Green velvet: Moody and regal interior inspiration
Interior designer Victoria Bibby, from Bibby & Brady, says "green velvet is a colour and texture that will appeal to both men and women".
Look to pair it with brass, copper and wood – their hard surfaces contrast nicely with the softness of the material.
Velvet exudes luxury and elegance, so use it sparingly for an understated look.
Victoria suggests a green velvet occasional chair, throw or cushion, but for those who relish going all out, perhaps you could consider a velvet sofa – or two.
If you're upholstering furniture in velvet, be aware of the direction of the nap (the velvet's pile). The nap should run from top to bottom, so it's smooth when running your hand all the way down the front to the floor. This will ensure less abrasive pressure on the pile.
CHOOSE YOUR VELVET CAREFULLY…
Not all velvets are created equal, says Victoria.
A velvet made from silk, cotton and linen (or any natural fibre) will show wrinkles and pressure marks, but these velvets improve with age.
Viscose velvets recreate the luxurious look and feel of real velvet and are also hard wearing.
Polyester velvet is more resilient to fading and will show little wear.
- NZ House & Garden