The Simple 5 Step 5 Minute Method For Picking The Right Sofa For Now AND Years To Come

picking the right sofa for you

Sofa Disasters…

So far my friend got one sofa custom made, only to realise she made the depth of the seat without any space for the back cushion leaving her and hubby perched awkwardly on the remaining space left.

Then, she bought a green velvet sofa only to realise that it really wasn’t the right colour green for her, now affectionately named the “big green monster”.

Can you relate? Are you living with a sofa that with hindsight you know isn’t right simply because you feel you HAVE to use it a few more years to justify it’s cost?

Just last week two different clients said, at different instances, and for different reasons, that their sofa’s weren’t right, and they had spent A LOT of money on them, so couldn’t justify the change.

If any of this sounds like you, Congratulations! Seriously. Failing means you put yourself out there and actually tried something other than the safe route.

Which is a lot more than most!

The number one reason people get their sofa styles wrong is simply a lack of understanding their own personal interior style, and it makes sense!

We’re so busy in life, and our buying options so many, who has the time to troll thousands of websites and pinterest figuring out the perfect sofa type?

That’s why I’ve done all the legwork for you taking screens of info and condensing it down into five simple steps based on my proven style finding method so that you can pick the right sofa for you now, one you’ll actually love for years to come.

Let’s call it my public service for all homes. You’re welcome 😉

These steps are SO simple in fact that you can, and should, finish them NOW, as you read.

The faster you do the steps the better the results actually.

With that perfectly suited sofa minutes away, let’s dive right in.

 

1) How to find the sofa shape that fits your style

Alrighty, this exercise is simple and should take no more than 20 seconds. Scroll through the sofa shapes below, quickly, and note down the numbers of the sofa shapes that grab your attention first. Yep, that’s all you have to do.

Don’t take a lot of time looking at each one and deciding. Scroll, knowing your eyes are faster than your mind, and they will move to those you like the most naturally. Without thought. Do it fast, now.

 

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Got it? If not, do it now and quick. Because it’s your first reactions which are your truest style.

Step one done. Check. The next step is just as easy.

 

2) How to pick the right sofa colour

Okay,  in this exercise you’re not selecting your sofa colour specifically. It’s purpose is to see what colours your naturally drawn to. Just scroll like before and see what images your eyes go to naturally (no interior or sofa in sight) and note down their corresponding number (noted at the top left of each image).

At the end I’ll tell you how it translates into sofa colour for you. Which might be surprising. Yes an orange image doesn’t necessarily mean I recommend or think an orange sofa is the most you.

I have done all the hard work for you and gone image by image for all 138 of them to give you specific sofa colours based on your image selection including if I think you’ve picked an image because you’re drawn to it as an accent colour. How simple do I make it for you guys!

Do it now, it shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes maximum to find the images that naturally grab you.

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Got it? Okay you’re halfway : ) Two simple steps left, then its all about you and your style.

 

3) How to pick the right sofa fabric for the job

The same style sofa can feel very different dependant on the type of fabric you choose because the fabric can say a lot about the vibe of your home.

In this step we are going to do something different. Rather than look at fabric types and get all practical (which we will get to later)  I instead want to get to the soul of what you really want to create… the right feeing at home.

So for this step simply write three to five words for how you want your home to feel.

For example laid back, sophisticated, and edgy. Or clean, casual, luxurious and relaxing. Or Executive, cosy and warm.  Or elegant, tidy, and wild. You get the point 🙂

Write the first 3 – 5 words that pop into your head about how you want your home to feel now. Take 30 seconds and do it now.

Done? It doesn’t need to be perfect, just done. So if you haven’t picked your words yet, do it now.

Remember top of mind = truest style.

Okay 🙂  Now lucky last exercise before the results.

 

4) Are you after a Beautiful Basic, or Stylish Statement?

With sofa choices there are really two major directions. Both are great for different reasons.

Read the descriptions below and decide which feels most like you. Don’t worry I’m not going to hold you to it. This is really a first choice which you might re-decide later.

The really good basic: is the beautiful style eternal piece that sits in the background doing really good work but isn’t necessarily the star of the show. On this type of sofa all your pillow choices and decorative items tend to be the things that stand out. Generally in a neutral colour like whites, taupes, greys, and even navy, this type of sofa is great if you tend to switch things up a lot style wise or haven’t quite figured out what you like because the cushions and other accessories in the room can make it go in pretty much any style direction you like.

The Stylish Statement sofa: on the other hand is the stand out piece in the room. It’s usually bold in it’s shape, colour, or choice of fabric, making it different, striking, and a focal point in the room. Generally if going this sofa direction you want to know your style pretty well and have been massively heart over head lusting after this piece.

A good example of knowing you love something statement-y was a 70s style brass coffee table that I found for a steal online and didn’t buy, and till this day regret not making that purchase. This is how I knew I loved it’s statement-y goodness.

(a) it wasn’t the latest trend so I knew it wasn’t short term lust over the hottest new thing.

(b) because I know I naturally have a love of 70s interiors and that eras style in general so my love for it was coming from a genuine place.

Another way to be sure you like Statement sofas is if you found yourself picking crazy designer shapes of sofas for all your preferences, and bold or unusual colours and prints in the colours exercise. Then this definitely should be you.

So which is more like you? Beautiful basic, or stylish statement?

Take a quick guess, you can firm it up in the answers below.

Now, questions are done, lets get to the juicy part. Your style results.

 

What your style choices say about you

SOFA SHAPES:

Based on the sofa shape numbers you selected in the very first step, read the description of the corresponding numbers below, to see what your sofa selection says about you and your style.

What the sofa shape says visually, should be in line with the words you wrote down about how you want your space to feel in step 3. If not, don’t worry, hold that thought, and see if it can be balanced in the fabric section.

Based on the sofa’s you picked, see if you can find an underlying theme of what styles of sofa you’re drawn to. Are there any key words that stood out?

 

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1 – Modern, clean lined and well kept. This sofa is for the pulled together, gallery-esque or high end apartments and homes. Think skinny ties and fitted suits rather than the loose, slouchy or relaxed. It oozes style and is a classically modern shape that will last and last. It can be a bit cold feeling though so think carefully about your choice of fabric or add a throw if you like a cosier feeling space.

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2 – Mid-century modern. This sofa is clean lined and well kept and a little bit hipster, but of the high end type. A little bit more relaxed than sofa #1 with softer seat cushions that aren’t so perfectly square this references the modern design of the past and will never go out of date.

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3 – Modern clean lines keep this as a classically modern sofa. The soft inner with the harder outside frame makes it feel encompassing and warms up the very square and modern shape.  This sofa reads as modern luxury, of the more formal but warm kind.

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4 – Ultra modern and minimalistic in its very simple yet beautiful lines, this sofa makes a modern almost futuristic statement like a work of art. The wide arms help to make it feel relaxed, rather than unapproachable.

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5 – The modern sofa style of the moment. A warmer modern update on mid-century sofa styles. This sofa is the relaxed less formal version of sofa #3 because of it’s thicker more comfy looking cushions and it’s longer horizontal lines. I see these styles lasting a long time

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6 –  The warm almost classical modern everyday sofa. The clean square arms keep it modern, the throw pillow style back cushions make it feel cosy and snuggly, the solid square base makes it feel stable and grounded. This is an approachable sofa that is modern but not trying too hard.

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7 – A warm modern shape that snuggles around you. The long round lines of the cushions is a soft contrast to it’s modern square frame and together they make this sofa feel modern, happy and approachable. This is a friendly sofa, something I imagine would sit perfectly in an apartment.

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8 – A really good basic modern sofa that still has a mid-century feel. It is a warmer more everyday version of sofa #1 and #2. It says style but isn’t so out there making it easy to use in almost any home.

