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The Colour of the Moment: Grape – A Velvet Color Masterclass
November 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm 0

Grape is such a rich, deep shade that will instantly add a feel of modern cosiness to your home. In this trend edit, we’ve put together our expert advice on a number of creative ways you can incorporate this stylish shade into your living room, with your sofa as the wow-factor focus.


Firstly, what colour is 'Grape'?

Colour is subjective - what one might call ‘Claret’ another might call ‘Plum’. We've gone for Grape to describe what is a rich, warm colour that sits in the wine - claret - plum - grape spectrum of colour. Because it’s velvet the colour appears to have a tonal quality which makes the colour even more interesting.

Amber Velvet Sofa in Grape

Top tip when buying a sofa: Order a Free swatch! This is important because all computer screens and phone screens are calibrated differently. We match our images against true colour but still, there is nothing quite like a swatch in your hand. Our swatches are free and it will help you see the colour, in the room with whatever lighting you have.

The Looks

Our design team have used colour theory to put together these three schemes, all centered around Grape, to give you some inspiration around how to use the colour of the moment.

1. Earthy Contrast

In Colour theory, a contrasting scheme is when colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and therefore complement one another. This is why Forest Green is the perfect contrasting colour to showcase Grape. Don’t think of opposite colours as clashing, they offset and therefore compliment each other - It’s the theory of opposites attract! A dark wall is a great go-to for a cosy lounge, it will bring out the depth in the velvet, adding to the plushness. With a dark wall and a deeply toned sofa, keep the surrounding elements light with brass and lighter greys.

This look works well with a full blend of finishes. Here we have used black, chrome and brass. The key here is to blend, not match.

Amber comes in a 2 or a 3 seater option.

Top Tip: Stick to one contrasting colour, Forest Green, and use complementary colours for your accessories and accents, such as warm tones like ochre

Grape and Forest Green - Opposite sides of the Colour Wheel

2. Retro Eclectic

This look is probably the easiest of all, the key to this scheme is balance. Although there are a quite a few colours, each colour is evenly positioned and in relation to each other on the colour wheel, so the scheme has both impact and harmony.

A mix of Grape, Teal and Brass Tones.
Evenly spaced tones, spaced evenly around the colour wheel

Warm, earthy tones alongside a contrasting blue a pop of grape creates a multi layered and tonal look. You can really have some fun with your finishes, for example, we’ve included the velvet Plaza stool and Amber sofa, the glass Ripple coffee table and a statement light with a tactile brass bass. 

Top Tip: This colour palette lends itself to a mid century modern feel, perfect if you have a modern style but also love an eclectic feel or vintage find . 

3. Neutral Blush 

This look uses a blend of complementary, warm tones that sit on the same side of the colour wheel to Grape. Layering colours and tones that are near each other on the colour wheel gives a soft cohesive look, as opposed to a striking or contrasting one. All of the colours are on hues from the warm side of the wheel in various complimentary tones. 

When choosing paint colours, for a complimentary neutral to Grape, opt for a grey with a warm base, something like Farrow and Ball ‘Elephant’s Breath’. Then, use warm tones in your accessories like ocre, rust, blush, and metallic accents like rose gold and copper.

Top Tip: to keep a modern feel use black as an accent. A monochrome gallery wall and black accessories has the same effect of punctuating the scheme as a pop of colour would have. 

Which look do you like the best? Thinking of introducing any of these colour schemes to your home? Let us know in the comments! And for more info and styling tips for sofas take a look at our Sofa blog. 

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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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Velvet Furniture | Explore The Trends and Use Velvet In Your Home
July 12, 2019 at 10:23 am 0

As we get more adventurous with our homes, it seems no matter what your style is, you can still incorporate Velvet Furniture into your interior scheme. Take a look at these 3 very different interior trends for 2019, and learn how to use velvet furniture in your home.

Art Deco Teal & Blush Pink

Pair Blush Pink and Teal Velvet with Brass Accents for an Art Deco-inspired home.

Velvet furniture lends itself so well to Art Deco styling, especially when paired with brass as velvet is naturally quite an opulent material. The colour combination of Teal and Blush Pink is bang on trend for 2019, while also creating a cosy, inviting and warm home.

Peacock Velvet Amalfi Bed, Casa Brass Table Lamps, Blush Pink Plaza Stool

The Peacock Velvet Amalfi Storage Bed brings the modern feel, while the Casa Brass Table Lamps and Blush Pink Plaza Stool add the Art Deco vibe. If you're feeling a bit more playful, opt for some colour palm prints and lots of house plants for a nod to 1950's Miami vibes.

@kingkieronspalace

Our super cool customer @kingkieronspalace is nailing the Art Deco Teal & Blush Trend by pairing the Teal and Blush Form Dining Armchairs with a vintage marble table. The brass accents on the table and wall tie the whole look together, bring an Art Deco touch to a modern new build.

