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5 Reasons You NEED a Velvet Sofa in Your Home.
November 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm 0

With its sumptuous feel and regal good looks, a velvet sofa really does look and feel the part. Velvet has a suppleness unlike any other fabric, making it a real style staple for your home. But we understand opting for a velvet couch, at first, might seem a little daunting. It’s a big step but one we believe is well worth taking. Let us tell you 5 Reasons You NEED a Velvet Sofa in Your Home!

Archie 2 Seater Velvet Sofa in Jewel Green


1. It Feels Great
First things first when it comes to velvet- it’s just so wonderfully tactile! Who can resist running their hand up and down this rich fabric. Because of this, luxury velvet sofas and furniture alike inherently have a very cosy and inviting feel, making them a great choice for creating a cosy living room setting. Velvet also comes in a variety of colours, making it even easier to style alongside your existing interior, or create one you’ve always dreamt of!

2. It’s Practical
One question you’re sure to ask yourself is: are velvet sofas practical? Sure they look great, but can they stand the test of time and everyday use? Once only a fabric for the richest and finest of settings, we often think of velvet as being delicate and therefore hard to care for. Well, we’re here to tell you that’s just not true! A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, are less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. So you get the real look and feel of velvet but with added protection. 

A velvet sofa is much easier to clean and maintain than you may think too. For the best results when cleaning, try to act as soon as the spill or mark occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to the base cloth. All you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, rubbing in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. 


TOP VELVET SOFA CLEANING TIPS:

- Use an absorbent cloth or kitchen towel to soak up the spill before it sinks past the top layer of fabric. You will find that most liquids will sit in droplets on the pile for a moment before they sink though.
- Dampen a clean, cloth in a solution of warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.
- Dab the affected area gently to remove any marks. If necessary, rub gently in the direction of the velvet.
- Avoid getting your velvet furniture too wet. It's a good idea to take a hair dryer and very gently, on a cool setting, dry the velvet. Stroke gently with your hand to ensure the velvet does not dry in the wrong direction.


3. It’s Durable
Practicality and durability go hand in hand when considering what sofa to choose for your home. That’s why the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of sofas and furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate. 

Velvet is also difficult to snag, as it has no loose threads or raised weaves to get caught on buttons or zips. Many polyester velvets are stain resistant so light marks caused by food or dirt can be brushed off with ease.

Or, what about our Florence sofa? Filled with loose fibres, the plump back cushions add an extra element of comfort. This makes the back cushions are supportive yet cosy, ideal for relaxing with the family.

Deep, warm and cosy - the Florence 3 Seater Sofa in Anthracite

4. It’s Effortlessly Stylish
If you want to update the look and feel of your living area, a velvet sofa is the way to go. Velvet instantly gives a room a more luxe look due to the qualities of the fabric. The colour of a velvet sofa also has far more depth than a flat cotton or linen fabric. This is because velvet has a nap (which is the direction in which the pile of fibers lies), that catches and reflects light across shapes and folds, making the colour look wonderfully rich and enticing. 
 
Because velvet upholstery gently reflects light instead of absorbing it, this makes a velvet settee a great pairing against a dark wall or small corner of your room. Velvet also looks great alongside a mix of finishes, from sleek brass and matt black to shiny gloss and chrome, like we’ve styled here with the Amber Grape 2 Seater Velvet Sofa.

Autumn Tones - Amber Grape 3 Seater Velvet Sofa

5. It’s Wonderfully Comfortable 

As we mentioned in point 1, velvet is soft to the touch. But when you pair this with sumptuous sofa cushions and supportive arm and backrests, you have yourself a seat that’s irresistibly comfy! Overly slouchy sofas can create a messier look, that’s why our range of velvet sofas have a medium sit. This means the seat has a blend of foam and fibre, making the sofas comfortable and supportive while also being able to recover when the seat is vacated. This also helps to avoid excessive pooling over time.

Take our new Archie sofa: We’ve engineered this seat so that the arms gently slope down the side, making them perfect for curling up against and watching a movie. They also offer a supportive seated position, ideal for reading or working on your laptop.

Trend Alert - Archie Velvet Sofa in Jewel Green, perfect with Blush Pink.

