Shop for velvet fabric Velvet fabric for style and elegance First published on 23rd May 2017 by Alice (Updated 3rd November 2017) Velvet fabric can be used in many styles of decor within your home. Different types of velvet fabric Velvet has a distinctive soft pile - the term velvet refers to the weave not the content of the material. Velvet fabric can be made from cotton, silk and polyester, linen, mohair and wool. You can also get a crushed velvet fabric which has its nap pointing in different directions so that it can appear to have a slightly wrinkled appearance. Velvet fabric in traditional schemes Velvet fabric is the perfect choice if you want a traditional look – it will give you a sumptuous and luxurious feel. Why not try using a plain velvet fabric for upholstery and a striped velvet fabric for curtains. Curtains look best full length and with a formal heading such as triple pinch pleat or goblet, to finish use tie-back to complete the formal appearance. You also need to make sure that your curtain track or pole can take the weight of the curtains and that they are fixed firmly to the wall. Shop for velvet fabric Using velvet fabric in contemporary settingsWhilst more suited to traditional schemes velvet fabric can be used in contemporary settings and modern homes. Use as an upholstery fabric on a statement chair to bring a wow factor to your room. Add floral curtains and cushions to keep the scheme current. This mixture of pattern and texture will give personality to a new house giving it an elegant and stylish finish. Gothic style If you like gothic décor then velvet fabric is great to use in these schemes. Look for rich colours such as aubergine, deep purples and reds and use for curtains or upholstery. Team with dark and ornate furniture. Walls should be painted in dark colours, floors could be tiled, like flagstones, or dark wood. Use all sconces for lighting or wrought iron chandeliers. This theme is well suited to dining rooms as it will add a touch of drama. Shop for cushions and throws Winter cosinessIf you want to add warmth to your winter design scheme then using velvet fabric will add instant cosiness. If you don't want velvet curtains then use your velvet fabric for cushions, choose colours that will co-ordinate with your existing scheme. As a finishing touch for extra cosiness add a couple of woollen throws to cuddle up in during the winter evenings.