sage green velvet from Habitat. Green is the latest up and coming colour for interiors, so team this versatle hue with velvet and you’ve got a fabulous look. Choose your shade – intense emerald, bright apple, or soft fern, moss and sage. There’s a green to suit all tastes.
5. The Chester Sofa (also from Habitat) is one of their most popular, designed exclusively for them by Matthew Hilton. There’s a really great choice of velvet fabric colours to complement the Chester’s timeless, modern lines. This beautiful burnt orange is definitely one of the boldest.
6. “Dapper, handsome, refined …” – we couldn’t agree more. The Connor 3-Seater Sofa in olive green cotton velvet from MADE ticks all our boxes for contemporary-meets-classic style. (There’s a rich blue/green, a soft grey and inky navy to choose from too).
7. Part of the ‘Design your Own’ range at Swoon Editions, the Tivoli Sofa has a neat, slim profile that makes it perfect for smaller spaces. That said, this contemporary velvet sofa makes a big statement in this jewel-bright azure velvet.
8. How amazingly comfortable does the Clio velvet sofa from Graham and Green look? Those seat cushions just couldn’t be any plumper. It’s spot on trend in this deep inky blue shade, but the Clio is available in a range of other gorgeously coloured velvets too.
9. We love the clever versatility of the Helena Corner Velvet Sofa. The footstool can be positioned on either the right or left. Also available as a compact 2-seater and in Teal Blue Velvet instead of the Turmeric shown here.
10. Exclusively designed for the White Company, the Hampstead Velvet Sofa is an updated Chesterfield sofa that mixes traditional hand-crafting skills with modern production techniques. Shown here in Silver Grey velvet it’s also available in Stone, an equally calming neutral. For the front legs, choose from traditional turned or more contemporary tapered profiles – both in polished hardwood.
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