With com­pact shapes and cleaner lines, these new looks com­bine old-school tra­di­tion With a mod­ern-coun­try edge

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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.

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