Mia and Blush Mellow Dining Set

You can always tone down the look, and choose either Teal or Blush to create an art deco home, or substitute the teal more a darker navy blue. As long as you stick to the brass highlights and introduce a geometric touch, you'll be working the Art Deco trend all over!

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Modern Marble & Monochrome

Grey continues to dominate the pages of your favourite interior magazines, although we are seeing a shift towards warmer greys for 2020. Grey Velvet is a gorgeous material and can be worked in all manner of styles. However, one we are particularly fond of is the combination of grey velvet and marble.

Pair Marble, Stainless Steel and Grey Velvet for a slick and modern luxe.

Due to the calming properties of a white and grey, minimal colour palette, this is the perfect combination for use in your bedroom. The simple colour palette promotes relaxation while the mixture of soft velvet with hard marble creates a very luxe look.

The Turin Velvet Bed in Feather Grey

This luxe material combo also works amazingly well for kitchens, as marble worktops are a sought after addition. Real Marble or a Marble effect, you can easily bring this opulent look to your home regardless of your budget!

@christopherhowardcabinetry Showcasing the Form Velvet Barstools in Silver Grey in his stunning kitchen showroom.

If you want the look of marble, without the high maintenance, take a look at our new Mia Dining Table, with a ceramic top finished with a stunning marble veining.

Mia Marble and Form Velvet Dining Set

Pair this with the chic Form Velvet Dining Chairs and Armchairs to create a modern marble and velvet interior. Choose brushed steel for an extra contemporary touch and to bring another element of texture.

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Oppulent Jewel Tones

Our final look is a warm, opulent and super stylish look combining rich, jewel tone velvets. Sick to similar shades such a fern green, teal and sapphire blue, and mix and match to create a visually exciting, inviting space.

Blue, Teal and Green Velvet combine to make a warm, inviting home.

As green, blue and teal are neighbouring colours on the colour wheel, they make for a harmonious colour scheme. Playing with the levels of each colour can create different feels.

For example, if you choose a dark teal wall with a dark blue sofa with fern green cushions, you will make a much more moody space than if you paired blue chairs with a blue kitchen and light grey walls.

The Nala Dining Table and Clover Fern Velvet Dining Set

This dark blue kitchen really lends itself to moody furniture. The combination of dark wood from the Nala table and soft Fern Green Velvet of the Clover chairs bring a subtle mid-century vibe, while really creating an inviting space.

The Peacock Amalfi Bed from @appleton2plus_morrishomes

The Amalfi bed in peacock velvet works well against this dark blue wall as styled by our customer @appleton2plus_morrishomes. Pair with a touch of warm wood and brass accents for a mid-century vibe.

Pair Fern Green Velvet with Walnut and Black for a modern, chic look.

Create a balanced and well-decorated home by bringing this green velvet and wood style throughout the rest of your space. Pair the Clover Dining Chairs with the new Mia Brass and Walnut Dining Table for a chic, mid-century home with all the style points.

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Show us your Style!

How do you use your velvet furniture in your home? Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with #mydanetti to show us your style and for the chance to be featured on our social channels.

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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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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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Velvet and Brass: How to use 2018 Hottest Interior Trend in your Home
July 6, 2018 at 9:53 am 0
Velvet and Brass finishes have been creeping up our interior wish-lists for a while now, with 2018 seeing the biggest influx of velvet furniture. For your average homeowner, velvet can feel out of reach as it can be expensive as it's a premium fabric. However, we think great design should be affordable for everyone! Which is exactly why we have launched our own range of velvet furniture. All at a more affordable price range so you, too, can have your dream home.    

Coming Soon...

      As velvet is a newer material to use in our homes, it can be tricky to know how to style around what you already own. We love the combination of velvet and brass and have designed some simple pieces which can seamlessly slide into any existing home interior.   Check out the Plaza Velvet Stools and Mellow Velvet Benches, and keep reading for our styling tips! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more exclusive velvets coming very soon....  

Why do we Love Velvet and Brass?

In all honesty, you probably love velvet and brass together because it suits your own interior style. But believe it or not, there is a reason why this luxe combo is so easy on the eye. Velvet is a cut pile, which simply means the weave is cut lengthways, to provide a soft surface with more of a sheen. A cut pile will naturally make velvet more delicate. Over time if not cared for properly you may begin to see bald patches form. That said, all of our Velvets are rub-tested to ensure longevity. So, treated with care, they should last for years to come.  

Sapphire Velvet and Brushed Brass Plaza Stool

  As velvets create this super soft lustre, brushed brass does the opposite and gives off a cooler, matt vibe. The juxtaposition of these 2 materials gives off very luxurious vibes while remaining cool and contemporary. Gone are the days of crushed velvets and diamante trims- less is definitely more when it comes to interior decor.  

