The Neutral Sofa Debate
August 15, 2016
Shopping for a couch can be an extremely intimidating task. There are countless places to look, a gazillion styles to choose from and don't even get me started on the colour selections. One shade off and you could be disappointed for life (or at least 15 years). And, if you are not doing this solo, let's add in the fact that you are potentially trying to merge two different styles and preferences into the search for the perfect piece.
Brandon and I had been on the hunt for the perfect sofa for a while. As you know by now, we recently moved in together and I have gone into full blown crazy decorator mode. The problem is once I have an idea in my head I want to see it through. Our styles are similar in some ways but definitely emanate serious differences. One thing that was a non-negotiable for me was a light coloured sofa. Not only do they make the room feel clean, fresh and bright, but they open up the room and usually make you feel relaxed enough to sit on. You don't want a sofa that guests are unsure if they can even move around on.
We shopped around and saw so many lovely pieces that were coloured and/or patterned that sparked some interest, Ultimately we stuck to the idea of getting a neutral sofa. A while back, we made this DIY Headboard for my bedroom and I chose blue fabric. While I absolutely love the headboard, after a year and a half I kinda had the urge to change the colour scheme in my room (shhhh- don't tell him!), but knew I couldn't do as much as I wanted to since the headboard was such a specific shade. When we were purchasing our sofa, I knew it had to be something to go with everything-- the seasons, our moods, etc. Something that pillows, throws and accessories could alter the look of, regardless of colour.
If you're in the market for a new sofa, here are some things to remember:
1. Sofas are investment pieces. Spend the money now and avoid a fast fix as you'll have it for quite some time. The piece should be of quality and give off a homey feel.
2. Neutrals usually offer the most versatility in terms of decorating/accenting. Throws and pillows are easy to change up and just doing this will completely alter the look of the room. Holiday accessorizing on a beige couch? No problem.
3. The sofa acts as the focal piece. The whole room is essentially designed around this piece. Have it blend it, or stand out. You can go bold with accessories, or not. It's up to you.
4. You don't need to compromise on the style. Styles and shapes can be timeless, while hot colours come and go. Focus on the style you love, as it will set the tone of the room. And be sure to take pictures and visualize the room with the sofa in it. It needs to be a good fit!
5. Be sure the fabric is durable, not fussy and easy to clean. Will you be giving any guest cut eye that sits on the couch with a glass of red wine?
I may be partial to neutral, but this is just my take on the debate! If you love colour, go for it! And just to play devil's advocate.. here are some fab rooms that have nailed the coloured sofa trend.
What's your take on sofas? Do you go bold with the big pieces, or chose to accent boldly and keep the big ticket items a little understated?
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