Looking for the Right Sofa and Easy Chairs
Thanks for writing to me with your question; I LOVE to help folks find creative and inspirational ways to decorate their homes! I understand that your current sofa and chairs have come to the end of their useful life – a situation that all of us must face, sooner or later. I also like that you don’t just want to get more of what you already had. Your situation reminds me of a quote that’s been attributed to Henry Ford: “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” Since you’re open to considering some new (or at least different) options, here are seven suggestions of styles that might inspire you.
A Traditional Wing Chair with a Modern Twist
Let’s start with an idea for some fun easy chairs. To be fair, this idea isn’t really all that new, but it can be quite unique – I’m talking about wing chairs. The classic wing chair has been around since the late 1600s, and you’ve probably encountered an old wing chair or two in your day. Chances are decent that you might have even grown up with a wing chair in your parents’ home. Ever wondered why those chairs have wings, anyway? Classic wing chairs were also known as fireside chairs. It is said that the original purpose of the wings was to protect you from drafts while you sat near the fireplace. Designers nowadays are having lots of fun with the standard wing chair design, adapting its classic curves and using some more interesting materials for the upholstery and legs. Some folks like to put wing chairs at each head of their dining room table. And in the den, a wing chair can pair quite nicely with an ottoman. Explore some of the modern wing chair options and use your imagination to decide where to place them and how to pair them with other furniture.
A Modern-Style Tufted Sofa or Chair
Tufted furniture isn’t a new idea, either. The tufted trend gained popularity in the 1700s, but this is a style that’s far from dated. The “tufting” is typically reflected by a diamond-shaped pattern stitched or buttoned into the mattress or cushion. Tufting is an elegant, functional way to hold stuffing in place and prevent it from bunching up. A modern tufted sofa or chair (or both!) is a great way to soften your home’s interior, introduce some texture into your furniture, and also add more functional comfort to any bedroom or living room. Tufted furniture is also perfect for layering with some attractive throws and decorative pillows.
Stylish Condo Sofas and Chairs
There are many styles of sofa that could be classified as a “condo sofa.” You’ve probably sat on some version of a condo sofa if you’ve ever visited a dormitory lounge, for example. The classic condo sofa includes a low profile, bolster arms, boxed-edge seat cushions, and an exposed wood base. Modern furniture makers are getting much more creative with their condo sofa and chair designs, however, and some of their offerings are truly designer-worthy. The overstuffed cushions that have become popular in these pieces make for perfect lounging, too.
Velvet Fabric Chesterfield Sofa
Here’s another new take on a classic look. Chesterfield sofas have been around since the 18th century, and originally, they were only owned by British royalty. Traditional Chesterfield sofas look like something you might encounter at the Biltmore Estate or in some art gallery, but the look of these heirloom pieces has never really gotten old. On the contrary, this style has endured, and is still being produced with some modern twists. If you’d like to add an air of sophistication to your living space, Chesterfield-style sofas are now available from a number of popular retailers.
Large Cloud Sofa
Large cloud sofas are just one of the modern styles that have become more popular over the past 30 years or so. Cloud sofas and chaises are characterized by an oversized, curvilinear shape – there are no straight edges to be seen anywhere. These curvy pieces can help to frame your living room or den space, and they’re also generally designed to provide good lumbar support for sitting and relaxing. They’re often upholstered in tweed and similar fabrics, but you find them in other materials as well.
Le Corbusier Style Sofa
Want to channel a cool, industrial style into your living space? You might consider the Le Corbusier style of sofas, loveseats, chairs, and ottomans. These pieces use modern architectural components to add another facet to your home décor. They feature polished steel framework and are designed in mostly square and rectangular themes. The most common upholstery material for these pieces is leather, and the Le Corbsuier style can bring a sense of class and luxury to any room.
Don’t Forget About the Futon
My last creative suggestion for you is yet another creative take on an established style – the futon. While the futons made in the latter part of the 20th century weren’t necessarily all that comfortable, their charm was in their versatility. Is it a couch, or is it a bed? The answer is yes to both. And modern futons have made some advancements in the arenas of comfort, design, and materials that make them at least worth a look. If you’re tired of the same old upholstered furniture, you might consider a modern futon as an alternative to a traditional sofa. You can change the appearance of a futon to fit any style and any room with multiple mattresses and slipcovers available on the market today. Futon sofas are also a relatively inexpensive option, especially when compared to the cost of a traditional sleeper sofa.
Have Fun with It!
I hope you have fun picking out your new sofa and chair pieces for your home. And remember, it isn’t just about the furniture; you can also add style and personality with some nice throw blankets and decorative pillows. I encourage you to peruse the luxury bedding and décor collections from Jennifer Adams for some unique, attractive, and super-soft options that are perfect to help make your house really feel like home. I wish you all the best, and please send pictures once you’re done!