So, you're choosing a new sofa, right? 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.
Why pick a velvet sofa?
Where to buy a velvet sofa
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 wish list. Priced at £1,656 from Sofa.com.
2. Create drama with a darker toned velvet sofa
With elegant button detailing and feather-wrapped seat cushions, this medium sized Happy Sofa in Clever Velvet Winter Sky from Loaf offers an updated look on a classic design. The solid timber frame is guaranteed for 10 years, making it a great investment too.
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 around £1,440 for a three-seater design, it’s also available in six 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 £1,930 for a medium sofa from Neptune, and is also available as an armchair or a large sofa, and in eight 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 £1,045 for a two-seater velvet sofa, Sweetpea & Willow. Or, just opt for a gold velvet sofa.
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. Pictured in Vintage Pink Velvet, it’s a great buy if you are designing a living room on a budget as it's just £399. Also available in Seafoam Blue and Dufrene Moss 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 £2,410 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
Whether your scheme is neutral or a little more dark and atmospheric, opting for an on-trend mustard yellow velvet sofa is an easy way to add colour, depth and interest to your living room.
Find the similar Slowcoach sofa at Loaf for £1,195, and choose from clever deep velvet, vintage velvet and plush velvet.
Yellow caught your eye? Browse our pick of the best yellow sofas for more stylish designs.
11. Keep it sophisticated
Give your scheme a sophisticated look with this elegant high-backed Fitz two seater sofa in Fern from Swoon Editions. It's available in 13 different velvet finishes and costs £669.
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 £1,445 from Loaf.
13. Give in to a classic grey sofa
Just in case you are new around here, as hard as we try to be more adventurous in our interiors, the Real Homes team are BIG fans of grey . So it should come as no surprise that a velvet grey sofa is at the top of our lust list.
We have a particular soft spot for the Made Scott sofa. The sleek silhouette clean and square lines give a subtle nod to Mid-century design that's bang on-trend, plus everyone on Instagram has it, so naturally, we want.
If you love a grey sofa as much as we do, check out more of the best grey sofas.