Interior Trends 2011 / 2012 – The Color of Velvet

A restored Antique French Sofa circa 1920 –

My first inkling that I was to be smitten with velvet came on a cold December morning when I lost my gloves before residential interiors class. Motivated by the image of a useless designer with frozen digits, I stopped at a TJ Max where I happened on a smashing pair of turquoise velvet gloves. They would have looked amazing anywhere – on Grace Kelly or equally so on my very spoiled cat, Kitty Borgia (so named for his unabashed tendency to repose on my Schumacher Mai Chiang Dragon chair, his stunning Siamese good looks, and the conspicuous consumption responsible for his cocker-spaniel-sized heft at 18 lbs and nearly 3 feet ). I received so many compliments (on the gloves, that is) that I stalked the same store the following season until the ruby red velvet gloves appeared. Ok, these were better than the Dorothy’s slippers! An obsession was born – withstanding even the certainty of unwelcome adornment of my styling velvet gloves in Borgia’s cat hair…

At the turn of 2010, I began to notice with some resentment that my obsession had been embraced by the design community at large – albeit through no influence of my own – velvet had become bigger than me….

My drug of choice – Couch’s Cezanne Turquoise velvet sofa with fuschia velvet pillows – YUM!

The Pantone Fashion Trends had begun springing from closet to velvet settee. My furniture wish list began to look as though it had been wall-papered with WWD’s spring color trends.

The WWD List – Sprng 2011

The Le Lavandou Armchair Le Lavandou Armchair – – one of my Favorite UK Shops!

And why not? Velvet is one of the best vehicles for transporting color, texture, a touch of glamor throughout your space. It’s timeless, chic, and crosses boundaries between genres of style looking just as smugly at ease on a Louis arm chair…

Louis style arm chair (Louis IX I think, but don’t quote me) in lush fuschia velvet and embroidery from Couch

…as cocooning a contemporary sofa.

Contemporary Velvet Couch – Houzz

The indulgent avoidant will caution you to design by the credo that less is more with velvet. My advise?  Sometimes the best way to stay out of the box is by going over the top. If you’re fearing mental images of velvet Elvis paintings, maybe you have never looked at a Tricia Guild room.

Berdini Damson Rug by Designers Guild – image by Designers Guild

Tricia Guild is about the never-ending love affairs between velvet, silk, opulent color and pattern. Her work is not about velvet, but if you want to get inspired to use it, she is the place to begin. She has allot that is instructional to share about color. Click on either image below to check it out:

Tricia Guild – Colors, Patterns, and Space – Hardcover

Tricia Guild Pattern – Using Pattern to Create Sophisticated, Show-stopping Interiors

For those of you who would like to get some of Tricia Guild’s sumptuous velvet accents or color at home, pick up a pillow or throw at! Click the image below…

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