By Matthew Hacke | Photographs by Michael Fornataro, from Hot Skwash

From the touchable texture to the striking tones of color when the light hits at different angles, velvet is our favorite fabric for home décor projects and sprucing up any room this fall. “Velvet has such a rich, tonal range for being a solid color textile,” says John Gurman, co-owner of LOOM Exquisite Textiles. “It really adds an interesting texture and depth of color into a space.” Kym Pelcher, owner of Splurge, explains the phenomenon is caused by the fabric’s tight weave, lending itself to deep, vibrant colors. This plush textile works well when used to update upholstery, or even just to elevate the look and feel of a tablescape. “Adding velvet into an entertaining situation can create a soft edge to a table setting of metal pieces and china, and break up the ho-hum of predictable table covers,” continues Gurman. Try incorporating velvet pillows — like these from Barberry Handmade! — into a seating area, too. It creates a comfortable and inviting space to host post-dinner conversations and cocktails. Plus, as Pelcher adds, “There’s nothing quite as soft as velvet.” We could not agree more!

LOOM Exquisite Textiles, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. loomshowroom.com. Splurge, 1109 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242. splurge-shop.com. Barberry Handmade, 419 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8297. barberryhandmade.com.

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