This is in regards to your sofa. We know that a white or grey sofa is what the decor industry prescribes. We know how the advice goes… “your sofa is the largest piece in the room. Don’t overwhelm the room with a brightly coloured sofa,” or, “a sofa is a commitment, you’ll get sick of colour.”
This isn’t bad advice. It’s also not the law, despite evidence to the contrary in the many, many dwellings of late that are looking like a condominium showroom.
Regarding sofas, there is most certainly life beyond the pale. Design, these days, not only has guts, but guts with sophistication. White and grey are still ok, but a statement sofa in the right colour and fabric brings that coveted look of personality. A statement sofa can, in fact, be a very liberating design choice, because it sets the tone for the rest of the room and directs accent pieces to follow its lead. Most importantly, a statement sofa gets you compliments. Trust us.
She Wore Blue Velvet
Neutral is still the operative word in this jewel-toned Deco dining room (above), seen here in the home of interior designer Theresa Casey. In this room, ‘neutral’ means blue. In a pale room, the blue velvet banquette would be a shock, but here Casey creates a universe of blues and eggplants, allowing the banquette to blend in perfectly. The result is hardly overwhelming or overbearing, as conventional decorating wisdom may suggest. Instead, sensuality, richness, and texture come to mind, inspiring Casey to spend her weekends here camped out with the paper.
Tip: sapphire or royal blue velvet is a classic upholstery choice of a Mid Century Modern style sofa, for a home with a more modern aesthetic.
Photo courtesy of Panda’s House
Salmon is Back
Well now it looks like… this!
Photo courtesy of Christina Haire Design
Salmon sofas are popping up all over esteemed design portfolios, because the colour just works. It’s cheerful and sophisticated, and looks great in any fabric choice (velvet, duck cotton, silk) as is exemplified by this rhapsody-in-salmon living room. And the best part about it? Salmon looks great with grey and beige! So take a deep breath, buy a salmon sofa, and exhale in liberation as you swath the rest of the room in greige.
Lilac Is the Safer Salmon
Photo courtesy of Elle Decor
That doesn’t make much sense at first read, BUT, all that applies to the inherent awesomeness of a salmon sofa is also true for a lilac sofa, except that lilac is a bit safer. Lilac, especially in its lightest incarnations, is almost grey, whereas a lighter salmon teeters dangerously on pink—(not that we’re against pink, but the margin for decorating blunders widens considerably when you’re in pink territory). Lilac looks best in a washed, natural linen or linen blend, or in a velvet, but that can get expensive, (the story of every decor addict’s life).
Photo courtesy of Elle Decor
Brown Leather is ACTUALLY the New Neutral
Photo courtesy of Maisons Du Monde
Let’s say you simply cannot be convinced of colour. Fine. Then please consider the option of leather. Natural leather. Not white, black or red leather. But a beautiful cognac, walnut, time-honoured-baseball-glove leather. If you invest in a timeless natural leather sofa, (the tufted variety shown above is known as chesterfields), it will become part of your family. It will grow with you and bear any pillow you throw on it as you go through your seasonal caprices. A leather sofa is like that well-traveled friend who can chat affably in any social circle. You can bring that friend anywhere, and they make you look good. Well that friend is your brown leather sofa. Think about it.
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