So, have we convinced you a velvet sofa is the way to go? We have plenty more tips and tricks when it comes to introducing this stylish fabric to your home, just take a look at our Ultimate Velvet Furniture Buying guide. You can view the new sofas and more over on our website.

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Cleaning Guides, Guides, Materials
Interior Styling – How to Style and Care for Velvet Furniture
November 30, 2018 at 4:26 pm 0
With the world of interiors flooded with Velvet Furniture, it's highly likely you too own a piece of this iconic furnishing fabric. But How do you style velvet furniture in a modern home? And what do you do if, heaven forbid, you spill a drink? We cover style, care and general know-how on Velvet furniture so you can keep your favourite furniture looking fresh and new for longer...  

Mellow Velvet Bed in Ochre

 

Velvet Furniture Styling

  New for 2018 is our range of velvet furniture. Available in everything from Stools to Dining Chairs, Bar Stools to Benches and Beds, you're bound to find that one statement piece to step up your interior style game.     However, if you want to introduce a splash of velvet to your home but don't know where to start, fear not. Our Interior Stylist brings you her top tips on kitting out your home with a velvet flash. From maximalist to minimalist, there's a style solution for any home.  

Simple Beginnings

If you love velvet furniture but aren't quite ready to make a full style statement, start off by introducing just a touch of velvet into your home interior.  

Plaza Stool in Blush Pink Velvet

  Start off by introducing velvet into smaller pieces of furniture such as footstools or dining chairs. Our Plaza Velvet Stool is a great place to start. Available in 4 different colours and at just £99, you're sure to find the perfect match for your home. The metallic base also adds a touch of luxury, instantly bringing your home interior to a new level.  

Velvet Dining Chairs

If you're looking to make more of a style statement but want to keep the cost down, think about updating your kitchen with Velvet Dining Chairs. They will bring an instant look to interior design to your home, without the cost or effort! Take a look at our new Velvet Dining Chairs...  

Bay Velvet Dining Chair, Available in Teal and Petrol Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Leg

 

Form Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Harper Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Smoke Grey and Shell Velvet with Chrome Legs

 

Form Velvet Dining Armchair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Pairing Up

Choosing a dining set with all velvet chairs is going to look beautiful, regardless of what is going on with the rest of the space. That said, if you want to mix things up a bit, why not mix and match your new Velvet Dining chairs with a Velvet Bench?     Mix and match the Bay Petrol Grey Dining Chairs + Mellow Petrol Grey Velvet Dining Bench. Add the Sanza Velvet Dining Table in Grey Gloss for a coordinated and modern look.   If you have an Extending Dining Set but not a huge amount of space to store extra chairs, think about pairing the Form Velvet Dining Chairs with the Plaza Stools! When not needed around the table, your stools make the perfect footrest. What's more, add a cool metallic tray to the top of your Plaza stool and you've got a handy little side table.  

Form Velvet Dining Chair in Blush Pink

Plaza Velvet Stool in Blush Pink

  This look also works wonders with our Mellow Velvet Dining Benches.

Sanza and Velvet Mellow Dining Set with Plaza Stools

 

Velvet Care and Cleaning

When you buy furniture, you want it to last, be low maintenance and look as good as the day you bought it years later. Some people hear the words "velvet furniture" and want to run to the hills for fear of marking it or creating a bald patch. But, we are here to help guide you through velvet furniture care and ensure your new favourite piece lasts as long as you love it. If you do have an accidental spillage, the key is to act fast. Take these steps and your velvet furniture will be good as new in no time.
  1. Use a super absorbent cloth to soak up the spill before it sinks past the top layer of fabric.
  2. Dampen a clean, white cloth in a solution of warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.
  3. Dab the affected area gently to remove any marks. If necessary, rub gently in the direction of the velvet.
  4. Avoid getting your velvet furniture too wet. It's a good idea to take a hair dryer and very gently, on a cool setting, dry the velvet. Stroke gently with your hand to ensure the velvet does not dry in the wrong direction.
    Our velvets are rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know the velvet is up to daily use. That said, be mindful of dyed clothing as the dye can transfer, and once this has happened, it's very hard to remove. Cleaning Velvet furniture can be tricky. For quick spot cleaning, the above method works wonders, however, should you come across any deeper set stains, it's a good idea to contact the professionals. Velvet is a delicate fabric so hard cleaning may affect the pile. Call in the pros for a deeper clean.  

