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Velvet sofas have found their way back into our living rooms. Once thought of as formal, velvet sofas and chairs had a renaissance in the 1960s when global decor was hot and earth tones ruled.
Your velvet sofa can be a statement piece that you decorate around, rather than a predictable staple in your living room. This is your chance to lose the beige couch and dated accent pillows. The new velvet sofas are often rich with jewel tones like royal blue and emerald green, but pastel colors are popping up in our living rooms, too. Here are some of our favorite velvet sofas in luscious colors:
Velvet Sofas in Jewel Tones
A velvet sofa in a jewel tone doesn’t have to be formal (unless you want it to be). The styling and shape of your sofa is the determining factor in how it will fit with your decorating style. Clean lines in any fabric are perfect for mid-century modernor contemporary style, while soft sofas that sink in when you sit are a natural choice for boho or global-chic rooms. More traditional styles like the classic Chesterfield sofa can work in a variety of decorating styles, not just formal spaces.
Gertrudes Chesterfield velvet sofa in Navy, by Willa Arlo Interiors, is a focal point for a simple living room. The sofa’s silver nailheads highlight bright metallic accessories. Image:Wayfair
The Harcourt Chesterfield Sofa in purple is a bold color choice for your living room. Image:All Modern
On-trend brass legs give the Avec emerald green sofa contemporary flair. Image:CB2
Pretty Pastel Velvet Sofas
We can’t hide our love for today’s pastel colors in decorating. The pastel trend is still going strong and is showing signs of joining ageless neutrals in our homes. It’s okay to treat your pink or pale blue sofa as a neutral, adding saturated accent colors to complete your palette. The popularity of brushed gold and copper lighting and fixtures makes them a stylish match for these softly-colored fabrics.
The Gilmore Chesterfield Sofa in turquoise blue is an easy addition to your living room and works in any decorating style, from beach-inspired to modern farmhouse. Image:Wayfair
It’s easy to fall in love with the Kendall velvet sofa in blush pink. (We have.) Image:World Market
The Leonelle slub velvet sofa in Rosewood has a comfortable vintage style. Image:Anthropologie
Velvet Sofas in Rich Neutrals
Do you love the idea of velvet, but think it may be too fancy for your living room? Look for a neutral sofa that fits into your color palette. While neutrals are a simple way to provide a backdrop for your favorite accent colors, you’ll want to order or bring home several fabric swatches to make sure you find the right one. Neutral colors can be warm or cool, so they’re not completely interchangeable in any color palette.
Let the Derrill velvet sofa in Sky Neutral be your decorating canvas with colorful accessories and accent furniture. Image:Birch Lane
The Bea Chesterfield velvet sofa in grey is a new twist on a classic. Pair with pastel accents for a totally updated style. Image:All Modern
Featuring contemporary lines with mid-century modern features, the Roddy velvet sofa in Royale Apple velvet is a versatile sofa choice. Image:Joybird
Vibrant Velvet Sofas
A richly-colored velvet sofa is definitely a statement piece in your home. Your vibrant velvet sofa will be the main accent color in your palette, so you’ll want to add neutral accessories (including black and white). We love the look of bold artwork that picks up the color of a statement-piece sofa for a curated look.
The Kittrell Chesterfield velvet sofa in vibrant pink is a stunning accent for a white and gray living room. Image:Wayfair
Get comfortable mid-century modern style with the Matrix Yarrow Gold sofa. Image:Article
The clean lines of the Club velvet sofa in Rust are just right for a contemporary room. Image:CB2