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9 – The safari sofa. Now this is a very style specific sofa. If you love the 70s, vintage, exotic interiors or even scandinavian styles this could be the sofa for you. It feels slouchy and inviting but takes you to another world. This is a statement simply because it isn’t seen everywhere. This is the only double roll back sofa I would ever recommend buying.

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10 – A 1970s designer classic the low slung nature of this sofa says casual hanging out on the floor in a designer way because it is just so unique. This sofa is a statement piece. If you love modern contemporary but cool hipster, loft type feeling spaces this could be for you.

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11 – Another designer sofa from the 70s, yet this one you’ve probably seen around in many modern interpretations. The low long and thick square base and arms feel modern because of the square corners yet relaxed and sturdy because of their thickness and how horizontal the entire sofa feels. This is laid back luxury, that feels vintage

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12 – Clean, square, a little pulled together and preppy in a mad men type way. If you like a tidy, organised and pulled together space then this sofa is a great base which can be styled in many different ways. Think fitted suits and skinny ties from the 60s rather than the wild and free 70s.

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13 – This sofa is where modern square angles meet laid back country or beach house vibes because of the skirted base. Perfect for a modern rustic, country, or hamptons style spaces, or traditional luxurious spaces in a plush fabric. It feels clean and formal enough because of the square modern arms but still relaxed because of the base. A sophisticated yet relaxed feel overall.

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14 – Again a modern yet more approachable version of sofa #3 and quite similar to sofa #5. The difference with this sofa is that the wood can make the entire sofa feel more mid-century and hip elegance if it’s a darker wood, or more calming and Scandinavian if in a lighter wood. For both versions it is a sophisticated and modern feeling sofa and a little bit different simply because of the wood detailing.

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15 – This sofa is the vintage version of sofa #14. This is a sofa that you have to love to use. It could be the statement vintage piece in a really modern space, or would fit well if you have a love to blend mid-century and modern styles together. It’s an approachable and family feeling mid-century piece.

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16 – Of all the sofas this is one of the styles I would ask you to avoid. Simply because these shapes were overused in the 80s and 90s so they are feeling really dated which will make it difficult for you to make this sofa feel modern, even new they tend to look like a hand me down.

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17 – A feminine and elegant modern sofa. Feminine because of the slight curve to the arms. Modern because it’s not all curvy and rolled. This sofa also looks inviting and comfortable because of the pillow style back cushions. This type of sofa will fit in almost any modern style space.

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18 – The one piece nature of this sofa makes it feel modern and galley-esque or for a hot new office buildings foyer. That said, throw a textured throw blanket and some squishy cushions and you’re instantly that person who has serious style but doesn’t take yourself too seriously.

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19 – A warm modern and masculine sofa, this is the type of comfy sofa you might see in a hotel lobby. It has a soft squishiness which makes you want to lounge but has enough clean square angles to not make it too casual. A good contemporary sofa that won’t be dating any time soon.

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20 – Low casual style sofa in a modern contemporary way.  This sofa is modern yet laid back because of it’s thick wide arms and base. A style of sofa where people feel happy to plonk right down, although not necessarily put their feet up. This style sofa is a good basic style that can be used in many ways although isn’t necessarily for the cosy snuggling up type.

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21 – The vintage version of sofa #20. This sofa feels higher end simply because it’s details are more one of a kind. This is a statement piece that bring a bit of glamour in a less formal, slightly retro kind of way.

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22 – A modern yet casual designer feeling sofa. The blocky yet slightly rounded nature of the modules makes this sofa modern yet approachable and in a happy feeling way. It says lie down put your feet up but is still clean rather than cosy.

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23 – The gentleman’s club sofa. The deep buttons on this sofa are reminiscent of the classic masculine chesterfield sofas yet reinvented in a modern way and make it look visually cosy even though these sofas are actually quite hard. It sets the perfect look for dark painted library’s or TV rooms. Or as a more masculine contrast to a lighter airy more feminine detailed space.

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24 – A modern sofa that takes references from the chesterfield sofa. The shallower buttons and squarer lines than sofa #23 makes this sofa feel more clean, classical and formal than the other sofa, as does the lighter colour. In a darker colour this sofa also takes on masculine vibes. However this is a more elegant less snuggly feeling sofa than sofa #23

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25 – A modern take on a mid-century styled sofa. This sofa has a mad-men vibe in a warmer more homely and friendly way. If feels pulled together, yet still relaxed and could be styled in a multitude of different ways

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26 – A really nice clean lined yet comfortable looking modern sofa that could be used in almost any modern style. The to the floor base makes it feel sturdy and cosy. Basic enough to be a good foundational piece that won’t date and you can style it many ways based on your latest hearts desire.

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27 – A modern block sofa that is still warm enough because of the pillow style back cushions to make you and guests want to put your feet up on it. It has a contemporary vibe that will last you many years and the sheer scale of it makes it feel designer and luxurious but in a laid back kind of way.

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28 – Wooden framed with soft pillowy interior this is a warm happy feeling small sofa. But could be just as good in a 3 seater version. Because of the wood frame this sofa could fit well in a Scandinavian interior or for those who want a modern happy vibe at home.

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29 – A modern sofa with a traditional feel due to the curved arm detailing. This sofa is basic enough to last and last if you love that slightly formal, elegant but still approachable vibe.

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30 – This sofa is a retro version but you’ll also see this style be taken on in a modern way with lighter wood bases and softer blocky modules on top. These shaped sofas feel bed like, relaxing and a place to lounge. Again modern yet casual hang out is the vibe and with a lighter wood base it works well in if you love Scandinavian or modern styles. This retro version feels a bit more cool 70s modern pad though with a twist of glam.

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31 – blocky and curvy at the same time this sofa makes an unusual statement yet feels like an inviting place to sit. If you love vintage spaces with 1970s references this could be for you. Or it could be pared with other cleaner lined items and more modern pieces so it sits as a central statement piece. Modern versions of this unless designer I’d avoid simply because it will probably end up looking really 80s.

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32 – A classic mid-century sofa. It’s pulled together, a little bit space age feeling with it’s wings, and elegant because of its button detailing. This isn’t so much a cosy sofa, it fits better in a space with other clean lined less cushy pieces.

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33 – A feminine elegant sofa that references traditional seating so has a hint of that traditional elegance but in a modern updated way. A formal sofa that is still welcoming. This is a good foundational piece that will last and last if you love a elegant feminine vibe to your home.

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34 – A mid-century classic styled sofa. These sofas feel comfortable and casual yet also pulled together and are classically mid-century so if you love that vibe and know you will continue to like that feeling then definitely go for it.

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35 – Designer and art deco in nature this curvy long and low sofa makes a serious statement. Its visually heavy so will feel weighted in the space grounding your entire seating arrangement. It feels luxurious, comfy, and if it was a modern version rather than this vintage glamour it would feel warm comfy and modern.

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36 – This sofa with its rolled over the arm pillows comes from the 80s. Any sofa’s from the 80s I usually say be careful with because they are some of the hardest to look modern since most of us have already had them in our homes at some stage in our lives so our visual database screams “old”. That said this is a pretty great version of an 80s sofa because of it’s squarer base, and how casual and comfortable it looks. If you have a love of 80s style it did male a comeback at the inspirational level recently but not so much the mainstream. So make sure you team your 80s pieces with other modern square pieces in your room to bring it up to date.

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37 – Very similar to sofa #33 (read description) this version feels not quite as fine and elegant because the sides are chunkier and shorter making it feel a bit more modern than traditional. This is a good basic sofa that could be used in many ways.

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38 – Another modern version of an 80s style sofa. These sofas are one of the few styles you see everywhere yet I recommend to avoid simply because they feel really dated. In fact almost anything with a double roll cushion back and pillow style arms I’d advise against simply because they are visually dating for your interior. You’re better off switching to something closer to sofa #6 or sofa #46.