Velvet Barstools

If you're feeling brave, why not team your new velvet dining chairs with complimentary Velvet Bar Stools? We have the new Form Velvet Bar Stools, available with and without backrests to showcase your Form dining chairs.  

Form Velvet Bar Stools

Form Velvet Bar Stool with Backrest

 

Velvet Dining Benches

You may have already guessed by now, but we have a beautiful range of Velvet Dining Benches. Our best selling Mellow Dining Benches now come in Sapphire, Petrol Blue and Blush Pink velvets to add a touch of glam to your dining set. Mix and match with your other velvet furniture, or stick to just your benches for a real style statement.      

Velvet Beds

If you're a regular visitor to the Danetti Lifestyle blog, you may already be familiar with our new Velvet Beds. If not, take a look at our newest range. For bedroom specific styling tips, don't miss out on our previous blog post which is full of tips and secrets for styling your new velvet furniture.  

Amalfi Velvet Bed in Peacock Velvet

  Made up of Double, King and Superking, with or without snazzy storage solutions. Take a look at just a few we have to offer, but be sure to check out the rest of the range here.  

Rene Bed in Midnight Velvet

 

Turin Bed in Feather Grey Velvet

 

Paolo Bed in Shadow Grey Velvet

 

Mellow Bed in Ochre Velvet

Velvet Styling Tips

Now you're thoroughly convinced that velvet furniture is the one for you, it's time to think about styling! Take inspiration from these styling tips to create your dream interior.  
  • Velvet and Metallic finishes work wonders together. The juxtaposition of soft velvet and hard metals creates a stylish look which is super easy to achieve (especially in the kitchen!)
  • Velvets tend to come in highly pigmented colours, meaning you can have fun with your soft furnishings.
    • Plush pinks look great with jewel greens and rich greys.
    • Teal Velvets work perfectly with bold oranges and ochres. Colour clash all the way to a beautifully styled interior.
  • Lighting will change the look of your velvet. Bright daylight with really show off the sheen on the fabric, where moody, lamp-lit rooms will make the colour appear deeper and richer. Think about this when position your new furniture to achieve the perfect look.
  • Mix and match textures. Where velvet has a matt appearance with a slight soft sheen, pair with various different textures to get an individual look. High gloss furniture to natural woods looks great as they are the polar opposite to velvet.
  • If you choose velvet furniture, go all out and choose bright colours. This will create a true style statement with minimal effort.
 

Show us your Style

Have you bought new Danetti velvet furniture? Show us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #mydanetti in your pictures! Tell us what you think of our new Velvet range, and keep your eyes peeled for new velvet products coming soon!  
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Buying Guides, Materials
Velvet Furniture Buying Guide – Need To Know – Danetti Lifestyle
August 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0
Velvet Furniture - Plaza Blush Velvet Stool So, you want in on one of 2018s hottest interior trends: velvet. Good choice! From clothing and curtains to benches and stools, this luxurious finish has made a big style impact in the world of interiors, and it’s easy to see why. Velvet creates such a cosy atmosphere when it comes to home furnishings and is synonymous with luxury. Once only a finish for the extremely wealthy, velvet is now far more accessible for everyone to have in their home.  

Why Velvet Furniture?

A common misconception about velvet is that it’s a high-maintenance material. Well, let us bust that myth right now! When treated with the proper care and maintenance, you’ll find your velvet furniture is built to last. A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, is also less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. This makes it more durable and suited to daily use.
Form Velvet and Brass Cantilever Dining Armchair in Teal

The way teal velvet catches the light gives the material and colour even more richness and depth.

A key characteristic of velvet is the dense pile. We’ve all stroked a velvet surface and seen the contrast when the fibres are brushed in the opposite direction. For the neatest possible look, brush the pile in the same direction over the entire surface. You can do this by hand or with a specialist velvet upholstery brush.  

Pros & Cons of Velvet Furniture

As with any material, there are pros and cons to having velvet upholstery in your home. The best way to decide if the material is right for you is to see if the benefits weight out the limitations of the material:

Pros:

  • Velvet upholstery instantly gives any piece of furniture a luxe and inviting feel.
  • The colours have far more depth than a plain material, due to the way velvet subtly picks up the light.
  • There’s nothing quite like the soft to the touch quality of velvet upholstered furniture.
  • A classic fabric that will stand the test of time and be loved for years, rather than being a design fad.

