Finding the right sofa for your living is a little more complicated than walking into a store and picking one – unless you have a living room of palatial size that any sofa will look good in (if you do, can we come over please?). First, you’re most likely limited by size and will need exact measurements of your room. Then there are lifestyle considerations; you won’t want a silk upholstered sofa if you have kids or pets, for example. Then you’ve got your room’s decor to think of, and after all that, your own personal likes and dislikes.
Here’s a little guidance to help you along the way.
For Small Living Rooms…
It goes without saying that large sofas aren’t a good idea for small rooms. Even if you’ve measured the sofa and living room multiple times and you’re sure it will fit, consider the proportions before you take the plunge. Wide seats or armrests give the impression of a large sofa, and will dwarf everything else in your living room. Choosing a sofa with slim arms makes a world of difference, and allows for more seating space too. Believe it or not, a sofa with legs – even just a few inches – works wonders too, creating a sense of space and light in small rooms. If you can, stick to neutral colours as this accentuates light and space even further.
For Large Living Rooms…
A large living room obviously means you’ll have a wider selection of seating options to choose from. Your sofa can be used as the focal point of your interior scheme. Bold colours and large prints or patterns work very well – go as wild or as subtle as you like. Corner sofas are an excellent choice as they offer maximum seating space and can be used to section off a large room to make it feel a little more ‘homely’. You can also mix things up by adding in 2-seaters or armchairs in complementing colours or patterns. Larger proportions – i.e. wide seats and arms – will suit larger spaces better than smaller ones, and if you have the room for a recliner, there’s no reason not to go for i!
For Kids and Pets…
Homes with young children, boisterous pets, or those living a hectic lifestyle in general will find that leather sofas tend to last a lot longer than fabric ones (the same is true of rented accommodation, too). There’s still plenty of benefits to be gained from a fabric sofa of course, but when the chips are down, their greasy stains can be cleaned up much more easily on leather than on fabric. As well as being easy to clean leather is also tough and durable, and there’s an ever increasing amount of choice on the market regarding colour, leather type, leather quality, and more.
For Kid and Pet-free Homes
Households without kids or pets means that spills, stains, bumps and scrapes are usually a much less regular occurrence. So if you wish, you can opt for a more upmarket sofa since the risk of damage is lower. Genuine leather, light coloured fabrics and less practical styles are no longer off the table. It’s a real opportunity to make a statement with your sofa, even if you are faced with compact spaces or dark rooms. Just remember to consider your proportions, and choose your colours according to your room type. Dark colours recede and light colours expand, so for a room that needs some extra light, neutrals are best.