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39 – 80s meets the Jetsons. This is an 80s sofa trying to look futuristic and this style of sofa is one of the few sofa styles I recommend to avoid simply because anything 80s and 90s can feel really dated because it’s too recent so it feels like you haven’t upgraded your sofa. Meaning pillow style arms and double roll cushion backs  = avoid. If your eye wen’t to this sofa then my guess is you are looking for futuristic styled comfort. Sofa #40 could be you, or for a more mainstream option sofa #25.

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40 – This is a modular designer sofa that really makes a statement. It has a casual almost beanbag type feel, perfect for casual lounging. It’s for the high end space that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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41 – The Barcelona sofa and all it’s rip offs have a modern elegant and formal vibe in a mid-century style. Originally designed as a modern throne they are sofa’s for sitting rather than lounging and therefore are for the more polished, decorate rather than relaxed space. Although you can soften them up with throw blankets and cushions.

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42 – This art deco statement sofa oozes elegance, femininity, and polished luxury. This is a a style for those who LOVE this look for now and forever. It can be teamed with other elegant pieces of the era or modern clean lined and square pieces which balances it’s womanly curves out.

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43 – An 80s shaped sofa that is still passable in a modern interior because of its simple round chunky lines which some modern furniture now also emulates. The fabric it has really dates it but put this shape in a plain velvet, or linen and it will feel modern and vintage at the same time. The shape itself says friendly, comfy, welcoming but still clean.

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44 – The original chesterfield sofa feels historical, luxurious, and masculine, however because of the legs on this one it is a bit more feminine and elegant than masculine strong and heavy like the ones you see without legs. Fabric choice makes a big difference to these types of sofas.

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45 – The vintage curvy form of this sofa is elegant, feminine and statement making. If you like high class elegance with a traditional bent then this sofa oozes that kind of sophistication. The way the arms wrap makes it feel warm, inviting, and almost snuggly for an elegant sofa.

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46 – The classic traditional sofa. This style because of it’s pillow back makes it feel warm, cosy and inviting. The traditional style makes if feel safe and enduring. This sofa can go as traditional or as modern traditional mix as you’d like it to

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47 – The classic english rolled arm sofa is making a comeback with many new sofas in this traditional style in shops around the globe.  It’s a relaxed traditional feeling sofa, that sometimes is country feeling. If you love the idea of the Hamptons where quality and tradition meet the beach, or the sprawling country holiday home then this is a good sofa for you.

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48 – Like sofas #46 and #47 this style sofa has traditional references. The skirted cover which goes to the floor brings in a more feminine feel than the other two sofas. In a linen or cotton woven fabric this sofa can feel casual country and relaxed, in a velvet it could be uber traditional.

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49 – This camel back sofa is classical and traditional in style, it feels formal and oozes old money but in a warmer modern way compared to sofa #55 which feels much more historical. Perfect for those who love parisian style apartments, and beautiful old homes.

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50 – This is an even more modern take on the camel back sofa than sofa #49. If feels classical and feminine and more formal and pulled together than sofa #49 also. If you love the idea of a park avenue apartment. This could be you.

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51 – A classical sofa in a modern way because of the simpler legs and arm details. This feels formal and regal but not too fussy because of it’s clean simple lines. Great for a home that brings traditional styles up to date in a modern way. A more formal than laid back sofa.

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52 – Elegant, clean and feminine. This is a formal sofa in a friendly way. If you like classic and traditional feeling spaces that are warm rather than regal, this sofa is a perfect choice.

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53 – This is a masculine art deco sofa that feels executive, regal and historical. In lighter pretty colours it could also feel feminine too. Its for important people and feels protective and comforting because of it’s high back and winged sides.

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54 – A mid-century sofa with that is very clean, simple and retro but could easily feel equally modern. This is more of a cool sitting sofa than a comfy lounging sofa. Great for happy modern, mid-century, and Scandinavian spaces.

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55 – The truly classical old money style sofa. It screams history which can be a nice contrast to modern spaces or works equally well in traditional style homes. Feminine in fabrics, more manly in leather. This sofa shows style and makes a point.

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56 – Another truly classical old money style sofa like sofa #55. Again it can go more feminine in fabrics or manly in leather. This is a really great conversation sofa or entry sofa. If you put this sofa against a wall emphasise the beautiful dip with a vertical piece of art or a mirror on the wall behind.

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57 – Another modern take on a classical sofa, this particular sofa is a little bit feminine and curvy on the top, and more clean modern and elegant on the bottom. This type of sofa needs to be a style that you truly love because it is more vintage inspired than modern.

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58 – Vintage, retro, makes a statement. This is for you if you love the 70s, and the egg chair. You have to love this style, this era, and be good at mixing vintage and modern pieces together. When pulled off, this sofa is truly one of a kind.

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59 – An elegant feminine chaise lounge that fits a modern mixed with traditional feeling space. Its curves and the fact that it is a chaise lounge make this a welcoming and relaxing elegant sofa.

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60 – This curvy armed low sofa could look dated but with simple clean fabric like it has it can also bridge into a modern space. Team it with other thick rounded or square block pieces to bring it into a more modern setting, or take it traditional with other vintage pieces. In white linen this could feel modern, casual and cool.

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61 – A vintage designer sofa that speaks about the future. This is a statement sofa that goes best in a gallery style space, but could also be your cool pop in a more sophisticated and warm modern space.

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62 – If you love a bohemian vibe and the tropics this sofa is a great fit. Update the fabric with something cleaner to bring it closer to modern and then layer it with lots of vintage textiles with lots of texture for a bohemian vibe. For a more sophisticated less casual feel opt instead for sofa #63

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63 – An art deco sofa that is made more formal by it’s contrasting welting. The simple clean lines of this sofa if done all in one fabric with a print or velvet could make it feel even more art deco, elegant and sophisticated, or with a linen more clean, modern and fresh.

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64 – Another vintage designer sofa. This like the others is a statement sofa that commands attention and needs to be balanced in the room with other pieces. This is a buy it if you love it and can’t imagine life with anything else piece. It can go modern, retro, gallery, or futuristic dependant on the styling of the other items in the room.

 

SOFA COLOURS:

Based on the coloured image numbers you selected in step two, read the description of the corresponding numbers below, to see what that means in terms of sofa colours.

Take note of the descriptive words also, do the colours you were drawn to fit with the vibe you said you want to create in step 3? Are there new words that come up that feel right and you might want to add to your existing list?

Check your numbers, and read the descriptions now.

 

1 – White or pale grey sofas are best to fit this calm, minimalistic, relaxing, clean, light, soothing vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. For legs keep them as whitewashed wood or chrome

2 – White or pale grey sofas are best to fit this calm, modern country, relaxing, Scandinavian, light, soothing, warm modern vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. Opt for pale wood legs to bring in some relaxed warmth.

3 – White sofas fit this calm, modern, relaxing, Scandinavian, light, happy, clean vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. Opt for pale wood legs to bring in some relaxed warmth, or if you already have wooden floors then chrome. I wouldn’t go grey with this sofa because if you are drawn to this image then it is more about the clean white base with wood and accents of black instead. Grey will kill the contrast you’re after.

4 – White or charcoal grey sofa would fit this Scandinavian, modern, fresh, wintery, minimalistic, calm, light, cool vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. Keep the legs chrome for a modern look clean, or a walnut type brown for a slightly mid-century feel and some edge.

5 – A white sofa or white with a simple modern pattern fits this modern, happy, warm, clean, airy, fresh vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. For the legs opt for white metal to keep it fresh, chrome for a modern vibe, or pale wood for a happy modern feel.

6- A white, black, or a white and black patterned sofa suits this modern, graphic, clean, classic, fresh, edgy space. You could even go for a grey sofa if you keep it closer to the darker or lighter end of the spectrum since this look is all about contrasts. Add chrome legs to keep a modern feel, dark wood for a more classical feel.

