This is a post from Cobi Ladner - one of Canada's leading decor icons.  I spoke with her recently at the Toronto Gift Show and wanted to share her take on velvet drapes.

national velvet

Posted by Cobi on Monday November 04, 2013 at 08:54 AM 
If you’re into decorating, certain magazine pictures stay with you forever. One like that for me, was the House Beautiful feature of The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Gartner’s Manhattan apartment, with pumpkin orange velvet drapes (yes, I know I’ve mentioned them before ; ).

INa's orange drapes

I also always loved this shot in Domino magazine with the massive emerald green drape in front of floor to ceiling bookcases - so dramatic!

green velvet drape

There’s a luxury that comes with a huge swath of velvet fabric, whether in brilliant colour like turquoise or deep purple…

turquoise drapespurple drapes

Or neutrals like soft olive, elegant oyster or butter cream…

 velvet drapes

 oyster drapeswheat drapes

 Velvet is such a great way to bring big colour into a room.  Here are four saturated, yet very liveable colours…

velvet drape - indigo  velvet drape - mouse

velvet drape - citrine  velvet drape - aubergine

Line your drape with a colour- matched sateen that looks elegant from outside the home if used on the back and just as beautiful inside when turned to the front:

velvet drape reverse - aubergine

Velvet drapes are just bloody gorgeous - there’s no other way to say it. And if we have to put up with winter in Canada we might as well do it in style!

cream drapes

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