With compact shapes and cleaner lines, these new looks combine old-school tradition With a modern-country edge
Sit pretty on a formal sofa
be creative With fabric and add visual interest
with contemporary weaves and colours. A formal sofa can make a confident statement to any country interior. ‘Take the other elements you have in the room into consideration when picking out fabric styles and patterns,’ says Tricia Guild, founder and creative director of Designers Guild. For understated elegance opt for textural wool, felt or linen in calm, neutral shades to complement any existing natural stone floors or wooden beams. Whereas plush velvet in dramatic shades and bold patterns will bring a touch of glamour and highlight any period detailing.
size is key to creating a balanced interior.
Traditional styles, such as high-backed and scroll-arm sofas, have more generous dimensions than neater, modern boxy styles. Lynda Rowe, buyer for upholstery at John Lewis advises, ‘When choosing a sofa for any home there are a few things to consider: the comfort level, the seat height and what size sofa is best for you.’
it’s all in the detail.
Upholstery with button detailing, pleating and cord piping will add classic formality to a room in an instant. For a playful modern take on tradition, introduce trims in vibrant, contemporary shades. Choose your legs carefully, too – turned wooden legs on castors are classic in style, while simple pale wood alternatives will complement modern sofa shapes. You can also use classic designs to make smaller country interiors feel more spacious, as Sarah Massouh, founder of Willow & Hall, explains: ‘Traditional sofa styles commonly have wooden feet and fixed upholstery, which can be used to make the room appear bigger by drawing your eye to the floor and the space underneath.’
Roman three-seater sofa in Hunter Green Velvet, H82xw219x D91cm, £1,350, Perch & Parrow.