Cons:

  • Velvet is more susceptible to attracting pet hair, something to consider if you have a lot of pets.
  • The fibre can weaken if exposed to direct sunlight, so you’ll need to think about the placement of your velvet pieces.
  • Velvet is more likely to attract bits and dust, so requires a more regular clean than leather or plastic to prevent the accumulation of dust particles or dirt.
 

How To Introduce Velvet into Your Home:

You may be a little hesitant to have velvet furniture in your home. Sure, it looks great in all those glossy magazines, but how will it look in a real living setting? Well, have no fear as we're here to help. There's a reason velvet is so popular and that's partly down to how easy it is to style in a whole variety of interiors!  

Start Small

If you've not had velvet in your interior scheme before, start small. It’s the same as when introducing a bold colour or contemporary finish into a neutral interior. Something like our Plaza stool is a great way to have a hint of velvet in your space without it becoming the main focal point or feature. If you love the look you can always introduce dining chairs, benches and more stools later. To get a feel for the fabric and coordinate colours, order swatches before you buy so you know you’re investing in the right piece.

Pair With Complementary Materials

To make your velvet furniture look right at home, you’ll need to think about what materials the fabric will be sitting alongside. Velvet instantly adds a softness to any space, so wooden and leather materials are a good way to create a contrasted yet cohesive look.
Plaza Teal Velvet Stool

Plaza Teal Velvet Stool alongside a leather sofa and wooden flooring.

  Velvet is an excellent material for contemporary designs. This is because its textural quality picks up the light creating interesting silhouettes. It looks especially good with curved designs as the sheen of the fabric will highlight the curves in the surface. The softness of the fabric also adds an inviting feel and approachability, perfect for creating a convivial dining area. Two other great finishes to style alongside velvet are stainless steel and brushed brass. We’ve matched our blush and teal velvets with the brass base, and the grey and blue velvet with the stainless steel as the colours really offset one another. Last but certainly not least, consider styling your velvet alongside gloss. A velvet bench or dining chair adds a wonderful softness around a high gloss table as the fabric is a smooth contrast to the reflective gloss top. The juxtaposition of a high gloss surface paired with the soft sheen of velvet will be going all kinds of beautiful things in your home.  

Velvet Care & Maintenance:

Velvet upholstery is far easier to clean and maintain than you may think. Firstly, the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate.   Like with most materials, it’s best to act as soon as a spill occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to penetrate the base cloth. First, use an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up the spillage. Dab the surface rather than rubbing as this will better soak up the liquid.   To clean your velvet furniture, all you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, wiping the fabric in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. You can also vacuum your velvet upholstery by using the handheld nozzle. This will better collect any dust or bits that have been caught up in the pile. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum as this will be much softer on your velvet and avoid any unwanted marks.      If you feel your velvet has lost a bit of its sheen, have no fear. You can use a steamer to restore its signature shine by keeping the nozzle moving across the velvet at a moderate pace. Move in the direction of the nap for the best results. Once completely dry, brush the material in the direction of the nap using a soft-bristled hairbrush.   To keep the material looking its best, regularly brush your velvet furniture with a velvet brush or soft clothes brush, going in the direction of the nap. Try not to let anything hard sit or rest on the material for a long time. A heavy book, for example, can mark velvet if left in the same place for long enough.  

Colourful Combinations

Velvet comes in a whole variety of colours, so we’ve done the edit to offer you a selection of the most designer looking shades. Light blue, grey and navy colourways are on the more neutral side of the colour wheel which makes them incredibly versatile and timeless. Both are easy to work with, meaning you can introduce colour to your space without it looking too overpowering. The subtle sheen that velvet offers also reveals high and lowlights to the colour, giving your velvet furniture even more depth. Rich jewelled tones like teal are a great match with a velvet material as they just ooze elegance and luxury.  Styled alongside brass, this creates a such an opulent and plush appearance.  Blush pink, on the other hand, is far softer so is ideal if you want to create a more subtle but equally as plush feel in your home.  

So there you have it!

Have we inspired you to add a piece of velvet luxury to your home? Make sure you take a look at our velvet collection, which includes stylish benches, dining chairs and handy stools. For even more helpful tips, take a look at our Velvet and Brass styling blog post.
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