It isn’t just any old piece of furniture. Buying the right sofa is often a daunting task, as anyone who’s done it will know. It’s one of the biggest home purchases we make and it needs to see us through endless snooze sessions, kids’ somersaults, movie nights in, cocktail parties with friends, family summits and catch-ups over cups of tea. In short, it’s an all-rounder that should be practical and at the same time, speak to your style. Which raises the question: what is your style? And how can your sofa help you tell the world all about it?
For a start, it helps to pick out the broad themes of your interior. Are you a classic kind of guy or gal? Do you feel best in a clean, strictly modern space? Slave to bright colour or a neutral Nancy? Or, maybe you like to mix it up with an eclectic look that does more than one thing. Whatever it is, Habitat has got it covered in the sofa department.
Here are some ideas on how to sift through the endless choice and find the sofa on which you can nap happily ever after…
If you’re in a sprawling country pile or spacious town house, a classic silhouette might be your bag; it’s all about generously sized sofas you can flop into in traditional shapes, colours and fabrics. This is where Chesterfields and Bridgewaters come into their own.
You know the drill. A minimal profile, clean lines and neutral colour are the keys to this look – nothing too squidgy, cheerful or twee. These sofas often make you want to sit up straight, and that’s a fact.
Cosy and compact
Living in a compact city flat, your choice will be somewhat limited by space although that doesn’t mean you can’t relax on a fabulous sofa. Small and perfectly formed is often the very best kind to have.
Cosy, durable and not too precious, the Rustic Cottage look could be either classic or modern – there are no rules. Wools, cottons and velvets are all good options for your sofa. What matters most is that there are a few throws and cushions on hand to make yourself at home in front of the fire.
Get the look:
Mix it up
Can’t decide? Some people like a bit of everything, and that’s ok. Ethnic prints mixed with sleek metallic accents, and some girly flourishes for good measure. If this is you, we recommend a handsome sofa that can hold its own against anything and everything in the room.