7 – A soft grey or white sofa suits this modern, warm, beachy, sophisticated yet casual vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. For the legs pale wood, or brushed chrome fits your style best.

8 – If you liked this image you could do two directions. If you have a lighter warmer colours space as a base then throw in a black sofa. If you already have a black wall or floor then opt for a taupe or beige sofa. Legs could be a pale wood or matte metal finishes to suit this rooms sophisticated, modern elegance, warmth, and soothingness with an edge.

9 – A charcoal grey sofa best suits this this style assuming you have white walls in your space. For the legs you could to brushed chrome, rusty metal, or a dark wood. The feeling of this style image is vintage, rustic, modern country or french country, Scandinavian, relaxed, beachy, wild, undone, fresh, calm, peaceful.

10 – A cream or white sofa suits this vintage, casual, rustic, eclectic, light vibe. Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. For the legs wood that is oiled or waxed rather than polished suits this laid back style the best.

11 – If you have white walls go mid grey with the sofa, if you have grey walls go white with the sofa to balance the colours of this soothing, calm, sophisticated yet casual, relaxed, beachy space. For the legs burnished bronze, brass or other matte finished metals would be beautiful.

12 – A white sofa will freshen up the grey tones of this rustic, cosy, homey, calming, relaxed, country, casual, vibe.  Read the fabric section next to see how this is possible without stressing about stains. For the legs aged wood or a skirted sofa with no legs visible would be fitting.

13 – Anything from taupe to soft greys, creams and whites would suit this french country, relaxed sophistication, rustic, calm, quiet vibe as it is really about laying on various tones and shades of neutrals to create interest and a then popping it into life with a few muted accent colours. Worn aged wood with a matte waxed type finish would be best or possibly a skirted sofa.

14 – A light to mid-tone grey sofa would suit this beachy, relaxed, casually sophisticated, quiet, laid back vibe. For the legs either wood or silver metals in a matte finish would work best. Although if you wanted to up the glamour a bit opt for chrome.

15 – Anything from taupe to soft greys, charcoals, creams, and whites would suit this french country, relaxed sophistication, rustic, calm, quiet vibe as it is really about laying on various tones and shades of neutrals to create interest as well as a large variety of textures. Worn aged wood or metal with a matte waxed type finish for the legs would be best or possibly a skirted sofa.

16 – A grey sofa in a mid tone grey would best suit this modern, clean, graphic, organised, minimalistic, calm space. For the legs keep them metal and in the tonal grey colour palette.

17 – A darker grey sofa would best suit this calm, warm modern, handmade, edgy, masculine, quiet space. For the legs keep them metal and in the tonal grey colour palette.

18 – Anything from taupe to soft greys, and creamy whites would suit this soothing, relaxed, sophisticated, rustic, calm, quiet, arty vibe as it is really about laying on various tones and shades of neutrals and textures to create interest. Worn aged wood or metal with a matte waxed type finish would be best.

19 – Ideally if you’re drawn to this image you have your walls painted out a soft and warm grey which you accent with a warm tan, or beige sofa. For the legs opt for a warm wood that fits the sofa colour choice or copper could be quite striking and will look just as beautiful as it ages. The feelings for this colour palette are calm, soothing, warm, Scandinavian modern, relaxed, happy, quiet.

20 –   Ideally if you’re drawn to this image you have your walls painted out a soft grey which you accent with a warm creamy sofa. For the legs opt for matte silver metals or for a bit of glamour you could do chrome. The feelings for this colour palette are calm, soothing, sophisticated modern, relaxed, quiet.

21 – If you have light walls go for a mid to dark grey sofa, but ideally your walls are already a mid to dark grey so you should go for a white sofa which’ll give you the calm, relaxed, casual, sophisticated, quiet, slightly beachy, slightly country vibe. For the legs I’d opt for matte metals or maybe chrome. Or if there isn’t a lot of warm woods in the room then light to mid tone wooden legs.

22 – Here you could do a mid-light grey sofa with matte chrome legs if you have a white space, a clean white sofa with chrome legs if you have a grey space, or a rich brown sofa with brushed chrome legs if you want your sofa to be the statement accent in the room. Only do the brown sofa if you LOVE brown, always have, always will 🙂 Forever. The vibe for this is modern, masculine, statement making, clean, minimalistic but warm, calm, restful with an edge.

23 – If you have a flat grey space like this then the sofa here should have a bit of a pattern to bring some life. Most likely a black and white pattern that has a modern feel and is smaller in scale. Keep the legs clean and in line with the fabric pattern you’ve chosen. Instead keep the brass for bigger accents like coffee tables or side tables. The vibe for this is modern, sophisticated, glamorous minimalism, relaxed, graphic, edgy, a modern sophisticated update on the 80s.

24 – A soft grey sofa will best suit this beachy, relaxed, casual, sophisticated, clean, warm modern vibe. Team it with mid tone wooden legs and ideally mid tone wood floors (not matching) to pull it all together, and accent the sofa to bring it to life with patterns that contain a bit of colour mixed with white.

25 – Ideally if you’re drawn to this image you have your walls painted out a mid to dark grey which you accent with fresh crisp white sofa which is layered with other taupes and grey textured cushions. For the legs opt for matte silver metals or for a bit of glamour you could do chrome. Keep the brass and copper for other bigger accents in the room like coffee tables and side tables. The feelings for this colour palette are calm, soothing, sophisticated modern, relaxed, quiet, laid back yet glamorous.

26 – A taupe-grey, black, dark navy, or white sofa would all fit dependant on the other colours you already have going on in your space to fit this sophisticated, modern, masculine, elegantly cool, metropolitan vibe. For the legs keep them chrome or brushed chrome.

27 – A Cream or dark grey sofa would suit this mid-century, retro, vintage, earthy, calm, madmen, sophisticated yet playful, upbeat vibe. Simple chrome legs or mid to dark wood tones you associate with mid-century furniture would work well here.

28 – A dark grey or taupe sofa would work well to suit this vintage, heritage, country, antique, relaxed, cosy, writer kind of vibe. Keep the sofa legs dark in metal or wood to keep with the dark cosy retreat feeling.

29 – A warm grey or white sofa would best suit this sophisticated, laid back luxury, calm, relaxed modern/contemporary vibe. Keep the sofa legs simple and metal or dark almost black wood if you use legs on your sofa at all.

30 – If your walls are warm taupes then opt for a white sofa that has some warmth in the white, for lighter walls and warmer floors go for a light to mid tone grey sofa to suit the warm, modern, earthy, casual, a little rustic yet soft and modern vibe. For the legs brushed chrome or stainless steel with blend well.

31 – A caramel coloured sofa would best suit this modern, slightly masculine, slightly mid-century, contemporary, warm modern vibe. For the legs go for a mid toned wood, brushed chrome, or stainless steel so that they blend into the space.

32 – If you have beautiful floors like this image a light soft white sofa accents them brilliantly with simple silver metal legs, if you have a mostly white white white space bring in the warm brown tone on the sofa and furniture. Wooden legs would best suit the second option.  The vibe of this is relaxed sophistication, calm, soothing, warm modern and contemporary.

33 – A dark grey or brown sofa would accent brilliantly this relaxed, light, modern mid-century, executive, high end yet not showy vibe. Mid too dark wooden legs would work well here.

34 – A cream, soft white or beige sofa would suit this rustic, cabin, causal, earthy,  warm modern, beachy, cosy vibe. Light wooden legs would blend beautifully with the rest of the space.

35 – Anything from taupe to soft greys, and creamy whites would suit this soothing, relaxed, sophisticated, rustic, calm, quiet, earthy vibe as it is really about laying on various tones and shades of neutrals and soft textures to create interest. Worn wood or metal with a matte waxed type finish would be best for the legs.

