If you have made the decision to purchase a new sofa, you may be a little overwhelmed at the possibilities. From knowing which style of sofa would look ideal in your home to having a wide array of colours to choose from, purchasing a new sofa can be a stressful endeavour. But it doesn’t have to be! Below are a few tips for choosing the best sofa for your home, and ensuring that it compliments your room for years to come.
Reserve enough time to search
Buying a new sofa to impress the in-laws is not going to go well if you wait until a week before their arrival to start searching for a new one. Picking the perfect sofa takes time, so allot yourself the proper amount of time to find the best one. Go to your local furniture store (feel free to visit ours!) and take a look at the types of styles and colours offered. You probably won’t find the perfect sofa during your first visit either – but that’s okay!
Know what you want from a sofa
You probably have some idea regarding what type of sofa you actually want to purchase. Create a checklist of features you prefer your sofa to have – even down to the smallest detail! If you want a sofa with a leg rest, write it on the checklist. If you want a sofa that will still look great even after your children have been jumping on the cushions for years, write this down as well. Finding the perfect sofa is all about what you want to get out of it, and if you take the time to detail exactly what you are looking for, you’re bound to find the perfect sofa.
Assess your room’s décor
The most comfortable and attractive sofa in your local furniture store is going to look out of place if the sofa doesn’t match the other décor of the room. A room with a casual décor will look odd with a modern-styled sofa, so keep in mind what type of décor you have in the room. Take a few pictures of the room’s décor before searching, and use these photos to find a sofa that compliments the room.
Test drive different styles
If you are unsure of the style of sofa you want for your home, finding the answer starts with testing different styles. Try them out in a manner that you would use your sofa at home. For example, if you usually lie on your back and watch television on your sofa, lie down in different positions to see if the sofa is comfortable for you.
Consider the height and depth of the sofa as well. If you find it hard to get out of the seat of the sofa, consider purchasing a sofa with a shallower seat. Moreover, consider what’s actually comfortable to you. Do you prefer a sofa you can sink into, or do you prefer your sofa to be firm? Again, find the best style that suits your needs – and that starts with trying out various sofa styles.
What type of fabric?
The perfect sofa style doesn’t mean anything if the upholstery is bothersome. You may find a sofa style that’s comfortable and relaxing, but if you hate the sound of leather when adjusting your weight or uncomfortable to sit on, you’re never going to truly love your sofa. Test different fabrics and see what works for you. Do you prefer fabrics that feel slick, or do heavily textured fabrics feel more relaxing to you? Find what works for you.
Also know that all fabrics are not created equally. Some fabrics will wrinkle easily or stretch, resulting in a sofa that’s difficult to maintain for a long time. If you don’t mind applying some TLC to your sofa for years to come, this will be a non-issue, but if you want to plop your sofa into your home and enjoy it for years to come without having to maintain it, you will want know exactly how well the fabric will age over time.
Take your time
Choosing a sofa is a huge investment – and it’s one you will have to live with for years. Thus, don’t let anyone rush you into buying a sofa. This process takes time, and thanks to your patience, you will eventually find the perfect, new sofa for your home.
One of the great things about the holiday season is there is always an aura of change in the air. New Year’s Day is just around the corner, our routines change as we visit family and friends to celebrate the season, and of course, we get an opportunity to discover the upcoming home décor trends of the new year. 2015 may be just around the corner, but it isn’t here yet; making this the perfect time to implement these hot, upcoming trends into your home’s décor! Take a look at these bold, new trends and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Say goodbye to black, hello to blue
It’s no secret that interior designers have experimented with grays and light blues that encompass a cooler tone for years. In 2015, these tones are going to be here to stay, and the tone that is going to be leading the pack is blue. It’s cliché to say that blue is the new black but it’s the absolute truth – especially in regards to the bold blues that are warmer than traditional blues but still feature a touch of depth. If you want a new mainstay besides black, blue is it.
Colours inspired by nature
Other than blue, the most popular colours of 2015 are going to be those that seem right at home in nature and classical art. Golden yellows that feel ripped out of a Renaissance painting, greens that look like they belong in a grassy field and more are going to be extremely popular next year. Combine that with furniture pieces made with light-coloured woods, and you have a taste of the natural, soft and soothing décor that will encompass 2015.
Layer your tones
In combination with the natural colours that are going to be all the rage next year, layering tones will be the perfect way to compliment the second tip above. Layered tones will also be popular in 2015, and the best way to achieve this look will be to use the exact colour in different textures and saturations in each space. Try mixing and matching patterns while ensuring everything stays in the same colour family, resulting in a minimal yet smart look.
Interior designs with a metallic finish have been a popular trend for a while, but it’s going to be used more frequently than ever in 2015. Oil-rubbed bronze, brass, and anything that has an antique look to it – such as a mirror, lamp, etc. – is fair game in 2015. For our craftier readers that want to upscale their old furniture, know that applying nailhead trim will give them that classical-yet-modern look that is going to define next year.
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