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Just a little crush; Velvet is back in our homes. The soft and rich fabric can be classic or contemporary - but it's always decadent.

Make it work for you

With velvet, less is more. Pick out key pieces in the room and you'll achieve a look that's timeless and elegant. Window blinds and curtains are a great way to bring in the trend.

The rest of the room should be kept simple and neutral so the showstopping fabric can take centre stage.

Silk or velvet cushions and throws create depth and interest, but make sure all the colours are of a similar tone.

You may think velvet is expensive, but modern materials using combined fabrics come in at a fraction of the price, meaning velvet is now affordable.

With window dressings for bedrooms you can't go wrong with Roman blinds - the soft folds of fabric are very feminine and won't go out of fashion. You can also 'double dress' windows with Roman blinds and curtains. Velvet is heavy, so drapes beautifully, framing the windows perfectly.

Use matching fabric tie-backs on the curtains, or for extra opulence, try jewelled or crystal detailing.

When it comes to artwork, again keep pictures simple and unfussy, and just choose something that picks out a colour detail from your scheme.

A wrought-iron bed will add to the feeling of grandeur in the room.

KEEPING WOOD/LAMINATE FLOORS SHINY

REGULARLY sweep with a soft bristle brush or dust mop to clear dirt and debris, and keep marks and scratches minimal.

ONLY use products that are designed for the floor you have - some products can make hard floors slippery, or dull wooden floors. A bit of vinegar in water can prevent spotting.

A WET mop can cause water to seep into the floor, and damage it. Only use a damp mop or cloth and dry off residue quickly.

USE stick-on felt protectors under furniture to prevent marks and scuffs on wood or laminate floors.

Lalique boxed canvas, PS30, Dunelm Pre-washed linen duvet cover in taupe, PS69, La Redoute Collection Cara velvet lined curtains, PS54.99, Argos Scented candles in holder, PS4.99 each, H&M Elega Fuschia Roman blinds, from PS113, Stylestudio.co.uk Esmae Recycled Glass Vase, PS15, Barker & Stonehouse Milano bed, PS164.99, Bedroomworld Tewkesbury lamp table, PS179, Dunelm Large purple velvet cushion, PSLarge velour red cushion, PS10, Matalan Paoletti Cotswold woven fringed throw in blush, PS19.95, Linens Limited Cotton Bolls watercolour painting, PS19.84 for set of 2, Etsy.com

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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