If the Dining Table is the centre piece of the home, then the sofa is a very close second. It’s the ultimate living room centerpiece, where we retreat to after supper.
It’s where we sit soft for a long gossip with friends and crash out on for a night in front of the TV.
- Furniture for Homebodies
- White Sofas: Scandinavian Sofas
- Boho Sofa: Stylish Sofas Scandi Style
- Minimalist Sofa vs. Perfect Home Sofas
- Bedroom Sofa: Old is the New Modern
- Antique Sofas: Vintage Sofas
- Designer Sofas for You: Scandi Style Sofas
- Living Room Sofa: Best Sofas for Small Living Rooms
For homebodies the sofa is where we spend a lot of our time and therefore it is the one piece of furniture which can take a very long time to decide on.
The sofa has to work on all fronts – comfort, size, shape, colour, fabric, durability, quality, aesthetics and how it fits in with the rest of the living room.
It’s often the first item on the shopping list, though, which helps build the rest of the home around it. But every few years it has to be replaced…often with a different look.
Unlike the fashion world, which thrives on super fast turn-over of collections and a trickle down effect from fashionistas, celebrities and influencers, furniture is much more dependent on what consumers actually want…and need.
Much effort is put into the design of each sofa with the end consumer’s wants and needs being tried and tested before being put into production – a sofa is an expensive purchase and it takes us long to decide.
White Sofas : Scandinavian Sofas
Sticking to the Scandinavian design heritage of clean lines and light colours, designers immediately run into trouble. Practicality.
Because comfort is also on the Scandi list of design priorities and the two do not always go hand in hand.
Sometimes, the sofa will be the only coloured big piece of furniture in the room to make it more user friendly, but also to add that splash of color.
Boho Sofa : Stylish Sofas Scandi Style
The stylish younger generation who are more well-travelled and internationally mineded than the fathers of Danish and Scandinavian design have found a solution to the Mid Century Modern and minimalist design heritage of the Nordic countries.
Rugs, cusions, throws, blankets…are applied generously and with some style, creating the Scandi Boho look of organised chaos…
Just 25 years ago those accessories were deemed unnecessary at best and, at worst, over the top and a major faux pas.
But busy lifestyles, international travel and exchange of cultures have added to the new generation, including the Millennials’ taste for a new look.
As they travel they pick up home decor pieces from all over their world and these are matched with the blank canvas they grew up with.
Minimalist Sofa vs. Perfect Home Sofas
To many Scandinavians, the minimalist sofa IS the perfect home sofa. But what exactly is a minimalist sofa? It’s a sofa that’s so pared down and un-fussy in design and color that it almost fades into the background.
Some may think the minimal look is soulless…indeed, there is nothing that reveals much about the owners lifestyle. It lacks ‘personality’.
But minimal look offers ‘peace’ – an uncluttered environment where it’s possible to wind down after a long day at the office or working in a creative business.
Bedroom Sofa : Old is the New Modern
The sofa or couch is the centerpiece in most Scandi living rooms, but one trend that is yet to catch on in a big way is the sofa in the bedroom.
Size is the main obstacle – the bedroom is not usually big enough to accommodate a sofa but where possible, it is a growing fashion.
In new-builds, a large bedroom with a hotel-style seating arrangement is not uncommon. In fact, in the old days, it was a regular feature in smarter homes.
Antique Sofas : Vintage Sofas
Antique, weather-beaten old leather sofas appear to have taken the world by storm – Millennials can’t get enough of them. The vintage couch, as seen below, is the interior design equivalent to ripped old jeans.
At Du Your Home we are not huge fans of this type of sofa – they’re just on the wrong side of worn and vintage…but we get it.
They’re the ultimate ‘crash out in front of the TV’ piece of furniture, low maintenance – mainly because it it gets dirty you probably wouldn’t notice – and it’s comfortable.
Another plus…it really does work with the minimalist background, the white walls, coffee table, washed floorboards and the rugs.
But have a look at this sofa: patchwork and brilliantly uplifting to look at.
Designer Sofas for You : Scandi Style Sofas
The word Scandi virtually equals design – and designer sofas are as even more common place than designer handbags.
This piece is more chaise longue than actual sofa, but it takes the ordinary couch to the next level.
Scandinavian furniture designers go above and beyond what consumers want – they create what we don’t yet know we’d love and need.
It’s a drive and talent that has propelled Scandi furniture designers to the forefront of interior design and home decor for nearly 100 years.
Living Room Sofa : Best Sofas for Small Living Rooms
Is a sofa really necessary in a small room? No, not really…but it’s a nice thing to have to offer a guest or to crash out it.
Today’s apartments are often modestly sized, if not cramped, and getting an old style two or three seater through the door can be hard enough.
But designers are increasingly making smaller 1.5 seaters or even large comfy chairs which could be mistaken for a small sofa.
In our experience, two comfy chairs are as effective as a small sofa. But every self-respecting furniture dealer will have one or two small sofas for the new home owner.