I have talked about buying a sofa in your favourite colour many times on this blog.
Recently I had taken my Mom to a local ‘To the trade’ showroom because we were selecting pieces for the makeover we are doing on her sitting room and brand new sunroom. After that visit, we stopped by a furniture store on the way home because we were still searching for a few other items.
I was struck by how grey-on-cream-on-beige ALL the furniture was. Which is what you will find in the average ‘Buy a sofa, get a TV for free‘ big box store.
10 years ago, I chose a green velvet Sunbrella fabric for Mom’s upstairs living room sofa. I chose it because it was the green we wanted.
Not my Mom’s green but similar | Source
Now that she’s going to have a sunroom that needs fabrics that won’t fade, we are going to bring the green sofa downstairs, which means she’ll need a new sofa upstairs.
The beautiful thing about her existing green sofa is that because it’s a colour, it’s perfectly timeless. Not only that, but the green is perfect for a sunroom.
When you choose colour over the current trendy neutral, that’s what you’ll have.
However, in all fairness to the consumer who is shopping without a designer, colourful sofas are few and far between on the average showroom floor.
To get colour, you immediately need to enter the world of custom fabric making that sofa more expensive.
Or you can get something colourful but less expensive online, but now you have to order swatches, or if that option isn’t available, you’ll worry that it won’t match when it arrives.
Bottom line, when people don’t know what colour to buy, they procrastinate.
Then when it hits critical mass and you can’t wait a single second because you either need something to sit on or it’s time to replace your old furniture, now you want it bought and delivered YESTERDAY.
And if that’s the case, you end up buying a neutral sofa off the showroom floor, yet again.
source (this one comes in many different colours)
Am I right?
The good news is, the best trendy neutral sofa to arrive on the scene is cognac. I wrote about that colour recently here.
Before you run out and buy an off-the-shelf-delivered-immediately couch, create a board that looks like this eDesign project and then you’ll see what works and what doesn’t work.
Of course, you already know how much I love decorating around my sunflower yellow sofa. And since Fall is here, let’s take a look at my seasonal living room decor.
My entry is so small I haven’t paid much attention to it other than plunk down a tiny little marble table for our keys.
Recently, after replacing the chairs in my kitchen breakfast area, I decided to create a vignette here with some faux flowers I purchased. I added a light which looks really inviting at night:
The basket works great for storing extra slippers.
Entry & Hallway (Cloverdale 7928)
My yellow hallway makes me so happy.
For a change, I’m thinking of switching out my raspberry drapes to green (I may have mentioned this already) but I need to talk Terreeia into it first. She thinks the entire house already has enough green and yellow.
Last year I bought as many fabric pumpkins as the store had and I love them on my mantel:
I’ve had this ottoman floating around my house and I recently pulled it up for extra seating and left it there, one can never have too many ottomans.
Since the pandemic started, we got into puzzling so now we have one going at all times. We need to buy a puzzle board or we’ll never have another dinner party here again, haha.
Art collected over time
Photos by Macy Yap Photography
Over to you my lovelies, I’m interested in the story about how the sofa you had, ended up in your house!
If you’d like your living room to fill you with happiness when you walk in the door hire me.