How to Style your Sofa

Sofas (sometimes also known as settees) are not something that you buy for a season, or even a year, and the discard to buy a new one. Not only would that mean that you have money to burn, but it would also mean that a sofa that you carefully selected, and have grown accustomed to will be gone- and you would have to “break-in” a new one!
There is a solution- to refurbish your sofa. Give it a makeover. A style refresh if you will. It needn’t cost you much and it will be a lot cheaper than a new one. Here are some ways to do this; most of these ideas can be combined too, they are not alternatives to one another.
A common and cheap way is to add or replace (or re-cover) cushions. If you have a plainish sofa, then contrasting high pattern cushions can be effective such as floral designs or modernistic zig-zags. Conversely, a “busy” sofa can benefit from plain fairly neutral coloured cushions. Cushions can come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so don’t feel constrained to have to have exactly the same size and shape as you had before. Try large triangular cushions with a completely different type of material to the sofa… perhaps leather or corduroy.
These days it is quite ok to be a bit edgy with your cushion-sofa combinations, but there are limits. A throw may transform your sofa, but it may also hide the shape of it, and make it rather lacklustre and indistinct. Also, I don’t know about you, but I hate it when you find yourself having to re-throw a throw every time somebody gets up from the sofa because it’s been pulled out of shape!
But as easy as these throw/cushion makeovers can be, you should also set the scene around your sofa. It is not set in splendid isolation in an empty sea of carpet and plain walls is it? If you have a plain sofa and plain floors (either carpet or wooden) you can do the equivalent of a floor-throw…More commonly known as a rug! That can act as a stylish door-step to your sofa.
Then there’s lighting. Not boring old overhead lighting, but concealed lighting behind the sofa, LED strips along a skirting board, a spotlight accenting a corner of the sofa, or a table lamp with an interesting shade throwing different colours and shapes onto the sofa.
You can also use wall hangings or artwork behind the sofa to draw people towards it and set it off. And please don’t forget to plump up the sofa cushions and turn them over. There are few sofas that are so comfortable yet so resistant to eight hours of people sitting on them that they don’t need a little TLC at the end of each day, or before they are going to be used. It not only makes it nicer when you and your guests sit down on the sofa, it shows that you care about them and your surroundings!