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Velvet has been on-trend since before “on-trend” was even a term. Kings and queens have surrounded themselves with this luxurious fabric for centuries, and for good reason. Actually, Mark Riddle – a Design Associate at Room & Board Washington, D.C.  – gives me three good reasons. “Velvet has the unique ability to create rich hues, provide a soft spot to lay your head, and add textural depth to any room.” The good news is that updated weaving techniques and fabric content make velvet much more family-friendly, so it’s even easier to infuse it into your home. Check out a few modern ways to add this statement-making fabric into your space. (Hey, if it’s fit for royalty, it’s fit for us!)

Start small

“If you like the option of experimenting with color and texture at a smaller scale, try keeping your larger pieces of furniture more neutral, and adding pops of color and texture with pillows or ottomans. They can completely change the look and feel of a room for a much smaller investment than velvet furniture,” says Mark.

Mid-size accent pieces

We used to think of velvet as more of an autumnal or wintry accent but with such an array of bright colors, velvet looks great any season. From pale rose to deep emerald or mustard, there’s always a home for this classic fabric. Adding an accent or dining chair is an easy way to add drama to your space, without overtaking it.

Go all out

“Microvelvets and polyester velvets are great alternative to cotton and perform well against everyday living,” says Mark. And it makes them so much more livable for larger pieces of furniture, like a sofa or bed. You’ll love cozying up to the soft, plush feel.

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