36 – A black, or light grey sofa suits this casual, calm, sophisticated, contemporary, modern elegant vibe. For the legs keep them in light wood or brushed chrome or stainless steel to help them blend with the space.

37 – Anything from taupe to soft greys, and creamy whites would suit this casual, relaxed, vintage, collected, arty, rustic, homey, earthy vibe as it is really about laying on various tones and shades of neutrals and lots of textures to create interest. Worn wood or metal with a matte waxed type finish would be best for the legs.

38 – If you have mostly a warm painted space like this image then a light grey that has some warmth for the sofa suits the casual sophisticated, rustic but modern, country meets city, earthy vibe. For the legs matte silver metals will blend away the easiest.

39 – A soft white sofa will suit this warm, luxurious, feminine, casual, calm, slightly vintage vibe. For the legs a pale wood would be best, especially if you already have pale wood floors.

40 – A cream or dark grey sofa will best suit this warm, modern, graphic, slightly industrial, calming vibe. For the legs brushed or polished chrome work, or matte black metal.

41 – A beige, cream, or print in dark and light earthy tones would be the best colour sofa choice to suit this exotic, elegant, refined, classical, transitional space. For the legs opt for a finer wood grained leg that has a semi sheen to it to match the elegance of the space.

42 – A soft white sofa or even a mint and white striped sofa would suit this beachy, rustic, Hamptons, calm, quiet, casual yet chic vibe. For the legs keep them in a pale to mid tone waxed finish natural wood.

43 – Ideally if you were drawn to this image your space is a dark grey and your sofa should be a dark grey also to suit the masculine, dark, rustic, casual, modern  country vibe. For the legs pick a dark finished metal or matte black.

44 – A dark brown-grey either plain or subtle patterned sofa would best suit this bold, elegant, slightly masculine, exuberant yet refined warm Hollywood regency vibe. For the legs opt for a naturally chocolate coloured wood.

45 – A soft grey or white sofa would best suit this space if the rest of the space is warmer like the image, if not pick a terracotta meets taupe earthy colour for your sofa. For the legs clean simple and metal in silver coloured metal would work best. The vibe here is earthy, calm, clean, warm, modern, Scandinavian, rustic gets a modern update.

46 – A soft white or black sofa would best suit this elegant, modern, luxurious, calmly decadent vibe. For a black sofa go with black legs. For a white sofa go with brassier black legs.

47 – A navy, taupe or cream sofa would suit this elegant, old worldy yet modern, casual yet refined, classical vibe. Pick the colour dependant on your wall colour, with a darker sofa for lighter walls and a lighter sofa for darker walls. For the legs a simple wood light almost greyed wood would work best.

48 – A dark blue or black sofa would suit this elegant, dark, sophisticated, edgy, glamorous, regal, and luxurious vibe. Dark wood legs would also complement the overall look.

50 – A mid tone grey or navy would best suit this casual, masculine, sophisticated, refined, laid-back executive vibe. For the legs I’d go for a black wood for texture and blend ability.

51 – If you were drawn to this image then ideally your walls are a dark blue and you then should go for a white or dark brown sofa to suit the cool, calm, clean, cosy modern vibe. For the legs dark brown

52 – If you’re attracted to this blue tonal space a dark blue sofa would be your best option. Team it with dark metal legs to fit the relaxed, quiet, calm, soothing, dark, cool vibe.

53 – A dark grey or dark taupe sofa would best suit this masculine calm, quiet, soothing luxurious modern contemporary, and cosy vibe. Simple dark wood or dark metal legs will blend with the sofa the most.

54 – If you’re drawn to this image then any of the blues, greys or whites would work for the sofa dependant on where you use the other colours in the room. I’d probably opt for grey here as you can mix it up. With simple modern and brushed chrome legs to fit with the clean, modern, minimalistic, cool, graphic vibe.

55 – A white or mid blue sofa would suit this elegant, beachy, rich, sophisticated, dark vibe. Pick your sofa based on the colour of the walls you have, the lighter the walls the darker the sofa, or vice versa. Keep the sofa legs dark and inconspicuous.

56 – There’s two for one here. If you were drawn to the top image then I’d go for a blue or caramel coloured sofa with simple wooden legs to go with the warm beach yet fresh city sophisticated, upbeat vibe. If you were more drawn to the bottom image then I’d go for a mid to dark grey sofa or perhaps even the darker yellow (if you happen to LOVE yellow) both teamed with medium brown legs like you see i the image.

57 – Ideally here your room is already grey, if that’s the case then i’d opt for an inky dark blue sofa with dark brown or black wooden legs, if your home is white, I’d opt for a light to medium toned grey sofa that has brushed metal legs. Both of these will give you that calm, cool, casual yet slightly decadent country/beach house vibe.

58 – A traditional feeling grey and white striped sofa would best suit this heritage, country, casual, elegant, calm, classical vibe. Team it with light or medium coloured wooden legs or a skirted sofa base.

59 – If you’re drawn to this image you definitely have a passion for patterns that are a mix of modern and classical. The safe option here is light grey sofa with simple relatively pale wooden legs, the more daring option is you pick a print possibly like the floral print in this image because it combines all of the colours in one but in a print you absolutely adore, because prints are incredibly personal. The vibe of this is beautiful country or beach home that has a classical feeling, is relaxed and sophisticated at the same time, but casual enough to not be fussy.

60 – A mid grey sofa suits this modern, luxurious, masculine, executive, city and  bold vibe. Team it with simple silver metal or dark wood legs and you can play on top with pops of colour to your hearts desire.

61 – A greeny gray sofa suits this chilled, calm yet happy, earthy, modern country, beach and still city vibe. Team it with dark wooden legs or gunmetal coloured metal legs.

62 – A mint green sofa would best suit this calm, chicly fun, modern, warm, and playful yet sophisticated space. Team it with light wood legs to help it blend in the space.

63 – A teal sofa ideally with a bit of pattern would best suit this elegant, exotic, deep, rich, vibrant, happy yet sophisticated vibe. For the legs opt for a matte silver metal to help them blend.

64- A mid grey sofa would best suit this space and act as a place for the other colours to pop in the smaller pieces of furniture and cushions against a background of the paler grey on the wall. Team it with painted metal legs in the same tone to suit this modern, clean, sophisticated yet fun, masculine vibe.

65 – A soft blue-grey, or a white sofa would create a soft base for these various blues and patterns to play especially with other pieces in the room like rugs and throw pillows. For the legs of for natural light wood to suit this beachy, upbeat, classic yet modern, casual, happy, relaxed, and slightly exotic vibe.

66 – A soft grey sofa with light wooden legs or brushed metal legs would best suit this european vintage apartment, casual, laid back yet sophisticated, almost rustic vibe.

67 – A pale grey or pale blue-grey sofa would suit this beachy, casual, calming, happy but not jumpy fresh, clean vibe. For the legs a pale almost driftwood type wood would work for a more casual vibe or a chrome for a more city living type vibe.

68 – A fresh white sofa with simple metal or light wood legs will suit this fresh, beachy, casual, happy, relaxed, calm, clean vibe. Add your blue on top as accents on cushions, and curtains, and rugs.

69 – If you were drawn to this image ideally you already have one of these soft greens on your wall and you then go for a white sofa and taupe cushions. If you have a white then this could be a moment for a soft green sofa in a tone that sends your heart a fluttering. For the legs go for something simple and wooden in a pale type of wood. The vibe of this is moroccan, exotic, calm, cool, rustic, relaxed, modern yet bohemian.

70 – A soft grey to mid grey-green sofa would best suit this beachy, relaxed, casual, collected, almost rustic vibe. For the legs a pale almost white washed wood would look pretty.

