The living room is the heart of every home. Used for gatherings with friends and family, or downtime after a busy day, the living room is both a social and private space. The furniture we choose for our living rooms is of utmost importance. Given that this space facilitates relaxation, it is imperative that we choose to decorate or layout the room according to our needs.
The most prevailing element of this room, is of course, the sofa. And nowadays, the selection and choice is so large that it is difficult to settle on just one. A financial investment for most, do you choose a statement piece, or rather, a more traditional style that can transcend different eras and decades? If these questions are what plagues you, never fear—our homify experts are here to help.
We begin this article with a unique and different take on the humble living room sofa. The linear forms of the window have been played off against this round sofa with matching circular pouffes. Why do we so often shy away from curvaceous forms, and favour rectangles and squares all the time? Perhaps it is the common misconception that anything that is not in the form of a straight line, will take up more space. As you can see in the picture, this compact sofa is perfect for two people to kick back and relax.
Anyone who sees this picture will feel compelled to dive in and experience the softness of these sofas—it seems to just radiate through the photograph. With a stunning colour palette that reflects what can be seen outside the windows, the designers did not need to look far for their inspiration. Paying homage to the landscape, the tones of pastel blue and pink emulate the reflection of the sun on the water. The gentle fabric and supple body of the couch makes them the perfect vessel for relaxation and rest, and therefore, an ideal living room.
A structured setting is great for those who would like to have their living rooms also double up as a formal seating area. Choosing a minimalist style doesn't mean you need to sacrifice comfort; many contemporary versions of sofas are made from plush materials and textures too. With shrinking house sizes, many homeowners have abandoned the idea of having two separate areas; one for family, and one for guests. Nowadays, we have managed to create a happy medium and join both together.
If you do however, like to have your TV room zoned off from your formal sitting area, you have the liberty to choose finer, more delicate materials such as silk and taffeta when it comes to upholstery fabrics. In this case, it becomes more
occasional furniture, rather than everyday use. For these reasons, you wouldn't choose a fabric, like pictured, for a room where children play around with greasy fingers, or for family members that like to put their feet up on the arms. In those instances, cottons, corduroy or leather are a far better option.
This velvet-finish beige retro sofa is definitely the feature element in this room. The designers have managed to balance a wide range of different styles together in this setting. The Persian rug and the retro furniture is coupled with stark modern tables and chairs. This goes to show that it is possible when completing a room fit out, that you can quite easily fuse old-world and contemporary designs together to create one uniform and well-balanced space.
Some of us are fortunate enough to inherit beautiful pieces of antique furniture, others, are lumped with unapologetic eyesores from the 70s and 80s. Alternatively, it is also a growing trend to purchase restored or revived classic pieces. Whatever the case, there is always a way to add a bit of retro charm into your living rooms. This charcoal leather three-seater sofa, blends seamlessly into its classic and ornate surrounding. Had we not pointed out the difference in style, you may never have known..