Why the world loves green velvet sofas: 6 designer rooms

The world has fallen in love with green velvet sofas. It isn’t necessary to expound the reasons for this crush – the depth of shades, the hint of glamour, the bold use of colour – so instead we’ve rounded up our favourite examples of how designers and stylists have used this core piece to create varying and unique interior schemes.

London apartment by Shanade McAllister-Fisher

Interior designer Shanade McAllister-Fisher’s one-bedroom apartment in West London was in need of a makeover when she bought it, but its tall ceilings, Georgian sash windows and key period pieces were a dream canvas for a new interior. Her green velvet sofa is a simple shape and the surrounding high walls are white and neutral, yet the dramatic deep colour and texture of the sofa really own the space.

The Fig House by Emily Henderson

The Fig House is an events venue in Los Angeles with expansive interiors styled by interior designer Emily Henderson. For the large lounge, Henderson opted for a quirky 1920s candy-coloured scheme, matching rows of candelabra and a wall of mirrors with a variety of coloured velvet settees and chairs. In centre place, a grand curved button-back sofa sits opposite floor to ceiling French windows. The green velvet grounds the room in glamour, whilst matching the colourful light-hearted appeal of the scheme.

Room captured by Martina Gemmola

This room captured by interiors photographer and stylist Martina Gemmola demonstrates how a bottle green velvet sofa perfectly straddles deluxe classical style and botanical jungle themes. Introducing tropical palm tree prints into a dramatic dark austere interior is balanced by the deep shimmering green of the velvet sofa. The play of light and dark set up by the bold floor tiles echoes in the prints of the cushions and the shadows of the sofa, so that the room appears like a Dutch still life painting – intimate, detailed, dramatic and soft.

Interior captured by Mark Bolton Photography

This interior shot by interiors photographer and stylist Mark Bolton is centred on one thing: a striking grass green tone. The shade of the sofa immediately draws the eye; it’s velvet material creates layers and gives depth to the colour, going from dark shadows to vibrant lime shades. The picture above mirrors the tone exactly and the Giacometti Leaf lampsahdes by Porta Romana on either side continue the grassy natural theme.

New York home by Ashley Whittaker

Another variant from the classic bottle green shade, the velvet sofa chosen for this living room is a bright yellowy chartreuse tone. The room was curated by interior designer Ashley Whittaker for a grand Upstate New York home. The space is awash with light, and the brightness of the sun is enhanced by the floral prints and natural motifs across the room. The sofa is upholstered in JAB Anstoetz velvet, and is the only block-toned colour in the room, creating a base shade to focus the design.

Marylebone apartment by Douglas Mackie

Interior designer Douglas Mackie’s own London flat has a soft palette of blues throughout. In the living room, the deep teal walls and mahogany browns create a sophisticated classical style. The blue-green velvet sofa blends smoothly into this pallet, but unlike the matte walls and deep browns, the velvet reflects the sunlight, adding a touch of glamour to a well-grounded scheme.

Living room by Brittany Watson Jepsen 

Brittany Watson Jepsen is an award-winning blogger of The House that Lars Built, whose crafts, style and interiors have become internationally popular. Her new velvet sofa is a deep forest green; styled with a geometric monochrome rug, fig tree plant and yellow cushion she has created a vibrant but relaxed room – combining classic features for an on trend aesthetic.

[Image credits: Apartment Therapy; Emily Henderson; Martina Gemmola Photography; Mark Bolton Photography; House Beautiful; Ideal Home; The House that Lars Built]

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