71 – If you liked this image then I’d keep your space soft whites and taupes and play with lots of pattern and colour in your furniture. For a simple clean option you could also go for an off white for the sofa with light wood legs. If you like a bit more energy  then pick a blue patterned sofa in a pattern you love with light wooden legs and then mix and match with blue red patterns as well as some calming solid off white pillows on top. The vibe for this is beachy, happy, classic, warm, homey, casual yet chic.

72 – If you naturally were drawn to this image you have a love of pattern either as an accent or perhaps something more. If more, pick a favourite fabric pattern that you love for the sofa and add more patterns on other chairs and the throw pillows sticking to a similar colour palette as this image. If you like this is an accent then I’d go for a white sofa and throw all the patterned cushions and throws of it to your hearts content. Keep the legs simple in a light wood so the rest stands out. The vibe for this is Moroccan, exotic, exuberant, fun, bohemian, relaxed, casual, interesting.

73 – A soft grey sofa would suit this calm, relaxed, quiet, country, warm beach vibe. Team it with simple silver metal legs in a matte or aged finish.

74 – A soft grey sofa with white legs would suit this calm, pretty, feminine, vintage, relaxed vibe. You could also go for the blush pink if it is a colour you love love love. The walls should obviously be blue 🙂

75 – A white textural sofa with wooden of chrome legs would best suit this beachy, happy, fun, playful, light, bright, fresh vibe. The key factor here is texture texture and texture to keep it interesting. See the next step of fabric recommendations for white sofas without the stress of mess.

76 – If you love and always have loved pink or blue pick one of these for your sofa colour and team is with modern chrome or pale wood legs. If this is new for you a soft white almost grey with chrome legs will work well as a space to play to bring in this modern, palm beach, tropical, summer, exotic, fun, happy, bright, relaxed vibe.

77 – If you were drawn to this image and if this is a colour you’ve loved for a while do it on your walls and opt for a white sofa, or go white on you walls and opt for a soft pink sofa. Or simply layer the versions of light pink within your room. Keep the legs light and wood for a pretty vibe, or chrome for a more modern vibe. The overall vibe of this is pretty, soft, sweet, calm, soothing, quiet yet happy.

78 – A pastel colour sofa in a specific colour you have loved for a while teamed with a taupe space and simple light wooden legs is one option. If pastels are a new love of yours the opt for a soft taupe sofa with light wooden legs and accent it with pastel throw cushions. The vibe for this is modern, pop, calm, relaxed, happy with an edge, and soft.

79 – If your room is already a dusky pink opt for a light grey sofa and play with warmer woods for legs as well as terracotta and pink throw pillows on top. If you have a neutral wall colour go for a pink sofa as long as its a colour you’ve liked for more than a year or two. The vibe for this is Scandinavian, warm modern, earthy, calm yet happy, interesting.

80 – A pale pink sofa with simple chrome or light wood legs would suit this fun, sophisticated, modern, relaxed, happy yet soothing vibe. That said a white sofa with dark wood also works well if you aren’t the oldest pink fan in history.

81 – A mid to bright pink sofa with chrome legs would work best if you are a lover of pink for a while and like to make a fun statement. If not a soft pale grey sofa with chrome legs could act as a base for your pink to play. The vibe for this is fun, energetic, happy, bright yet calm, playful, sophisticated, chic, feminine.

82 – Here you could go for a pink sofa, a grey sofa is the safer option. Buy on what you love is my go to moto for this.  Perhaps it is even the deep red velvet. That said if you have grey walls already a grey darkish with a hint of green would be closest to the 80s meets modern, luxury, playful yet elegant vibe of this.

83 – Go white or pink dependant on which of the two colours you like most with light wooden or chrome legs to suit the modern happy fun, minimalistic yet warm and a little bit glamorous vibe.

84 – Pink or teal with light wood legs are the ideal sofa choices to fit with this fun, happy, a little quirky, girly, and playful vibe. If those aren’t colours your love love love then stick with a white sofa and play on top with colours and details.

85 – This has a modern take on the 80s and 90s its fun, bold, bright, happy, and colourful in a poptastic way. All of this is best kept as accents to a mostly clean white space but to give you the drama, pick a colour of this that you love and go bold with a bright coloured or black and white patterned sofa with simple clean chrome legs.

86 – This has a modern take on the 80s and 90s its fun, bold, bright, happy, and colourful in a light way. All of this is best kept as accents to a mostly neutral space especially major pieces of furniture so opt for a white or light grey sofa to fit with the lightness of the space and chrome metal or light wooden legs.

87 – A white or light grey sofa with chrome legs best suits this modern, graphic, clean, happy yet sophisticated, playful, and industrial vibe.

88 – Happy, fun, upbeat, pretty, bright yet calm. If you’re drawn to colourful spaces do the opposite with your space and go clean calm and simple so the colours can play on top without if feeling crazy. For your sofa a simple light grey, or a darker deep blue colour with chrome or light wood legs act as a soothing fresh base for the rest of your accessories to go wild.

89 – Here it is about the colour you resonated with most. Was it the dark grey-blue or the apricot-pink? If neither go for a soft white sofa light blue-grey sofa for which the other colours play on top. The vibe for this is bold, striking, warm, exotic, happy yet moody, relaxed, calm, playful.

90 – If this caught you’re eye you probably love exotic, tropical, bright, happy, sophisticated and upbeat vibes. Go colourful on the walls and furniture. I’d pick a blue or a turquoise for the wall and team that with either a blue, teal, orange or deep pink sofa dependant on the colours that drew you to this the most. Keep the legs simple and nondescript. That means light if the flooring is light, dark if the flooring is dark.

91 – Fun, bright, happy, playful, fresh, pop. If you love yellow then this would be a great colour for a sofa in a mostly neutral light and bright space. I you like it rather than love it opt for a white or grey sofa and let the yellow play in other parts of the room. For a warm modern go for light wood leg, for a fresh modern go for a chrome leg.

92 – A light grey or mid grey sofa would best suit this fun yet refined, happy, summery, warm, playful, tropical, fun vibe. Play with patterned fabric like the grey and white diamonds for your rug. For the legs opt for light or medium brown wood to blend.

93 – A mid-light grey or charcoal grey sofa best suits this palm beach, tropical, sophisticated, fun, summery, glamorous vibe. Go with the charcoal if you the rest of the space is lighter and needs a statement, go with the mid-light grey if you have darker elements already in the room. For the legs opt for polished chrome for the grey, and matte black for the black sofa.

94 – If you’re always drawn to this colour and haven’t put it already on your walls take the plunge and invest in a light grey sofa which you can then accent with warmer toned pink, peachy, and taupe colours to bring it all to life. For the legs a simple medium toned wood leg will blend best. The vibe for this is fresh, modern, Scandinavian, happy, cosy, pretty, playful.

95 – A mid grey sofa would best suit this space because creates a neutral base like the light white background for even splashes of the other colours you love to play on. For the legs a simple brush chrome or stainless steel fits with the modern, happy, light, wintery, upbeat, sophisticated yet fun vibe.

96 – A mottled grey sofa similar to the bottom left in this image would best suit this tropical, happy, feminine, country meets beach, classical elegance style. As a flat grey would make it all feel more modern and graphic less classical. For the legs a mid toned wood similar to the wood in this image would suit best.

97 – If you’re crazy about this image opt for a dark pink sofa in a luxurious fabric in copper legs. If you only like it a mid tone grey sofa with dark wood legs will act as a neutral base for you to play with these colour and metals on top of and in the rest of the room. The vibe is feminine with an edge, rich, luxurious, modern attitude.

98 – A mottled grey sofa would best suit this clean, asian, japanese zen, rich, quiet, handmade yet refined vibe. For the legs a simple mid to dark wood leg fits this overall feeling.

