New look for old sofa

How you can up­date your favourite fur­ni­ture when re­design­ing a room

EDP Norfolk - - Business - Lanas­sir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

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

In tran­si­tion

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