12 Reasons to Embrace Velvet at Home

by Grace Bonney

Whenever fall rolls around, I start transitioning from lightweight summer fabrics to something richer and heavier. I swap out soft cotton throws for heavier wool ones, and a little part of me is always tempted to invest in jewel-toned velvet upholstery that looks and feels like a rich, textured hug. I’ve been eyeing jade- and emerald-colored sofas online for years now, so today I thought I’d share some of my favorite velvet sofas, chairs, ottomans and other home accessories that will help bring a little warmth, texture and color into your home this season. Don’t miss the hot pink velvet bench — that one is too pretty for words. xo, grace

My favorite colors for velvet will always be jewel tones. This emerald chair is a great way to test out a little velvet without going full-sofa. $398 right here.
This settee is my favorite shade of mustard/ochre yellow. It feels so luxe -- and perfect for a cozy nap. $1,998 right here.
When you want to sleep in (or against) luxury, this tufted velvet headboard is just the ticket. $848 right here.
These velvet heels have one foot in the past and one on the present. They feel a little retro but also super modern with the chunky heel. $289 right here.
Ok, this is a big-time splurge, but this velvet-lined box is too beautiful to pass up. The gemstone embellishment looks pretty enough that you don't even need jewelry inside. $792 right here.
This is one of my favorite shades of pink -- somewhere in between blush and salmon. $798 right here.
Jordan Ferney's custom green velvet sofa from Room & Board (the Sabine sofa) is what reignited my love of velvet. [Photo by Paul Ferney for Cup of Jo)
This combo of copper lamp and crushed velvet shade in a neutral color feels so warm and lush. $192.21 right here.
This orangey-pink day sofa is the sort of investment piece that will be handed down over and over again. It's such a classic style and the upholstery will get softer and softer as time goes on. $1,899+ right here.
I could never say no to a hot pink velvet bench. $595 right here.
The combination of this jade velvet upholstery with a gold frame is so chic. $1,095 right here.
Mary McDonald's Vanderbilt Fabric would be perfect on just about anything -- pillows, furniture or curtains. I love this "Dove" colorway. $316+ right here.

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  • I sold my folks deep green velvet lawson sofa a couple of years ago as it was too big for our living room ..someone took it home very happy! It was custom made in 1965!

  • Love that sofa and the head boared! Gorgeous.

    I’ve been looking at velvet quilts recently (West Elm!) and – because they’re so expensive – have been toying with the idea of making one, or a velvet duvet cover (thinking velvet one side and satin on the other), with Shams. However, I’m a beginner sewer and don’t know if I want to take the chance that it won’t be awesome, cuz what I see in my head is really fab! :)

  • Love the velvet- of course IKEA velvet couches an affordable option… FYI one can’t order that lamp in the USA! )-:

  • I’ve had the weirdest love affair with velvet since I was a young girl. I’m so glad it’s back in trend. If i had it my way, my sofa would be a dark green velvet situation.

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