Choosing a new sofa? If there’s one item of living room furniture that’s definitely having a moment, it's the velvet sofa. It’s easy to see why, too. Featuring plush, tactile fabrics that are perfect for sinking into, as well as attention-grabbing colours ranging from hot fuchsia to deep green and just about everything in between, a velvet sofa is guaranteed to be a striking centrepiece in any living room.
What’s more, opting for a velvet fabric is a great way to give a classic design such as a Chesterfield sofa a more contemporary edge, while simple, streamlined styles will suit modern living rooms and traditional schemes alike.
As with any sofa, a velvet design is an investment piece, so make sure you choose a colour you’re confident you’ll still love in a few years’ time.
With a wide range of designs available, you’re guaranteed to find one to suit your living room design, style and budget. Take a look at our round-up of our favourite velvet sofa designs – and shop the look (at the bottom).
1. Add a pop of colour with a bright pink velvet sofa
Offset dark charcoal-grey walls with the vibrant Saturday two-and-a-half-seater sofa in Peony cotton matt velvet. Its show-stopping jewel-like colour ensures it’s definitely on our wishlist. Priced at £1,840 from Sofa.com.
2. Create drama with a darker toned velvet sofa
With its elegant button detailing and feather-wrapped seat cushions, this medium sized Happy Sofa in Clever Velvet Winter Sky offers an updated look on a classic design. The solid timber frame is guaranteed for 10 years, making it a great investment too. £1,9495 from Loaf.
3. Stand out with a burnt orange velvet sofa
Ideal for creating a striking focal point in a modern, neutral scheme, the burnt orange velvet fabric of this gorgeous Fenner sofa from Habitat ensures it stands out from the crowd. Priced at £1,600 for a three-seater design, it’s also available in five other velvet fabrics.
4. Give your living room a contemporary twist with blush pink
Swapping leather for velvet instantly gives a classic Chesterfield sofa a softer, more modern feel. You can find similar on-trend blush pink sofas at Debenhams.
5. Be on trend with a forest green sofa
Give a classic monochrome scheme a designer edge by adding one statement piece of furniture. This George sofa in Isla Mallard Velvet with dark oak legs stands out for all the right reasons. It costs £1,780 for a medium sofa from Neptune, and is also available as an armchair or a large sofa, and in six other velvet fabrics.
6. Need extra seating? Choose a velvet corner sofa
What’s not to love about this sofa? Comfy corner design? Check. Stylish button detailing on the seat cushions? Check. Plush fabric in a Gold cotton velvet? Check. Cosy bolster cushions at either end? Check. Basically, this Scott corner sofa from Made.com has got it all. It costs £1,799, and matching items are also available.
7. Looking for luxury? Go for a sofa with gold accents
Want a sofa with an extra touch of luxury? Combining a plush green velvet fabric with brass-capped feet and individually applied gold studs as detailing on the arms and across the front edge of the sofa, this Hatfield sofa is an elegant choice. Priced from £1,750 for a two-seater velvet sofa, Sweetpea & Willow.
8. Pick a velvet sofa with a stylish shape
With deep seats and sweeping curved arms, you won’t be able to resist sinking into the stylish Gertie Sofa from Made.com. Pictured in Vintage Pink Velvet, it’s a great buy if you are designing a living room on a budget. Also available in Seafoam Blue Velvet.
9. Invest in a timeless design
If you want a timeless design that won’t go out of style, this Eva sofa is just the ticket. Pictured in Isla Fox cotton velvet, it costs £2,250 for a medium sofa from Neptune. Also available as an armchair or a large sofa, and in six other velvet fabrics.
10. Go bold with a mustard yellow sofa
Add a splash of bold colour to your living room with an on-trend mustard yellow velvet sofa. Find the similar Slowcoach sofa at Loaf.
11. Keep it sophisticated
Give your scheme a sophisticated look with this elegant high-backed two seater sofa in Fern from Swoon Editions. It's available in 13 different velvet finishes and costs £622.
12. Opt for a classic button back sofa
With deep seat cushions that look this inviting, chances are that once you’ve sat down on this Truffle sofa, you’ll find it pretty hard to get up again. Handmade to order, it’s pictured in Real Teal Clever Velvet and costs £2,045 from Loaf.