One Velvet Sofa : Four Ways

If you’ve been round here for any decent length of time, you might know that I have a bit of a thing for velvet sofas, and I don’t think I’m alone. It’s unescapable that velvet is the fabric in vogue, with brands releasing new styles and colours all over the place. Without a doubt, the masters of this are Darlings of Chelsea, and over the years I’ve fallen head over heels for so many of their sofas.

Today I thought I’d do one of my favourite things, which is styling each sofa up, and I couldn’t resist picking the Galloway Chaise Sofa; I mean, how much do you just want to launch yourself into that corner?!

Darlings of chelsea grey velvet sofa

Galloway Chaise Sofa : Darlings of Chelsea | Coffee Table : Orren Ellis | String Shelving : Utility Design | Pink Tulipe No3 Poster : Desenio | Stoneware Vase : H&M Home | Gato Brass Floor Lamp : Swoon Editions | Parfeto Cushion Cover : La Redoute

Of course, I had to kick things off with the grey velvet; I have three grey sofas and a grey armchair in my home, as well as my grey kitchen, dining room and bedroom! I might as well change this blog name to “The Grey House”.

I thought this shade would be perfect for a bit of scandi styling, and I wanted to lighten the room up a bit with the things surrounding the sofa. The round coffee table looks the perfect size to slot in where the join of the corner sofa is,  and I’d pop on a few little stoneware vases filled with eucalyptus or flowers. 

If against a wall, I’d add some string shelves to the wall behind for some more scandi charm, paired with a light toned floral print, which could be in a white or oak frame to tie in with the shelving.  Of course, a floor lamp just to the side of the sofa is needed; paired with some white textured cushions, the corner of the sofa would make a perfect spot for some evening reading.

Darlings of Chelsea Navy Sofa

Galloway Chaise Navy Sofa : Darlings of Chelsea | Mustard Velvet Cushions : H&M Home | Pink Knot Cushion : Holloways of Ludlow | Zodiac Marble Coffee Table : Atkin & Thyme | Overlapping Diamonds Mirror : West Elm | Brass Planter With Stand : Audenza | Alseda Pouffe : IKEA | Nyborg Berber Style Rug : La Redoute

For the navy sofa, I wanted to style it with a lot of gold; I think gold on navy really pops, but I’ve added some neutral tones and natural materials to bring it down a little.

On the sofa, I’ve added mustard velvet cushions (I’d use at least two), but added a pop of pink with the knot design one. In front of the sofa I’d have this stunning marble coffee table, again adding some gold but the marble top cools it down. 

Having a relatively dark sofa, I’d add a large mirror above the sofa to bring some of the light back into the room. Paired with a large cream Berber style rug and a jute pouffe, I think this would be a great settling to really let the navy velvet shine.

Darlings of Chelsea pink velvet

Galloway Chaise Pink Sofa : Darlings of Chelsea | Rattan Side Table : The Little Deer | Gold Rock On Hand : Audenza | Blue Succulent Print : Desenio | Golden Horizon 2 Poster : Desenio | Pom Pom Throw : M&S | Hudson Gold Table Lamp : Cult Furniture | Morrocan Berber Pouffe : Etsy

Okay, you’ve got to bear with me on this one. When I look at this I feel a bit “meh”, BUT – imagine the room is navy blue. Better now?

Whilst the scandi lover in me is wondering why I’m not taking a white room, pink sofa, grey accessories and running with it, I felt like doing something a little different today. Something I’d do in my own home if I had the cajones, if you get me.

So after slapping some of Farrow and Ball’s finest Hague Blue on the walls, I’d add these two prints from Desenio. Again, I’m going for some lighter accessories to lighten up the navy too, so I’d add a rattan side table, berber pouffe and cosy knit throw into the mix. Pop in a gold table lamp and a gold hand, ’cause why the hell not, and we’re done!

Darlings of chelsea Galloway sofa

Galloway Chaise Green Sofa : Darlings of Chelsea | Faux Fur Cushion : Maison Du Monde | Minimal Ladies Arms Print : Society 6 | Never Let Me Go II print : Society 6 | Tripod Wooden Floor Lamp : Cult Furniture | Nova Antique Grey Rug : Modern Rugs | Medium Fiddle Leaf Fig : M&S | Industrial Storage Coffee Table : West Elm 

I was extremely tempted to do my usual of throwing in all gold everything, but I thought for my final sofa, I’d try a bit more of a relaxed, boho style.

Something like the grey, worn style rug adds a relaxed feel, and I’ve tried to stick to light woods to lighten the space up. I’m a bit obsessed with the West Elm coffee table; anything that doubles up as storage is a-okay with me.

And of course, there’s nothing more relaxing than some faux fur cushions and plants, and a fiddle leaf fig is my go-to for making a real impact on a space. I’ve added some minimalist line prints that I think go perfectly in the space too.

What do you think of the sofa and how I’ve styled each version? Let me know which one is your fave!

*This post was written in collaboration with Darlings of Chelsea, but all thoughts, words and attempts at styling are my own.

Catherine McCourt

Catherine McCourt is the editor of Hey, Mama, a parenting, interiors and business blog designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget and a kick-ass career whilst you’re at it.



  1. August 19, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    I really like theses colour palettes, very chic and elegant ! I have a thing for velvet furniture too… mine are for chairs and cushions 🙂

  2. August 20, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Always a fan of velvet and Darlings have some crackin’ sofas! Green gets my vote, but you probably guessed!

  3. August 20, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    I desperately want a velvet sofa, maybe a burnt orange. Great ideas here!

  4. August 22, 2018 / 6:32 am

    Such a beautiful sofa and fab styling options!

  5. August 22, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    I really liked the teal version of styling (if I had to choose one!) – I love velvet personally and feel that it ages very well, much better than other fabrics.

  6. August 25, 2018 / 9:12 am

    What a fun post. I love how youve styled them all. Im a bit torn between the pink and the blue scheme.

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