Pre-industrial power looms, an involved production process gave velvet its reputation as a luxury good. While it’s not as difficult to make today, velvet maintains a lustrous rank in the fashion world as well as in interior design. A plush texture, glimmering sheen, and richness of hue make the fabric ideal for home appointments when the desired effect is one of sensuous sophistication. Add elements one at a time and watch your surroundings transform and become instantly richer. Whether you’re adding an oversized couch by Fendi Casa or a smaller piece, like a bench from Jonathan Adler, a little velvet goes a long way.
Makassar Ebony & Peach Candle with velvet packaging, $29; Available at www.candledelirium.com
Farnese Aragosta Two seater velvet sofa, price upon requestl Available at Fendi Casa Showrooms
Grey velvet armchair from the Harry collection by Eric Jourdan for Ligne Roset, price upon request; Available at lignes roset showroomsm
X tangerine velvet bench, $695; Butterfield Velvet Sofa in Navy Blue, starting at $3,500; BOTH Available at www.jonathanadler.com