Glam Velvet Interior

2018 Trends: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style

Glam Velvet Interior

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space.

Not only is velvet a timeless material, it also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior. And if you think velvet won’t work with your style, think again! Take a peek below for tips, tricks, and chic ways to make velvet work for your style.

The Look: Bold and Modern

Modern Velvet

If your style veers modern, stick to mid-century shapes with clean lines and no frills or ornamentation. Remember that mid-century modern is about texture and material so try pairing a velvet sofa with leather chairs or a velvet armchair against a bold-color wall or a graphic wallpaper.

You’ll also want to opt for velvet in strong, saturated tones, like warm reds, browns, earthy greens, and mustard yellows.

Where to velvet: One key piece, like a sofa or a chair.

The Look: Rich and Glamorous

Glam Velvet

This style is about a chic aesthetic infused with rich textures, so velvet is the perfect fabric to layer all over any glam living room. Try a tufted sofa in velvet or take an editorial approach and go with furniture sporting simple and sculptural shapes all upholstered in velvet. Anyone else feeling the India Mahdavi vibes?

Glam Velvet

And when it comes to colorful velvets, bold jewel tones are your BFF in a glam setting; mix ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst velvet accents and pillows for uber posh finishing touches.

Where to velvet: Anywhere and everywhere! The more velvet layers, the more lavish, luxe, and inviting it will feel.

The Look: Layered and Eclectic

Eclectic Velvet

When you’re going for an eclectic look that still feels welcoming, the most important thing to remember is to mix lots of different textures and materials together.

Eclectic Velvet

Try working velvet into your home this year alongside your macramé, rattan, marbles, and mixed metals. Keep an eye out for colors that collaborate with your current palette, rather than clash with it.

Where to velvet: One statement piece in velvet, such as a sofa, or several accent pieces, like a chair in a bold color or some velvet pillows.

The Look: Warm and Traditional

Traditional Velvet

You might not think there’s room for velvet in a traditional-style space since it’s a look that’s more timeless than trendy. But it’s still possible to make 2018’s it fabric work in your home.

Traditional VelvetLayer in velvet accents in neutral or muted colors, like forest green pillows or a soft gray sofa, to complement a leather chair or rich oriental rug.

Where to velvet: Accent pieces in neutral colors. Try also finding velvets with a more crushed and textured look to bring in some old-world charm.

The Look: Sleek and Industrial

Industrial Velvet

All about the raw materials, industrial enthusiasts might not think velvet has a place inside the clean-lined loft look.

But contrary to what you might think, velvet can actually bring an unexpected pop of warmth without straying too far from industrial roots. Not to mention velvet can also help break up the strong lines and angular shapes in industrial spaces.

Industrial VelvetStick to velvets in a cool neutral palette, such as slate, graphite, and blue, to maintain the pared-down industrial appeal.

Where to velvet: Try a pop of velvet with pillows or dining chairs for something unexpected that also adds warmth.

The Look: Elegant and Classic

Classic Velvet

If chic, sophisticated style and classic furnishings are what you gravitate towards, your options for velvet are endless.

Classic VelvetEnhance the elegance of this look with designs that have classic silhouettes rendered in velvet – we’re talking about chesterfield sofas, wingback chairs, x-benches and even pillows, but all in a soft, subtle palette of pastels and neutrals. The overall look will be a little more understated than glam, but just as polished and alluring.

Where to velvet: Keep to classic shapes for your furniture and give them a modern update with velvet upholstery. Think tufted velvet sofas alongside velvet drapes for a swoon-worthy interior.

The Look: Cozy and Rustic

Rustic Velvet Interior

For a room that’s all about coziness and warmth, velvet can play up your rustic space when it’s incorporated in the right way.

Rustic Velvet InteriorSteer clear of shiny velvets in bright hues and opt for crushed velvets with lots of texture and in warmer earth tones instead. Think warm yellows, burnt oranges, or rich browns. The focus should be on sumptuous velvets that’s more about texture and less about sheen.

Where to velvet: Start with accent pieces, like a chair or pillows, and if you’re feeling like you need a big dose of comfort to anchor the space, go with a relaxed-style sofa that doesn’t have any tufting or traditional detailing.

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A Year in Review: How Modsy Designers Wrapped 2017

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We asked our Modsy Designers for their best home design advice and what they’re resolving for 2018. Here’s what they loved from 2017 and how they are taking on the new year in style.

