A sofa can be used for sitting, slouching, snoozing, snacking, TV-watching, reading, or perching at parties. A sofa can encourage you to linger or imply the suitability of a short visit. It may be the most important piece of furniture in the living room, although its use is not confined to that space.
Creating a family-friendly living room with areas for reading, talking working and relaxing not only enriches the room, it enriches your life. A living room that invites variety into its space ensures that family members can do their own thing and yet spend time happily together.
The sofa is a focal point, a singular object, an unusual shape a bold contrast of texture or colours that makes even quiet spaces come alive.
There is no definite beginning or end to any period. As a rule, styles develop gradually. Post-colonial designs, federal style, Empire style, Shaker furniture, Victorian furniture, contemporary style. Each period begins with simple, basic designs. As time goes by, designers add more decorative features specially to the home furniture sector. Victorian or formal furniture styles originated mainly in Europe in the eighteenth century. These ornate sofa, bed, cabinet, coffee table etc. were usually created for the wealthy and rich family, and the styles were always elegant.
Informal styles were usually created for common people. These pieces were often plainer, smaller versions of formal styles. Today a great many furniture styles are available more than ever before. Being able to recognize different furniture styles will allow you to develop your personal tastes. You will also be able to furniture of any style to create pleasing rooms for others. Today we feature this multi-purpose, multi-faceted article of furniture.
Cane sofas are very much popular in oriental society, as are modern simple wooden sofas. Upholstery sofa have also gained popularity for entertainment rooms.
How to dress a sofa
Changing a sofa's soft accessories is a quick and easy way to change the whole atmosphere of a living room. Warm up the room for winter with heavier textures and deeper hues; lighten it for spring with crisp lines and a refreshing blend of brightly coloured pillows.
Fabric is a very important point when decorating a sofa. A designer should be always conscious about the selection of fabric. It should be matched with other furniture patterns and the room's colour chart should also be considered. The sofa's fabric can be a hot mustard if the total theme is one of earthy tones. Sofa can be brilliant white if the owner is a lover of a cool and calm atmosphere. You can use a bright red or orange fabric for your sofa, if you are fond of colour. For colourful homes, attractive fabrics can play a good role in making the place more vibrant. So, black checks and solid ash or rich local silk can draw a dramatic ambience.
Pillow and throw :
Use throws and pillows in different textures and colours to transform your sofa. Mix smocked velvet pillows with quilted ones, add a small beaded accent pillow and set them all against a tweedy chenille throw. Dramatic colours match the rich fabrics and patterns for a dressier look.
Oblong pillows on the sides serve as impromptu armrests. With two very strong materials such as leather or faux fur, no further embellishment is needed. The faux-fur throw here reinforces the look and further softens it.
Wherever it stands, its scale should reflect that of the room, and its upholstery must complement nearby furnishings. Pattern, color and trim are infinitely variable. Well-loved couches can live many lives with a change of wardrobe as they become worn. They can be reupholstered, slip covered, or layered with pillows, throws, and textiles.
Nazneen Haque Mimi
Interior Consultant, Journeyman
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