7 of the best velvet armchairs

Velvet was once an exclusive material only reserved for the rich and famous, but the luxe material is making a comeback to our daily homes in the shape of luxurious armchairs.

Everyone loves a good armchair to sink into at the end of the day or curl up with a cup of tea. The experience is especially indulgent when leaning into the soft, plush feeling of velvet which has become a statement material in many households.

Commonly chosen in dark, art-deco emeralds and navy, the velvet armchair offers a sense of opulence and exudes a soft richness into any space. If you're interested in adding this piece to your home or just need a bit of inspo, here are some of our favourites:

Art-deco in rich red 


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It comes as no surprise to hear that this sitting area is in Fendi's private Italian suites. Keeping the background interior simple, pale and elegant allows the deep, richness of the ruby red velvet to bring a sense of warmth and luxury to the room.

Statement emerald green

The beauty about velvet is that it balances light so well, the material almost appears to have a shine to it in different angles. This is one of the reasons why dark colours and tones like this deep emerald work the best in velvet out of paler colours. 

Modern spin


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The art-deco style wears velvet the best, however this modern take of the style captures mid-century trend perfectly. The pale, pastel blue of the velvet gently compliments the muted shine of the rose gold swivel, and keeps the design simple, strong and sophisticated.

Grandfather chair


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You'd expect to see this sturdy chair in a mahogany office or in a smoker's lounge, but the classic nature of the vintage style lends itself to any decade. Best suited to a living room in front of a cosy fire, the deep-coloured velvet of this big, hugging chair exudes indulgence and ultimate comfort.

Scalloped classic


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An ode to the golden Hollywood era, this scalloped style is the classic of the velvet armchair. Featured in old Hollywood films, the richness of the velvet exudes the glamour and elegance of this era and works in almost any colour. 

Mid-century take


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Not all velvet chairs have to be over-indulgent, as this chair proves. Using velvet on a simple or mid-century design offers that slight bit of character, so as to support the furniture in the space and not overpower it. 

French touch


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The French have always paved the way in style, and their famous chaise lounges are a piece of furniture that have remained an item of relaxed luxury for centuries. With delicately hand-crafted timber trimming, the velvet apholstery to these classic chairs are something of beauty. 

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