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Velvet chairs are trendy now – what should I choose that won’t look dated later?

The question

I've noticed that velvet armchairs in purple and royal blue are trendy. I like the look, but are there certain colours and styles that won't look dated in five years?

The answer

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In the depth of winter, velvet is warm and inviting, but not so tempting in June or July. Over time, it probably won't look dated, but spills will spoil its lustre – velvet requires as much love and maintenance as your hair.

It's interesting that jewel tones such as blue and purple are popular because they perfectly suit the grey that's everywhere. A few years ago, chocolate brown accents partnered well with all that beige. And I once had a professor during the heyday of pink and turquoise who said that brown was a condition, not a colour.

The point: Colours come in and out of fashion, so pick one that pleases your eye and a style of chair that does the same. You'd do well to find an antique armchair that will look good for centuries, with a change of fabric every generation.

Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is an architect and interior designer. Follow her on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design dilemma? E-mail

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