99 – A light grey sofa would contrast against darker grey walls that I recommend you get if you’re naturally drawn to an image like this. Play on top with lots of blues, browns and burnt orange pillows, rugs, and curtains to get the overall vibe this brings of calm, relaxed, quiet, refined, laid back, masculine, soothing sophistication. For the legs a dark brown wood would be best or chrome would also work.

100 – This is an exotic and striking mix of colours that if you love a lot and have been drawn to for a while then I’d use it and go bold with a pink sofa in a deep blue room, which you then tie together further with patterns that combine the two colours and some neutral colours mixed in. If you were drawn to only one of these colours instead use it on the wall or as an accent in a patterned throw pillow on a darker grey sofa which will still bring in the palm beach, mad-men, vintage elegance, luxurious, high end vibe but in a more subtle way. For the legs simple chrome or light wood would be best.

101 – Have you loved orange FOREVER? If you have an love a bright bold room either paint you room this colour and opt for a brown sofa. If you like your room a bit more fun and bright then opt for a neutral room and add an orange sofa with chrome legs as a statement within the space. If this is a new love then use it as an accent colour and look to some of the other colour images you were drawn to for sofa colour inspiration. The vibe of this is fun, bright, bold, exotic, playful, and retro colours done in a modern way.

102 – Bold, exuberant, african, tribal, pop, bright, playful, exotic, modern. If you’re drawn to this you like colour and that means for your sofa choice and space choice then it would be good to opt for something more neutral which allows these colours to play. A dark navy sofa in a lighter space or a simple grey sofa will be a clean backdrop for you to play on top with lots of colourful rugs, pillows, and accessories. For the legs chrome would bring out the modern and black would fit with the modern graphicness that you can also feel in this.

103 – A light grey sofa would act as a simple clean base for you to play with these fun, playful yet adult, modern meets mid-century, happy colours. That said, if you’ve loved one of these colours for the longest time then make it a the pop in the room by using it as the sofa colour. For the legs modern, clean and chrome, or mid-century and wooden. Take your pick dependant on the vibe you’re most drawn to.

104 – A taupe-grey sofa with any kind of wooden legs would best suit this calm, earthy, casual, sweet yet not in a girly way vibe.

105 – A white sofa would work best if you already have a grey clean, modern, graphic, pop, edgy yet happy space. For the legs opt for chrome since it’s clean and modern which is fitting. Then play with rugs, cushions, and armchairs with the pale blue and orange pops of colour.

106 – Rustic, cabin, dark but warm, casual, cosy, vintage and masculine. If you have a darker space then add a soft warm white sofa with texture like linen. If you have a lighter space add  taupe-grey sofa with texture like linen. For the the legs opt for matte worn or old metals or woods.

107 – If you have a mostly neutral and grey space and have loved one of these colours for a long time then use that colour as your sofa colour teamed with clean chrome or light wooden legs for a warmer more Scandinavian feel. If not opt for a light to medium grey sofa with metal legs and play with your bright almost neon colours and teal on top. This vibe is industrial, modern, bright, happy, seriously playful, and German.

108 – Edgy and happy, calm, soothing, graphic, playful, arty, pop. A lighter grey sofa against a darker grey wall or vice versa will be the perfect clean and slightly more serious space for all the crazy and fun bright colours to play. For the legs a warm medium to dark toned wood would be best.

109 – Is yellow a colour you’ve loved for a long time? If yes then do it on the walls and opt for a light grey sofa with pale wooden legs to go with this fresh, happy, playful, Scandinavian modern vibe. If this is a new love, then a neutral white, light wood, and a grey space will act as a clean, modern and fresh base for your to bring yellow in as a happy fun colour. For this second option a Grey room white sofa and pale wood legs would be a bit more moody and closer to this vibe. On the other side a white room grey sofa wth pale wood legs would be more fresh and bright feeling.

110 –  Exotic, tribal, bohemian, rich, spicy, Moroccan. This vibe is all about mixing in patterns so layer a flat coloured sofa with tribal blankets and pillows. If you like to make a statement go warm and exotic with a burnt orange or dark yellow sofa. If you like it a bit more calm, and earthy pick a brown you love. If you like it really calm and a bit cooler then opt for a rich dark green or deep dark navy sofa. My suggestion is always pick a colour out of the above that you consistently love and go back to and use that. For the legs a dark wood best suits the richness of this vibe.

111 – Rich, opulent, exotic, bold, elegant, bright. This look is about layering on the colour in your room. Pick intense colours that are a little greyed so they’re not too pop and happy because this look is a little more serious than that. Cooler colours on the walls and biggest items of furniture such as purples or blues are more calming and easier to live in than hot colours like orange and yellow which work a lot better as an accent. If you can’t imagine living in this much colour then opt for a dark grey or black space to give you a darker opulent base where you can then bring in these brighter colours on top

112 –   Rich, opulent, exotic, bold, elegant, bright. This look is about layering on the multicoloured pattern in your room. Pick multi-colour patterns that have some black in them so they’re not too pop and happy because this look is a little more serious than that. Unless you love wild wallpaper and lots going on opt for a dark grey or black space to give you a darker opulent base and sofa where you can then bring in these brighter patterns and colours on top whether that be cushions, rugs or if you love a particular look the sofa itself. Keep the legs dark wood to fit with the rest of the richness going on.

113 – If you love pale purples and have them already on your walls a white or light grey sofa with chrome legs will best suit this 80s goes modern, neon, pop, happy, pretty yet edgy, fresh, clean, minimalistic vibe.

114 – If you were drawn to this image and your home is not already painted out dark then take the plunge it’ll be sure to make you happy. Pick a small room first if you’re scared. Then a green velvet sofa or a creamy neutral sofa with chrome or dark wood legs would best suit this dark, edgy, cosy, yet interesting, calm, rich, exotic, space.

115 – If you were drawn to this image and your home is not already painted out dark then take the plunge it’ll be sure to make you happy. Pick a small room first if you’re scared. Then this darker look can be balanced with softer tones, pick a taupe or dark tan coloured sofa or even a rich deep navy blue based on which of those you’re most naturally drawn to. For the legs keep them dark wood so they blend well. The vibe here is dark, deep, quiet, relaxing, chilled atmosphere.

116 – Decadent, dark, relaxed, calm and feminine, and a little bit happy. A light-mid grey sofa would work incredibly well here to bring in the teals, aquas and aubergine

117 – If you were drawn to this image and your home is not already painted out a warm mid-tone colour then take the plunge it’ll be sure to make you happy. Pick a small room first if you’re scared. Then this can be balanced with softer tones or taupes or beige,  or even a rich deep green based on which of those you’re most naturally drawn to. For the legs keep them dark wood so they blend well. The vibe for this is historical, regal, country, calm, warm, soothing, sophisticated, country, winter cabin.

118 – country cabin, natural, calm, earthy, relaxed yet refined, and historical. For this vibe a traditional fabric sofa pattern like a houndstooth or a plaid with wooden legs would best set the tone of this type of space and be a place for you to play with more greens and blues on top of it.

119 – Modern, sophisticated, calm, relaxed, masculine, cosy and executive. For this vibe a taupe or grey toned sofa with chrome or dark wood legs would suit this dark luxurious vibe yet remain neutral enough for changes. If you love a deep dark rich green, then a sofa in this colour with chrome or dark wood legs will bring a bit of drama in a relaxed way.

120 – Rich, elegant, refined, sophisticated, luxurious, Manhattan. For this vibe a rich green or soft grey velvet sofa with dark wood or burnished bronze legs will give you the modern elegance this image invokes.

121 – Rustic, country, heritage, cabin, casual yet elegant, warm, and wintery. If this caught your eye a traditional plaid fabric sofa or a simple grey that you layer these patterns on top of would best suit this relaxed yet still pulled together vibe. For the legs, dark wooden legs will be the best fit.

