When selecting furniture for your living room, a sofa is quite likely the first thing to come to your mind. A sofa is typically the focal point of a living room, or at least the first place people will head to upon entering the living room. For this reason, the design of your sofa will usually have a great deal of influence on how you design the rest of the living room space. Therefore, it’s important when selecting a sofa to pay special attention to traits such as material, color, design, and function. This will help you select a versatile focal piece for your living room that will fit well into any of your subsequent design aspirations.
Sofas can be made from a variety of materials, the most popular of which are leather and durable synthetics like microfiber. Any material can be incorporated into a well-designed home, but each material offers its advantages. Real leather, for example, is easy to clean, wears beautifully over time, and has an ultra sophisticated look. A synthetic fabric, on the other hand, is usually more affordable and is still stain and wear resistant. It also offers a wide array of color and pattern options.
Color is completely up to you when it comes to selecting a sofa; there is no “right” or “wrong” color, especially given that you’ll likely be adapting the design of the rest of the room to suit what you have chosen for the sofa. If you’ve gone with something more vibrant, for example, neutral floor accents, pillows, and accent tables can help to create balance. A more neutral-toned sofa, on the other hand, is best dressed up with more colorful room accessories. One thing to keep in mind here is that a sofa is an investment, so it might be a good idea to only invest in a sofa of a trendy color if you feel especially partial to that color. Color trends can change on a yearly basis, and you don’t want to be stuck a year from now with a sofa that already feels dated.
The two main categories in sofa design are these: traditional and contemporary. Do you seek to create a space decorated with elaborate pieces and ornamental features? These are characteristics of traditional style. Contemporary style, on the other hand, involves simple, clean lines and a more minimalist aesthetic. These pieces tend to have a more timeless look than traditional ones, and they are extremely versatile as they are incorporated into a variety of interior designs. Contemporary style is steadily gaining in popularity today, so if you unsure as to whether you should go traditional or contemporary for your new sofa, consider the timelessness and versatility that a contemporary one can offer.
It’s also important to consider the role that your sofa will play in your living room. Do you plan on hosting guests there? A sofa bed is a great option for you. Do you have a small living room space that you need to optimize with one versatile piece rather than with multiple pieces? Consider a sectional. Or do you plan on investing in a piece that offers the flexibility of being moved and integrated into another room? In these cases, a classic sofa is your best bet.
If you’re still unsure as to which type of sofa will best suit your living room space, take a look at the wide variety of beautiful and timeless sofas that we have to offer.