Nell Matzen - 22 Feb, 2019

How to bring velvet into your home on a budget

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The history of velvet is as rich as the textile itself. This luxurious fabric was first woven into existence by ancient Egyptians and has been popping in and out of trend ever since – from Victorian loveseats to Art-deco occasional chairs to 70s couches in earthy tones.

Velvet has crept back into our homes and wardrobes over the past few years and in 2019 you’ll be hard pressed to find a homewares collection lacking in the lush material.

We’ve rounded up wallet-friendly options for those wanting to glam up their decor with velvet, without breaking the bank.

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Velvet throw cushions

Throw cushions are the simplest and most cost-effective way to experiment with a trend. With some savvy shopping, you can change your décor as often as a Kardashian changes their hairstyle.

Freedom is an obvious go-to to nab some soft furnishings without re-mortgaging the house. They have a giant array of throw cushions in beautiful colours and interesting textures.

Fast fashion brand H&M has branched into fast homewares, which means you can pick yourself up a velvet cushion in this season’s hottest colours for the same price as your daily panini.

You can’t go past Ikea for affordable on-trend decorative pieces. Unsurprisingly, their range of velvet throw cushions is immense. There is something for everyone – a vibrant hot pink for the adventurous or a timeless floral print if you prefer a classic feel.

Velvet bedding

For those too sheepish to go all out and swathe their homes in velvet, dip your toe into the trend with some lush new bedding. The latest range of jewel tone, velvet doonas from Adairs will make any bedroom feel like it’s fit for a King or Queen.

Their affordable range of blankets and throw cushions will allow you to give your bedroom the royal treatment on a pauper’s budget. Either way, you’ll be dreaming of crowns and corgis in no time.

Australian retailer Temple & Webster are also offering up the velvet goods with doona covers starting at a very respectable $79. Available in a rainbow of colours – from lavender to nectar (an orange so vibrant it requires sunglasses) – they have catered to every style and every budget.

Velvet pouffes and ottomans

Lusting after a piece of velvet furniture but can’t justify the cost? An ottoman or pouffe will satisfy your urges and bring a pop of luxury to any room.

Luckily, you can find velvet versions of these surprisingly affordable pieces in almost every homeware collection. Adairs has a huge range of ottomans for almost every budget in a variety of timeless colours. The quilted styles are reminiscent of the velvet pieces of the Victorian era.

For the minimalists wanting to give a subtle nod to the velvet trend, Ikea’s Stockholm 2017 pouffe is available in red, muted grey or navy – perfect for adding a textural element to any home office or man cave.

For the extreme penny pinchers: Target’s $29 velvet ottoman comes in three gorgeous colours – Raisin, Green and Charcoal.


Velvet furniture

If you truly can’t part with the idea of a piece of velvet furniture, but your budget won’t allow it, there is still hope. Once again Kmart – Australia’s favourite budget homewares retailer – is here to make all your décor dreams come true.

Their current collection includes a stupidly affordable range of velvet-adorned furniture. You can get your hands on a velvet bench, occasional chair, ottoman, beanbag, dining chair, or even a bed head. And in true Kmart style, prices range from $8 to $79.

Words by Nell Matzen. Lead image source from H&M Home.

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