Velvet Inspiration

As with any home update, it's important to look for inspiration before making any decisions. Anything can inspire you, from fashion and interior mags, social media or even your favourite restaurant. Velvet and Brass is a very luxe look, so you want to be sure you incorporate extra luxe elements into your vision to create a perfectly styled home.  

Sketch, London

  Potentially the space to start off this interior design trend is Sketch, London. With its head to toe pink velvet interiors balanced with warm brass and textured marbles, there's no denying the instagramability of this stunning restaurant.   Transferring this high-end look into your home is much easier than you may think. Aside from painting your walls and ceilings bright pink, you can add a few simple velvet and brass pieces to create the same look at a much lower price tag.  

Plaza Stool

The quickest and simplest way to introduce velvet and brass is with our Plaza Velvet Stool. The versatility of this little stool allows total freedom to use in any room of your home. Position it against your leather sofa for a comfy place to put your feet up, use as a trendy dressing table seat or as extra seating around your dining table. Plus at just £99, it's affordable no matter what your budget!  

Plaza Blush Pink Velvet Stool

  Take a leaf out of our super stylish customer's book and use your Plaza Stool as a Dressing Table Seat. The Plaza is available in 4 colours with 3 different finishes meaning you'll be sure to find the ideal option for your home.  

Penny Goldstone has chosen the Teal and Warm Brass Plaza for her dark and dramatic dressing area.

 

Aalkins has gone for the Pink Plaza Stool to balance with her Brass and Marble dressing table.

  Swapping your classic dressing table chair for the Plaza Stool instantly adds style and form. Its handy size also means it will tuck neatly under your dressing table or desk. Stylish, compact and space saving!  

Mellow Bench

One of our best selling lines is our Mellow bench- now available in Sapphire Velvet and Brass. The beauty of these benches is that they can be part of your dining set, or sit on their own as a statement piece. You could even double up and use as a compact sofa!  

Mellow 3 Seater Bench in Sapphire Velvet and Brass

    With the current dark wall interior trend, the sapphire velvet works beautifully against many inky shades. Position against dark blue walls for a camouflage look and to make the brass legs pop. Alternatively, the soft blue sheen also looks great against varying shades of purples, dark greens and smokey greys- the possibilities really are endless. We all know the soft sheen against the matt brushed brass works wonders, but how about adding another layer and pairing the Mellow Velvet Benches with a high gloss dining table?! The super-reflective surface bounces light around the room, giving your new velvet furniture extra depth. Plus, no one can resist a durable, grey gloss extending dining tables, such as our Sanza.  

You could even pair your Mellow Benches with the Plaza Stool for extra seats when needed!

    The Mellow Velvet Bench also comes in a Petrol Grey and Stainless Steel leg, which we will be covering very soon on the blog.  

How to Style Velvet

Although we've only shown you 2 new styles, fear not- we have plenty more velvet and brass newness in the works! Let's just build up the courage to introduce this trend into our homes one step at a time. If, however, you're diving straight into the velvet scene, our Stylist has some top tips for you when it comes to styling velvet and brass in your home.    
  • Velvet is a very soft material with a subtle sheen, so contrast this with natural materials such as marble and wood. Marble is also a very luxe material, so pair with velvet for a modern, minimal and very luxurious interior.
   
  • Mix and match your metallics. Sticking to just brass can feel overpowering and a little dated. Instead, clash highly reflective metals with brushed finishes. Or maybe mix a brushed brass with a stainless steel.
 
  • If you opt for a brighter velvet, keep the surrounding colours neutral to really make your velvet pop.
   
  • Use textured throws and cushions with a graphic print over velvet sofas to avoid your home looking too twee and to add personality.
 
  • Choose muted or darker colours as these will last longer. A bright orange velvet sofa will look incredible, however, you want your furniture to last. Instead, choose a colour which has a bit more longevity and versatility to work in your home as you change over the years.  Dark blues and muted pinks work great in any existing interior.
   
  • If you really want your velvet to glisten, place in a room with plenty of natural light. However, avoid direct sunlight as this can cause bleaching.
 
  • Velvet is a tricky material to clean if you don't pick up any spillages right away. You can use warm soapy water and a clean cloth to mop up any spills. For bigger stains or those you don't get to in time, seek professional advice before attempting to clean the velvet yourself.
 

Coming Soon...

  Keep an eye out for our Velvet Buying Guide coming soon to the blog, full of tips and tricks to cleaning your velvet and how to keep it looking good as new! If you want to see more don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We'd love to see how you style our Velvet Furniture in your home! Don't forget to use #mydanetti in your photos!
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