This sumptuous textile begs to be touched. It brings warmth, luxury and dare we say, a little class to a room. You can use it an upholstery fabric in a big way — on a sofa, for example — or downsize to chic coverings for matching cozy wing or club chairs in the living room or den, or for a formal look on dining room chairs.

Some treatments might be over the top and expensive — window treatments or even on walls — but how can you go wrong by changing out your throw pillows for Christmas red velvet ones? Velvet also plays nicely with other fabrics like linen and silk.

And because the fabric has nap, it eventually will take on an aged, worn patina.