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All You Need to Know About Buying a Velvet Sofa

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Antonio Wedral
All You Need to Know About Buying a Velvet Sofa

A common misconception about velvet sofas is that they are too difficult to maintain, too expensive and old fashioned, none of which is true. Velvet sofas are effortlessly stylish, sumptuously soft and making a huge comeback in homes across the nation. They add a touch of class and sophistication to your home and with many styles and colours available, you’re bound to find something to suit your decor.

We understand that buying a velvet sofa can be daunting, they do make quite the statement, but we’re here to help! Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about buying a velvet sofa.

Is Velvet Good for a Sofa?

Despite what some may think, velvet is an excellent choice of fabric for a sofa. When looked-after properly and maintained well, it can last you for years. Velvet is an extremely durable fabric, making it a great option if you have pets as it’s less likely to mark, crush or fade. They’re also a lot less difficult to snag because they have no loose threads or raised weaves. So, you can be pretty confident that your velvet sofa will stand the test of time and look just as amazing as it was when you first bought it.

Velvet Sofa Types

Of course there are plenty of velvet sofa types to choose from which include:

Velvet Corner Sofa

Velvet corner sofas are a great space-saving option and the perfect place to lounge comfortably for hours on end. From L-shape and U-shape corner sofas to symmetrical and chaise velvet corner sofas, the choices are endless.

2-Seater Velvet Sofa

For a cosy, comfortable style that’s suitable for smaller spaces, a 2-seater velvet sofa is ideal to sink into and relax for the evening.

3-Seater Velvet Sofa

If you have a bit more space to play around with and want something squishy and comfortable to stretch out on, then a 3-seater velvet sofa would be the best option for you.

Velvet Armchairs

Velvet armchairs are a great way to make a fashionable statement and add something unique to your room. Have a read of our contemporary and modern fabric armchairs guide for more information on how to style a velvet armchair.

Orange velvet armchair and grey sofa - Swyft

Velvet Ottomans

There’s nothing quite like sitting down and putting your feet up after a long day and a luxurious velvet ottoman will definitely help you to relax.

Blue velvet ottoman - Swyft Model 03

What are the Best Colours for a Velvet Sofa?

Velvet often comes in beautiful, rich colours and the natural sheen of the fabric only adds to its splendour. Here are some of the most versatile colours for a velvet sofa.

Green Velvet Sofa

When you think of a velvet sofa, often deep, jewel-toned greens come to mind first. A deep green adds warmth and is a very welcoming colour that will work wonderfully in neutral rooms. It also pairs well with other bold, dark colours such as aubergine or mustard shades.

Green velvet sofa - Swyft Model 01

Lighter green shades are also a fabulous option, especially if you’re choosing to go for an art-deco style living room. Paired with colours such as navy blue or pink could add sleek and modern vibes to your room. Alternatively, browns, yellows and oranges can create a lovely, earthy tone for bohemian style rooms.

Blue Velvet Sofa

While blue is a bold colour, it’s one of the easiest ones to work with as so many other colours complement it beautifully. Over the last few years, teal has been a very popular colour choice for sofas and in velvet, it works especially well as it’s shine can really brighten up the room. Paired with coral, gold or cream accents, a teal sofa is a striking choice that will add a point of interest to the room.

Blue velvet sectional sofa - Swyft Model 03

A dark, navy blue velvet sofa would be perfect for those looking to create a cosy but opulent space. The sheen of the velvet adds luxury to darker colours that other fabrics struggle to achieve, so a rich, navy velvet will definitely be an attractive feature. This colour also pairs brilliantly with pink, orange, green or lighter shades of blue.

Grey Velvet Sofa

The shine and softness that velvet sofas are known and loved for translate extremely well in grey shades. If you’re going for a monochrome colour scheme, a grey velvet sofa could be the perfect way to add texture and interest to the room to prevent it from looking plain and dull. Grey is a very calming colour making it ideal to use in your living room for a relaxed atmosphere.

Grey velvet sofa and ottoman

You can also easily accessorise a grey sofa with splashes of colours such as pink, yellow, blue, green or orange to lift the room. Take a look at our guide on what colours go with a grey sofa and how to style it for ideas to expand your colour palette.

How to Clean Velvet Sofas

Just like with any sofa, to ensure it looks its best and lasts for years, it’ll need to be properly cared for and maintained. Velvet sofas will require a hoover once a week to get rid of any dust, pet hair or loose dirt and the cushions will need to be plumped regularly for maximum comfort.

It’s impossible to avoid any spillages on your sofa unless you’re planning on never sitting on or using it. If you have young children around or you’re just a bit accident-prone, it’s highly likely something will spill and potentially stain. Whether it’s ketchup, juice, mud or lipstick the first thing to do is not panic. With Swyft, all of our velvet sofas are easy to clean to bring them back to life.

With any spillage, you’ll want to blot first. Apply water to the stain and blot using a white paper towel, do not use a circular motion or rub the stain as this will just make it worse. Just keep blotting until you can’t see the stain on the paper towel. Next, take a microfibre cloth, apply more water to the area and rub with gentle movements. For stubborn stains, use a white bar of soap and keep rubbing in circular motions until the stain is gone. Then just leave it to air dry. Simple!


Take a look at our velvet sofa ranges to find the perfect sofa for you and your home.

Also, check out our velvet stools, perfect to place in your hallway, dressing room or lounge to perch on.

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