Sofa shopping checklist
As a sofa is typically both the most used and largest piece of furniture in a room, homeowners need to carefully consider all the elements of color and style, scale, placement, comfort and durability when making this very important purchase, according to Barbara March, manager, sales & marketing, for Norwalk’s Fairfield Antique & Design Center (www.fairfieldantiqueanddesign.com).
Scale and placement are the first on the list, she says: “Where is the sofa going to be and how much room is available in that space? Not everyone has room for a massive sectional and something too diminutive can seem lost in a large room, if all by itself.”
While color and style are a matter of individual preference, homeowners should not be afraid to mix and match. “A mid century modern style sofa with a more streamlined profile can look perfectly at home mixed in with more traditional decorative accessories, as might a traditional sofa, such as a Chesterfield be integrated into an updated design by using unexpected design element such as an abstract painting,” Barbara explains. Color can be either used as a “pop” or a focal point to anchor a room or as a neutral to blend harmoniously with the other furnishings.
Durability is also important to consider, not only in terms of construction but also in terms of upholstery. Silk linen may be fine in a lightly used formal dining room but would not hold up to the daily demands of a young family, for example.
Finally, comfort is essential: “Your sofa is most likely be the most used piece of furniture in the room,” Barbara contends. “It’s important to ask lots of questions about construction, materials used warranties, etc. and of course, sit on it! If it’s not comfortable in the show room it’s unlikely to become so in your living room.”
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