I know a lot of people, even in these uncertain times, are making home decorating plans and changes within their homes. We personally have made some plans and changes to our downstairs loo and our outside. Including getting the garden ready for summer and setting up another office space for the girls. If you are looking at making changes to your living room, and let’s face it, you may well be spending longer together as a family here too. I wanted to give you some pointers today in this post, primarily in what kind of sofa to choose and what fabric would work for you and your family.
When thinking about the decor of your living room, its important to look at several things before you look at what sofas for your home, you are going to choose. What do you want the style of your living room to be? Have a look at magazines, home accounts over on Instagram and Pinterest( here’s my profile if you want to follow any on my home inspiration boards) to give you some ideas. With this knowledge, you should find it easier to decide on everything else. Consider paint colours or wallpaper for the walls, what kind of furniture you already have and what you need, complementary flooring and how to arrange and accessorise.
Sofa shopping can be confusing.
There are so many choices and options available. What style to go for, modern or more classic? Fixed or loose cushions? Also what fabric to choose? Chances are, you will use your sofa every day for many years, so take your time with this decision.
Fabric sofas for most people are preferred because they are more comfortable. I’m one of those people who disagrees with this, but when shopping, it’s good to try out as many different kinds as you can to see which you prefer. Also, the support from the cushions and frame can make a big difference. You often get firmer support from dense foam and it keeps its shape for longer. The denser foam also can make it easier to sit and rise from if you have any mobility issues. Fibre fillings are usually made of polyester and have that lovely ‘sink in’ feeling that many of us look for in a sofa. Fibre filling requires a bit more upkeep than foam though, to preserve its appearance.
Leather sofas can feel hot and sticky in the summer and cold in the winter, and leather tends to have a firmer feel than fabric sofas overall. Keep in mind though, that they generally are easier to keep clean, so I would recommend if you do go for the fabric to add a stain-resistant treatment. Also, fabric doesn’t get scratched as leather does, so it tends to handle pets paws and jean studs better than leather. You can buy leather feed to keep it clean and soft, and this is something I would definitely recommend, as well as not leaving any furniture in direct sunlight if possible.
Colour and Pattern Options
You really are unlimited in choices of fabric colour and pattern compared to leather. Although leather comes in different colours it is much easier to find a fabric, especially if you are wanting to match it up to something you already have. Make sure you look down at the flooring you have, does this complement the fabric pattern and colour you are wanting to go for? If you have laminate wood flooring then you are lucky as they are generally more neutral and so easier to match. Flooring can really anchor a room, so it’s another important choice to make.
So those are my tips which I hope you found useful. Do let me know any changes you make to your living room this spring.