New look for old sofa
How you can update your favourite furniture when redesigning a room
Every project is different. From creating floor layouts with lighting plans for complete homes down to just adding the finishing touches to a room, professional design advice can take even the simplest room to another level.
When my clients asked me to take a look at their almost complete snug there was already a feature wallpaper in place, a soft taupe paint on the other walls, a wood floor that runs through into adjoining room and glamorous taupe curtains had been hung at the patio doors.
The room was very functional but the clients were not happy with the sofa as it was old and the room lacked cosiness. After discussing the sofa we decided that it was very comfortable and the right proportions for the room and so re-covering was a better option than replacing.
To add interest to the sofa we picked a dark blue textured chenille for the frame and then a printed velvet for the seat cushions; this all layered very well in front of the existing palm leaf wallcovering.
Small glass-topped tables with bamboo style chrome legs that pick out the stalk pattern within the wallpaper were added either side of the sofa. Pineapple-based lamps with vibrant yellow shades complete the symmetrical back wall of the room and also add a pop of colour that was also repeated in the scatter cushions.
On the opposite wall the television sat upon a wooden cabinet against a painted wall. As a rule I prefer not to place two items of the same material directly on top of each other as an ‘almost match’ is worse than a clash in my eclectic design style!
We replaced the TV cabinet with a simple mirrored version that reflects the other textures in the room. Another of my little rules is to place TVs against a darker wall, not only do they blend in better when turned off but the picture is easier to watch when on.
In this room we chose a dark blue and silver wall covering to complement the feature wall. A leafy plant was placed in the corner to complete the wall.
The space between the TV and sofa was quite sizeable and this is where we added lots of texture, with a large fluffy bound carpet and a generous footstool that doubles up as a coffee table.
To complete the look a cover, painted to blend into the wall, hides the radiator and an abstract painting again repeats the zingy pop of colour. The overall design of the room is very simple but luxurious and this has been achieved with the careful layering of different textures.
It also shows how an old piece of furniture can be given a new lease of life to become a stunning centrepiece.
A room transformed