Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes Guide Guide Guide Guide Guide Guide Sofas_12

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A Buyer’s Guide to Sofas

Deep, comfortable sofas in neutral tones with hard wearing and soft to touch, textured fabrics are the focus for 2015.

For a Family
I’m often asked what sofas are the best for a family and I always look to those that require less maintenance. Leather is a great option for families, as are designs that utilise synthetic fabrics. Both show little wear and tear and can be easily cleaned. The CR Essentials Mercer Deco Sofa in Leather is a beautiful piece in a contemporary living space. Fixed cushions or firmer cushions keep their shape over time.

Apartment Living
What about for an apartment? In a small space, a neutral and plain upholstery is best for a sofa but you can add pattern and texture in scatter cushions for character.  Select a sofa that sits on a leg, raising if off the floor to create an open feel, such as Coco Republic’s Mardi Sofa. A design with a slimline arm and back means reduces wasted space. If you need more seating space, opt for a single or a pair of small occasional chairs in a contrast style, such as a different texture or colour.

Adding Colour
Adding character and personality is simple with the addition of soft furnishings such as scatter cushions and throws. With this year focused on neutrals, bold patterns are best kept to feature chairs and cushions.  Bolder or darker colours are a great way to make a sofa have more impact in a large room. Grey sofas really came onto the scene last year and they are a timeless option that goes well with bold or pastel accessories.

Classic Design
Chesterfield Sofas are always a favourite. Their traditional style looks elegant and sophisticated. I’ve seen a resurgence of deco design too, which complements an eclectic contemporary interior. However, you cannot go wrong with a classic sofa in a natural fabric with clean lines or a rolled arms.

I love the inspiring styles from international brands Jonathan Adler, Timothy Oulton and Oly San Francisco. For the latest sofa designs or classic best sellers, visit Coco Republic or Max Sparrow.


Sarah Muir

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