The sofa is usually the most significant piece of furniture in your living room, so it makes sense to make it the room’s focal point. Especially if you are working with a smaller space, you should automatically assume that everyone’s attention will naturally fall on the couch. If that is the case, why not roll with it?
Here are three tips for making your new sofa the focal point of your living room.
Pull seating away from the walls.
It can be tempting to shove your furniture to the walls of the room, especially if you are fighting for open floor space. But there are some great reasons not to do so. When you pull furniture away from the walls, it creates a much cozier spot for conversation. It also gives you better walkways tokeep clear for easy movement from one room to the next.
You shouldn’t try to move heavy bookcases, collectible shelving, or other heavy items. These should stay firmly against the wall for additional stability. If you have small children or pets, you should also install a restraint to keep it from falling.
Choose a distinctive pattern.
If your accent chairs are patterned, you might be afraid to try to match them on your sofa. But some patterns can complement each other. Stripes don’t have to match, but they should run in the same direction. Just as you would never put polka dots and stripes together in your wardrobe, you shouldn’t do it in your living room either.
However, floral patterns work well with both of these troublesome patterns. It is usually pretty easy to find floral patterned sofas that match your other furniture, whether it is a solid color, striped, or dotted.
Contrasting bright color
If you don’t want to mix and match patterns, look for a bright color that contrasts with the rest of your living room. You still want it to match, so it is a good idea to choose a brighter shade of another color already prominent in the room. For example, you could have the artwork and accent chairs of deep forest green, then choose a solid mint or green grass sofa. The brighter color will ensure that the sofa is the first thing everyone sees when they walk in the door.
When choosing a bright color and sofa texture, keep in mind that you want it to remain pristine as the focal point of the room. Make it easier for yourself in the future and choose a fabric that will stand up to frequent use. It should also be easily cleaned, hard to stain, and easy to maintain in general.
Making the sofa the focal point of your room has some big rewards. Creating a cozy and welcoming place for conversation and companionship will set even the most nervous guests at ease. Ready to buy your sofa? Shop now!