Velvet is hot in home décor thanks to the fact that it's elegant, refined and begs to be touched.

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Soft, rich, luxurious, glamorous. Velvet is all of this and more.

Velvet is a plush, elegant fabric that can add a touch of refinement to your décor. It is also a wonderful contrast material that helps to warm up a room. While materials such as leather are hard and may be perceived as cool, velvet adds warmth and comfort. Velvet can also help to add interest and depth to décor since it makes colors richer and begs to be touched.

And velvet love is spreading fast in the world of interior design. Big name designers are putting the fabric into everyday designs, with brilliant results.

Here are 10 tips for incorporating velvet into your home environment.

1. Consider incorporating an accent piece into your space, such as a bench. Benches are wonderful complements to a room, and a velvet style will shine whether as a place to sit or holding a leather tote.

2. Consider incorporating a velvet décor item in a bright, festive color. Velvet accents are perfect for where you may want to add a special pop of color, drawing the eye and increasing the depth of the color.

West Elm Velvet Applique Pillow Covers, $49 each
West Elm Velvet Applique Pillow Covers, $49 each

3. Mix velvet with other materials such as faux fur, leather or smooth fabric. Velvet is a naturally complementary material and can help to soften an overall look. Plus, mixed-media pieces are very on-trend for fall.

4. Look for interesting ways to incorporate velvet, such as wallpaper or other wall coverings.

5. Bring velvet into your bedroom. Whether in bedding materials, throw pillows or a velvet headboard, the soft material will help convey a feeling of calm and tranquility.

6. Layer your velvet pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix different color velvet elements, or use more than one velvet piece. For example, pair a velvet bench with a velvet pillow for layers of warm, cozy interest.

Crate & Barrel Aidan Velvet Sofa, $2,499
Crate & Barrel Aidan Velvet Sofa, $2,499

7. Look for complementary velvet furniture pieces to accent your décor, such as side chairs.

8. Consider using darker fabrics. One of the interesting and appealing aspects of working with velvet is being able to see the plush feel of the material, which is typically easier to notice with darker colors.

9. Consider adding embellishing elements to highlight velvet pieces, such as tufting or nail heads.

10. Purchase a large upholstered piece to make a bold statement, such as a sofa or chaise. No one will pass up a chance to sit on that cozy perch.