Thursday 24 October 2013

Silk or velvet: Which is the best for a luxurious bedroom?

Your bedroom should be the most relaxing room in the house. This is the room where you should be able to shut out the rest of the world and devote some time to yourself, so why not give your bedroom a glamorous makeover with the most luxurious materials?

Luxury bedroom.
Both silk and velvet are synonymous with luxury and any room decorated with these fabrics will look very stylish. Beautiful fabrics can really add to a room: not only will they look lovely but they’ll also feel wonderfully sumptuous. These fabrics can be used in a variety of ways; you could simply use them as bed throws or you could have velvet curtains complemented by silk bedding. Some people have a sofa or chair in their bedrooms and there’s nothing more elegant than relaxing on a velvet covered chaise lounge at the end of a hectic day.

Bedroom inhabitants.
If younger family members invade your bedroom, make sure that they are aware that grubby fingers and velvet curtains don’t mix. A silk throw is relatively easy to clean and it will also give your bedroom a distinctive touch. If you are going for a neutral effect rather than a room with palpably feminine overtones you could always have a light coloured throw over a darker coloured duvet cover. If your room is decorated in light colours then try to achieve a contrasting look with a dark coloured velvet chair or sofa. Velvet curtains can look beautiful but they will dominate a smaller room, so silk curtains may be a better option.

Celebrity bedrooms.
Many celebrity bedrooms combine the two materials, and Ivana Trump has also added fur to the mix. Cindy Crawford’s bedroom displays elegance and taste with beautiful wooden bookshelves and an antique silk throw placed at the foot of the bed. Some stars have fabric-covered headboards and this is a stunning way of bringing additional colour to a room, especially if the rest of the space has been decorated in a minimalist style.

Finishing touches.
Curtains are a great finishing touch for a bedroom but you should remember that these soft furnishings should allow light in during the day and block it out at night. Some fabrics, including velvet, will fade if they are exposed to too much sunlight, so you should always make sure that they are well lined and do not face the sun. You could invest in some classy curtain ties to hold them back in the day.

Silk or velvet?
The fabric you opt for depends on your personal taste in addition to the shape of the room and the amount of natural light. A combination of both fabrics seems to be the best option and will look good in any bedroom. You could always have seasonal changes; perhaps a velvet bed throw in the winter and a silk throw in the summer. If you have these items in different colours you’ll also have a nearly new bedroom every season.

*  Guest post courtesy of Feather & Black *

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