Our Favorite Trends of 2017

Mix It Up:

  • “I loved seeing designs include a tasteful mix of bold patterns and colors, rather than trying to be too matchy-matchy.” – Amy

Play With Plants:

  • “My must-have in every room this year was plants. I like that there has been a departure from the fiddle leaf trend and we are starting to see more climbing plants, succulents, and simple eucalypti.” – Joslynn

Get Colorful:

  • “My favorite new home design trend is millennial pink! The subtle hue is a great neutral and works beautifully when paired with true neutrals or even jewel tones.” – Erika
  • “I am really liking darker, jewel toned wall colors. I think this is a great way to add some drama without making a room look darker.” – Gretchen
  • “My favorite home design trend in 2017 was definitely the Jewel Tones! I love using pops of unexpected color in a space, to me it brings life and vibrancy to any room.” – Patrice

Bring In Texture:

  • “Velvet sofas and chairs. I love the texture they bring to a space, and how they can be styled to look casual or sophisticated.” – Belisa

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Our 2018 Home Design Resolutions (For You To Steal)

Get Personal:

  • My resolution this year is to personalize my space more. Any space can be made pretty but it needs heart and soul to truly be a great design.” – Amy
  • “I’m resolving to appreciate what I have, be inspired by my surroundings and to only bring things into my home that I truly love and intend to keep for many years to come!” – Tara

Update Your Space:

  • “For me, 2018 will mean updating my pillow covers so I can change them with the seasons. It’s a simple thing, but an easy way to make my living room feel different throughout the year.” – Gretchen
  • “My new years home design resolution is to create a dedicated office space! As of right now I have about 3 different quasi-office spaces in my home, but none of them are truly dedicated to office work. I am a firm believer in starting off the year with a renovation project, so I plan to take the plunge and turn one of the downstairs rooms into my own private office getaway.” – Patrice
  • “Get organized ASAP! For me, 2018 will mean getting rid of visual clutter via cute baskets and storage solutions.” – Allison

Take Your Time:

  • “My resolution is to relax and take the time I need to design my space. As a designer I see things everyday that I like and want to incorporate into my home. However, I know it’s not about what I like, but what I LOVE is most important, and finding things you love to fill your home happens naturally over time. Plus you get a more layered, lived in look this way which is the goal!” – Joslynn

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Lessons We Learned From You:

Modsy Designers have helped solve a lot of home design struggles this year. Here are the lessons we’ve learned from you, our fabulous Modsy customers.

Follow Your Muse:

  • “Don’t have anything in your home that doesn’t bring you joy.” – Katherine
  • “The best piece of home design advice I learned this year is that it is perfectly fine to follow trends in your home as long as it is something you love. I often find that people are hesitant to put something in their home because they are afraid it will go out of style the next year, but if you love it, it will stand the test of time.” – Erika
  • “It’s important to decorate your home in your style, and not anyone else’s.” – Brittanie

Style To Your Habits:

  • “If you’re a person whose style changes frequently, design your home with a neutral color base and add pops of color through decor. This will make changing your space easier (and less expensive) as your style changes.” – Ryen

Make Room For Life:

  • “Use your space! I think we often are too concerned with keeping our homes perfect that we become afraid to actually use them. Homes are meant to be lived in, not just looked at.” – Amy
  • “Sofas don’t necessarily have to go against walls. Floating a sofa in the middle of the room is an easy trick that makes your layout feel more elegant and intentional.” – Gretchen

Don’t Forget The Details:

  • “Sometimes artwork and rugs are the most vital pieces in a space.” – Micaela
  • “Break out of symmetry! Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy and try something wild like using chairs, trunks, or stools instead of nightstands or side tables.” – May
  • “Have at least one crazy-interesting piece in every room! I learned that there is nothing like striking up a conversation with guests over an amazing, one-of-a-kind artwork or decorative accent. Now I’m always telling people to try and bring something fun into their home.” – Patrice

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Good Things Take Time:

  • “Design your space right the first time around and don’t compromise on what you love or want. To me, this means it’s ok to take your time with your home design project and make purchases in stages. In the long run you will save money and you’ll have a home that makes you happy!” – Tara
  • “Don’t be afraid to buy what you love and get rid of piece that no longer suit you. Along your road of interior design, as you get older, you will be left with the pieces you love, and somehow they will always fit in your space!” – Ermelinda
  • “Don’t settle for something you don’t love. Fill your home with things that make you happy. You’ll love seeing them everyday.” – Allison

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