Sofa, so good

Is a new sofa on your in­te­ri­ors wish list? It may be a daunt­ing task but LESLEY TAY­LOR ad­vises that a bit of prepa­ra­tion will go a long way…

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR HOME -

RARELY does it get the same praise as a beau­ti­fully cu­rated pic­ture wall or a new kitchen in the most on-trend of hues, but the sofa could very well be the home’s most im­por­tant as­set. Af­ter all, it’s a place to un­wind af­ter a day at work, some­where to share tears and laugh­ter as you snug­gle watch­ing the lat­est box set with a loved one, and of­ten, it’s the cen­tre­piece of the home’s liv­ing space. It’s safe to say, the hunt for a new place to park your pos­te­rior is a pretty im­por­tant task. But pick well and not only will it be a haven for some post-work re­lax­ation, it will take cen­tre stage in bring­ing your home’s in­te­rior scheme to life.

RE­SEARCH AND PLAN

“BUY the best you can af­ford” is some­thing I tell all my in­te­rior de­sign clients when it comes to buy­ing es­sen­tial items such as a sofa or a bed, and know­ing ex­actly how much you can spend from the start of the search process will help make your sofa dreams a re­al­ity.

Once you know your bud­get, con­sider what type of sofa you want. Do you want a clas­sic sofa, some­thing mod­u­lar so you can play around with the lay­out or per­haps a cor­ner sofa to break up a large liv­ing space? If space is tight, an over­sized love seat may be more suited.

Speak­ing of size, it plays a huge role when it comes to pick­ing a new sofa. Some liv­ing ar­eas will be large enough to al­low room lay­outs to change from time to time, whereas oth­ers will be more suited to a set style.

Mea­sure, mea­sure and mea­sure again the space you are ear­mark­ing for your new sofa. And re­mem­ber, al­ways al­low for a lit­tle gap ei­ther side of your sofa so it isn’t flush against the wall. Leav­ing an inch or two on all sides be­tween your sofa and wall, al­low­ing light and air to en­velop it, will make the space feel and look big­ger than it ac­tu­ally is.

STYLE MAT­TERS

FROM the clas­sic styling of the Ch­ester­field to the more mod­ern Mid-cen­tury in­flu­enced pieces, there is a sofa style to suit ev­ery dé­cor.

The key is to pick some­thing you are go­ing to love for a very long time, be­cause un­like a new coat of paint or a fea­ture wall up­grade, chang­ing your sofa with the sea­sons is go­ing to prove ex­tremely pun­ish­ing on the bank bal­ance.

Con­sider your home’s sig­na­ture style and look for so­fas to com­ple­ment this dé­cor. Search for in­spi­ra­tion on sites like Pin­ter­est and con­sult end­less home mag­a­zines – there may be some sofa styles you hadn’t even thought of which will suit the room.

If you love the way your home looks and feels – and have done for some time – the same will hap­pen with your new fur­ni­ture.

Al­ter­na­tively, if you are look­ing to re­vamp your home com­pletely, a sofa can be the per­fect piece of fur­ni­ture to build a look around.

Al­ways look at your sofa op­tions along­side floor­ing, cur­tains and wall­cov­er­ings – even if you’re not yet ready to com­mit to these items. The sofa is an im­por­tant el­e­ment within a room, but it is that, an el­e­ment. You must feel sure you are go­ing to love the other things that will co-or­di­nate with the sofa you choose.

CON­SIDER THE FIN­ISH

FAB­RIC and leather are your two op­tions when it comes to sofa cov­er­ing. Both have plenty of ben­e­fits but ul­ti­mately, it’s a very per­sonal de­ci­sion based on what you pre­fer to rest your weary legs upon.

What I would say though is order sam­ples of any fab­rics you like the look of and place them where the sofa is go­ing to be. This way you can see how it looks in nat­u­ral day­light, how it plays with your room’s main light and any other lamps.

Some­times, a fab­ric can look very dif­fer­ent away from the bright lights of a fur­ni­ture show­room.

And fi­nally, do not for­get the ‘sit’ test. A sofa might look amaz­ing but if it doesn’t feel right don’t bother. This is the place where you’re go­ing to re­lax and recharge and if isn’t comfy, no amount of scat­ter cush­ions will save it.

Lesley Tay­lor BIID is Lead De­signer at EDIT Home and De­sign (edithome­and­de­sign.co.uk)

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