122 – A light grey sofa with mid tone wood legs will create the fresh clean, natural, light, and airy vibe that this image invokes and act as a neutral base for your plants and woods to play.

123 – A warm taupe, beige or even pale blue-grey sofa with mid tone natural wooden legs suits this country, clean, fresh, calm, relaxed, causal rustic yet modern vibe.

124 – Clean, fresh, modern, natural, happy, earthy, light, clean, minimalistic yet warm and inviting. For this space a warm grey light sofa is a simple clean base for your to play with other accents of green. Go for mid tone wooden legs to fit the more natural vibe.

125 – If your walls are tan then a creamy sofa. If your wall are creamy, and you have wooden floors, then a mid tone grey sofa best suits this handmade, rustic yet modern, zen, earthy, casual and warm vibe. For the legs wooden legs in a light to mid tone would be best for both sofa colours.

126 – If you have a mostly monotone neutral space and love pale greens a lot then you could do a pale green sofa. Otherwise I would do a light grey sofa that you can play on top with accents of greens and whites to give you the calm, fresh, warm, comforting, relaxed, Scandinavian warm modern vibe.

127 – A camel leather coloured sofa or a rich green sofa with mid tone wood or brass legs would best suit this warm, rich, earthy, nature meets city, elegant vibe. Pick either based on which of these colours you love the most. If you’re not sure. A mid grey sofa with wooden legs would also work if you team it with other armchairs in worn leather and different accent pillows in green, blue and tan.

128 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark I am sure you’ll love it. Start with a small space if you’re unsure. For the sofa a light grey or black sofa with dark wooden legs best suits this classical, clean, modern elegant and casual vibe.

129 – Historical, rich, opulent, warm, cosy, layered, regal. If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark burgundy, green or a wallpaper mix with gold and florals. For the sofa opt for something relaxed and quiet in a sofa beige with dark wood that you can then layer textiles and pillows over. Or if you want to go the whole way a elegant pattern in dark greens, golds, and burgundy also.

130 – If you were drawn to this image and your walls aren’t already dark, paint them out dark gunmetal grey. I am sure you’ll love it. Team that with a fresh white sofa with dark wooden legs or brushed chrome legs for this masculine, industrial, dark yet fresh, bold, rich and cold vibe.

131 – Muted, calm, relaxed, casual, dark, rich, warm, cosy, modern county. If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark I am sure you’ll love it. Start with a small space if you’re unsure. For the sofa either a black or tan with mid tone wooden legs. Go black in a black space if you already have wooden floors. Go tan in a black space if your flooring is on the darker side like perhaps concrete. Or if your space is less dark then also go black with your sofa to bring in the darkness you were drawn to here.

132 –  If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Start with a small space if you’re unsure. For the sofa any type of beige with with matching wooden legs will work to bring the lightness that makes this dark vibe feel modern, fresh yet dark, clean, cosy, rustic, country but clean and modern.

133 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a dark beige or blue-grey sofa with dark wooden legs and play on top with richer textures and colours. The vibe for this is dark, historical, elegant yet undone, opulence.

134 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a white or warm grey sofa with mid-dark wooden legs or chrome legs to bring in the classic-with-a-twist black and white. The vibe for this is dark, relaxed sophistication, edgy yet casual contemporary vibe.

135 –  If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a white or light grey sofa to bring in the classic with a twist, warm, textured, cosy, handmade, soothing vibe.

136 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a white sofa with brushed nickel legs to bring in the classic with a twist black and white, elegant, slightly vintage, calm, quiet, yet intelligent vibe.

137 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a dark grey sofa with chrome legs to suit this masculine, clean, organise, minimalistic but warm, cosy, executive, formal yet not uptight vibe.

138 – If you were drawn to this image and your space is not already dark then try painting your walls dark. I am sure you’ll love it. Then top that with a with a  light-mid grey sofa in a luxurious fabric with chrome legs to bring in the elegant yet relaxed, dark , modern, high end city living vibe.

 

SOFA FABRICS:

Based on the feelings you wrote down in step three now we are going to put the sofa style and colour preferences together by looking for the fabric that fits the style and vibe you’re after.

For this there are two approaches.

Approach one: is if the shape of sofa and colours match exactly the vibe you want to create. If this is the case you simply look for those same words in the list below.

Approach two: is if there was a mismatch.

Perhaps you were drawn to all the formal style sofa shapes but want a more relaxed version of formal in your home. Then you look for more casual fabrics to relax the formal sofa styles you like.

Another example is if you like all the mid-century buttoned up style sofas but want it to feel a bit more warm and cosy. Then you might look to bring that in with a softer more wooly type fabric.

Or as a final example you like the low long laid back sofas but want it to feel luxurious, perhaps then it is about going for velvet to up the glamour of the sofa.

Now, armed wth the 3-5 words that describe the feeling you want to create at home from step three, look for similar words in the below list and see which fabrics will give you that vibe.

Casual, beachy, relaxed, country, laid back:

Woven fabrics are going to give you this vibe more than any other type of fabric. Linen especially, has natural links to beach and country homes. However cotton and other weaves, as well as those with prints work equally well. For a more rustic feel opt for woven fabrics with a chunkier, and nobbly feel. For a casual yet sophisticated feel look for fabrics with a tighter finer weave.

If you’re worried about kids and stains then now there are a huge range of outdoor and commercial fabrics that have a similar feel but are incredibly stain resistant and hard wearing.

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Luxurious, glamorous, elegant, regal, plush:

To achieve this kind of feel velvet is a great options because it is plush, soft, and has a shine to it. Woven fabrics that are also either plush in a fine way or have a shine or shimmer to them like silks also bring that feeling just watch out that it doesn’t go too fake shinny. Also actual suede fabrics in interesting and unusual finishes fit this vibe.

For harder wearing kid friendly options look to commercial fabrics and other engineered versions of these fabrics rather than natural materials.

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Rustic, homey, traditional, warm, country cabin:

For more warm and rustic vibes the best option is soft and textural woven fabrics that have a chunkiness to them, and dark cognac leathers if wanting a slightly masculine bent. Although if going the leather route you want them to look a bit aged and worn over the years.

Think brushed cotton, twill, tweed, pebble weaves, and traditional patterns like herringbone, houndstooth and plaid. Or other very ralph lauren home patterns like dark florals

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Modern, clean, tidy, fresh, sophisticated, happy:

Fabrics that have a clean clear surface are the most modern feeling. For softness, and a warm modern vibe opt for woven fabrics. Also leather that has a softness to touch rather than a cold hard slippy surface like faux suede works well. Be careful though that it is not simply a super soft leather that will give over time leaving you with a saggy looking sofa if you do use the real thing.

Prints also work well here, especially if they are geometric, or bright and happy coloured.

Textured or slightly textured fabric is more uniform and manmade feeling than natural and uneven.

If you’re worried about kids and stains then now there are a huge range of outdoor and commercial fabrics that have a similar feel to indoor woven fabrics or suede but are incredibly stain resistant and hard wearing.

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Minimalistic, pop, futuristic, gallery:

These fabrics are the least textured and variated of all the fabrics. Think felt fabrics in flat colours and clean finished leathers that keep their shapes letting the form of the sofa play its part of art.

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Vintage, retro, mid-century:

These fabrics have either retro geometrical style patterns or are tweed or boucle with a mix of darker and lighter or different coloured threads. The more patterned the more retro these fabrics feel. The mottled solid fabrics are the more modern retro option.

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Historical, classical, feminine:

Fabrics from the past are all about pattern. Take reference from the era and types of home from the past that you like the most.  The more repetitive the pattern and glossy the fabric the more formal the feel. The looser the pattern, and more matte the fabric the more casual the feel.

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Much love,

Rach xx

 

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