Velour is a plain or patterned material, whose name originates from Latin villosus – standing for hairy – and French velour meaning fluff, velvet. Velour, plush, and velvet belong to a group of napped fabrics (fabrics with a piled surface). The nap is a delicate, soft layer on the fabric’s surface. It is formed in the process of weaving (velour) or finishing (scratched velour).
Exceptionally appealing, elegant, and pleasant to the touch, all fabrics from this group have enjoyed a long-standing popularity in the realm of interior design. Velour is fit for such styles as glamour, eclectic, industrial, or rustic. Thanks to its slightly uneven surface, it magnificently reflects light, which is especially effective with dark, saturated colours like navy blue, black, red, or bottle green. It is perfectly suited for upholstery, curtains, drapes, and textile decorations such as cushions and bolsters. However, its surface being delicate and prone to damage, the fabric requires proper handling. Our tips will help you avoid mishaps when using or working with velour.
How to prepare your workstation
Workstation needs to be carefully prepared. There should be no sharp items on the table as it is very easy to damage the inside of the material. Covering the table with a soft cloth before you start would be a good idea.
How to cut and sew velour decorations and upholstery
If you take a closer look at velour, you will notice that its surface seems light and shiny with the nap facing down, and darker with the nap facing up. It is crucial to cut and sew all pattern pieces with the nap facing the same direction. Otherwise, the differences in the way the nap runs will ruin the visual effect of the decoration or a piece of furniture.
Velour frays easily, so hemming is advised. Use a lining when creating window decorations. When upholstering furniture, sew in a lining between velour and polyurethane foam to prevent the nap being damaged from the inside.
How to maintain velour, chenille, synthetic nubuck
If you want to enjoy the beauty and good condition of napped fabrics, you need to take care of them regularly. As the nap folds with use (e.g. on seats), decorations and upholsteries should be steamed with an iron or garment steamer from the distance of 2-3 cm and brushed with a soft brush down the nap, until a satisfying effect has been reached. The activity should be repeated regularly so that dust and dirt do not accumulate on the surface of the fabric.
Never allow the iron to touch the fabric! It is best to dry-clean velour decorations at least twice a year.
Interior trends in 2017
Although minimalist and Scandinavian styles remain the dominant interior trends, we have been witnessing the renaissance of bold, saturated colours. Gold, turquoise, cobalt blue, navy blue, dark green, and cinnabar velour and velvet are tremendously impressive when used in interiors. They are a perfect match for copper and brass elements, very fashionable in recent seasons. As the newest fashion trends suggest, velour and velvet will be highly appreciated this year. These fabrics are making it back to catwalks, not only in evening attires but also in everyday clothes.