Being a couch potato in class and comfort

27th July 2020

Display Homes Design Tips & Tricks

A sofa is certainly a significant statement piece in your home and usually a long-term investment for your home.  Striking to look at, a sofa also needs to be functional as well as comfortable.

But how do you choose?

Emma Taylor, Henley Senior Interior Designer, shares her tips in how to choose the perfect couch for your living room.

Determining the shape

According to Emma, deciding on the shape and size of your couch all depends on how you use the room.

“If it is a designated theatre room with a wall mounted TV on one wall and a space opposite, then a modular sofa with or L-shaped sofa will be ideal, lots of space for many bodies to sprawl.  If it’s a living area where multi uses are required, such as conversation and TV viewing, then two or three- seater sofas opposite each other will be best.”

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Advantages of the three styles

Emma says, “Modula or sectional sofas are great for seating more people, with the chaise part creating a handy conversational space.  They also give a more modern contemporary look.  A two and three-seater sofa has a more classic appeal as they look super opposite each other adding symmetry to a room and a sense of definition to a layout.”

Mt Atkinson magnificence

“In Mt Atkinson, we have handpicked a stunning selection of sofa options at our displays for you to  be inspired with,” Emma says.

“I love the deep green velvet sofas in the Palace Living room as they are so inviting and plush.  I’m also drawn to the curved sofas in the family room of the Emperor. I adore the rounded look of them, the beautiful soft boucle style fabric.  They are so enticing that they to want to ensconce myself on the lounge all day with a book and glass of rose!

“And then again, I also adore the modular we have in the Theatre of the Sahara - square and cube like, contemporary and playful with its block colours and tailored flanged edging.

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Fan favourites

“I do prefer a sofa or two sofas opposite each other and I really like a sofa and two fabulously comfortable occasional chairs sitting opposite.

“My preference is fabric, velvet,  a wool felt or to be a really luxurious cashmere wool blend, things that are warm and tactile to touch. In a warmer climate consider using linen. I also love a buttoned sofa and piping is very elegant and timeless, a coloured sofa adds fantastic WOW appeal to a room or keep it neutral and add some gorgeous cushions for personality.”

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Mistakes to avoid

Emma says, “Try before you buy!”  A feather sofa looks so inviting and is heaven to sit in, however if you don’t like the messy, unplumped look of an already sat in sofa and you don’t want to constantly plump your sofa seats, you might want to consider foam seat cushions with feather back cushions.

“Don’t compromise on cost, be prepared to spend some money and you’ll be rewarded with a sofa that lasts for years.”

Anchor it

Anchor your couch with a glorious rug as it defines the space and adds colour and texture.  Whether it is a bold or muted palette, the rug will add that necessary foundation to amplify the couch in the space.

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