There's nothing like a bit of velvet to bring a touch of opulence to your interiors. The rich textured fabric oozes glamour and – despite its elegant appearance – doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. For a subtle injection of sumptuous style that won't drown out the rest of your décor, consider the addition of a velvet armchair or two.
The best velvet armchairs offer equal parts comfort and style. They'll elevate your space while providing a relaxing spot to cosy up with a book or in front of the latest Netflix hit. Place one in your living room, a corner of your bedroom or home office to add character and bring your home to life. You could even purchase a matching pair to sit either side of a sofa or in two opposite corners.
Scroll on for some of our favourite velvet armchairs in 2023. There's something for every taste – from retro mid-century designs to more contemporary minimalist loungers.
Best velvet armchairs in 2023
Soho Home Arundel Armchair
This velvet armchair from Soho Home offers a contemporary take on the classic English roll arm, paying homage to the warm, rustic interiors of Soho Farmhouse. It's as comfy as they come, thanks to its deep-sit lounger shape and elongated back. Feather-wrapped foam velvet cushions provide ample padding for ultimate comfort while solid wood turned legs ensure stability and durability.
Made Cecil Accent Armchair
Boasting a smart silhouette that's reminiscent of classic mid-century styles, Made's Cecil armchair gives off serious Mad Men vibes. A durable solid oak frame provides support for an ultra-comfy deep sprung seat and feather-mix cushioning, while velvet upholstery and backrest buttoning adds to the elegant appearance. Choose from three rich jewel tones.
Jonathan Adler Goldfinger Lounge Chair
This slick '70s-style chair from Jonathan Adler epitomises old-school glamour. The combination of a polished brass frame with luxurious navy velvet button-tufted cushioning lends it a laid-back elegance that will bring effortless style to any room of the house, whether your style is retro or contemporary.
Graham & Greene Hanson Velvet Chair
With its sweeping arms, metal-tipped tapered oak wood legs and intricate rivet detailing, Graham & Green's Hanson Velvet Chair will add just the right amount of drama to your living room – or any room, for that matter. The strong high back and angular legs contrast beautifully with the organic shapes of the arms.
Loaf Swaggamuffin Occasional Chair
If you're looking for an ultra-plush armchair that you can sink down into and spend a cosy afternoon reading, look no further than Loaf's brilliantly-named Swaggamuffin chair. Handcrafted in England from a combination of feather, foam and fibre, it's a soft and squishy interior addition that you'll never want to get up out of.
Pols Potten Fauteuil PPno.2 Velvet
This contemporary velvet sofa from Pols Potten is stylish yet snug, with a deep set seat and rich jewel-toned hue. Integrate it into a space to add a subtle pop of colour. Its minimalist angular shape will complement most styles of décor.
Orla Kiely Linden Velvet Armchair
Orla Kiely's Linden Velvet Armchair draws inspiration from '60s and '70s styles, but is distinctively modern in its sleek silhouette. We love the neat leaf shaped arm and buttoned backs, which offer some welcome detail to the otherwise simple form. Choose from a wide variety of colours to suit your scheme.
Made Bobo Accent Armchair
For a velvet armchair with a bit of character, look to Made. The brand has collaborated with Spanish artist Omayra Maymó to create the Bobo Accent Armchair, a playful sculpture-like piece of furniture that's bold yet uncomplicated. It represents beautiful, carefully considered design as well as sustainability, thanks to its recycled velvet construction.