Add a Touch of Luxury with Velvet Curtains
Considering redecorating your home with velvet curtains? The drapery you choose can completely transform the look and feel of your room. Velvet drapes are an excellent choice for adding a touch of luxury and sophistication while also providing practical benefits.
To help you decide if velvet curtains are the right choice for your space, first learn about the history of velvet and the benefits of choosing velvet for your drapery. Then learn how to choose the right velvet fabric and customize them to suit your liking and your needs.
A Brief History of Velvet
Velvet has a long history, with pile weaves of silk and linen that resembled velvet being made in ancient Egypt and China since about 2000 BC. In the Middle Ages, thanks to the Silk Road trading route, velvet made its way to Europe where it became popular and began to be more widely produced. Originally, velvet was made primarily of silk, and due to its traditionally difficult manufacturing process, velvet was considered a luxury item and was reserved for the wealthy for centuries. Over time, velvet has evolved to be more accessible thanks to more affordable fabrics, like cotton and synthetics, and industrial advances in weaving. While originally used for clothing, velvet has a wide use of applications today including fashion, furniture, drapery, décor pieces and more.
Are Velvet Curtains in Style Today?
Velvet is a timeless, versatile option that adds depth and dimension to any room. Current curtain trends are leaning away from dramatic, formal, and heavy curtains and leaning into lighter options like linen and cotton. However, it’s important to consider the style of your home to determine the best type of curtain for your space. For homes with a touch of opulence to their design, such as traditional, classic or even modern glam homes, velvet curtains are an excellent choice.
Why Choose Velvet Curtains
Velvet curtains offer several benefits, including:
- Delivers a luxurious, opulent look to elevate your design.
- Add lots of depth, dimension and texture to your space with its soft shimmer.
- Creates a sense of coziness and warmth with its thick, soft fabric.
- Provides good insulation, especially when paired with lining, to keep cold air out in the winter and cool air in during the summer.
- Sound-absorbing for calmer, quieter space, especially when paired with lining.
- Light blocking, thanks to thick fabric, although for a true room darkening effect, add blackout lining.
- Low maintenance when you choose velvet curtains made from synthetic fibers like polyester or from hardy natural fabrics like cotton.
Velvet Fabric Options for Curtains
When it comes to choosing velvet fabric for your curtains, there are two primary options from The Shade Store: Posh Velvet and Velvet. Both options come in a range of timeless and modern colors.
Customizations for Your Velvet Curtains
Once you have chosen your velvet material, you can customize your curtains to fit your style and needs. There are three elements you will need to consider: pleat style, hardware and lining.
Maintaining Velvet Curtains
Maintaining your velvet curtains is relatively easy. Routinely vacuum your drapes with a low-suction, handheld vacuum to remove surface-level dust and dirt and keep them looking their best. For deep cleaning to remove stains and embedded dirt, we highly recommend you find a local window treatment cleaning specialist, many of whom can deep clean your velvet drapes without taking them down. If you can’t find a window treatment-specific cleaner, many carpet cleaning services offer this service.
Velvet Curtains Inspiration
With a better understanding of the benefits of velvet curtains and your material options, you’re ready to explore inspiring examples to get ideas for your own interior design.
Modern Luxe Chalet-Inspired Sitting Room
Chalet interior design is all about bringing the outdoors in. For a modern, luxe take on this classically rustic, cozy design style, mix textured worn wood with sleek modern finishes, such as a dark wood-framed chair with a round white coffee table. Tie the two together with a white cushion on the chair to match the table and greenery on the table to bring an organic element to the table. Since chalet-inspired interior décor has its foundations in ski resorts, warm colors and textures are essential. Stick with an earthy color palette like browns, blues and greens and choose materials with a soft, inviting texture. Velvet curtains in a light brown color like Velvet in Antique will complement other warm, soft textures in the room like velvet furniture or faux furs.
Traditional Georgian Office
Georgian interior design is a classic, elegant style with a touch of grandeur, that takes its inspiration from the architecture of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The style emphasizes symmetry, warm, dark colors and somewhat restrained ornamentation for a luxurious, yet inviting look. For a study done in the Georgian style, velvet drapes in a soft cream color, like Velvet in Cream, will blend into the warm color scheme and offer a subtle sheen that adds texture without being overbearing.
Modern Glam Living Room
Glam interior design is a unique combination of opulence and functionality. It grew out of the “Golden Age” of Hollywood during the 1930s and is also known as Hollywood regency or regency modern style. Glam interior design champions a neutral color scheme featuring white, creams, grays and black with either pastels or dark jewel tones used as accents. The style also has a love for texture and shine, with metal finishes, large mirrors and luxurious fabrics like velvet, silk and furs making regular appearances. For a modern glam living room, velvet curtains in a warm neutral, like Velvet in Antique, make the perfect backdrop. Layer other warm, soft textures in your room like a neutral satin couch and soft medium pile rug. Complete your space with
Find the Perfect Velvet for Your Space
Velvet curtains are a timeless and elegant addition to any home. Their versatility, beautiful texture, and practical benefits make them an excellent option if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your space. To choose the right velvet drapes, order free swatches of your favorite colors from either our Posh Velvet or Velvet collection. Compare the colors, textures and feel of each to determine the perfect match for your space.