The sofa is the absolute protagonist of the living area as a central element around which our domestic life revolves. If we're tired, the couch is the right place to sink for stress relief and some rest. If we want to read a book or watch a movie with friends, a comfortable and welcoming upholstered sofa is the ideal solution for our moments of relaxation.
The sofa has become an essential complement to our homes as it symbolizes the place where every family shares moments of intimacy, carefreeness and rest. Available in an infinite number of combinations of materials, configurations and colours, the sofa significantly determines the style of the environment in which it is placed.
How to choose the right sofa for your living room?
Buying a sofa is a very important choice both in the case of new homes and for a project of modernization of an old apartment. Furnishing the living area with a modern sofa is essential because it enriches the space with plays of volumes, shapes and materials. Given the variety of styles, coverings and combinations, it is not easy to understand which sofa can be suitable for your needs. The first aspects to consider are the space available and the number of people living in the house.
A sofa that is too big could make it difficult for people to pass through and move around the room; a small sofa, on the other hand, could be uncomfortable or even useless if you often have many guests at home. If your living area has limited space, the two-seater sofa could be the right choice for you. Its small size allows you not to give up a small relaxation area in your living room. For small rooms, it is also advisable to use sofas with storage compartments or with attached tables for storing magazines, vases or other decorative objects.
If you have medium sized rooms available, you can opt for the classic three-seater sofa that can be placed either against a wall or in the middle of the room, almost acting as a divider between the living room and the dining area. The two or three seater sofas, having not excessive dimensions, can be easily placed in other positions if you want to rethink the look of the room or even can be moved to other environments. The sofa with chaise longue, on the other hand, is located right in front of a wall equipped with TV as it allows you to lie down completely and also to take a nap. For very large or open space environments you can choose a modular sofa consisting of various modules that can be assembled together in hundreds of different configurations. The sectional sofas are also suitable if you are hosting many people at home as they are a real space for conviviality in which to chat or share carefree moments. The modular sofa can also be positioned in the middle of the room, almost as if to reiterate its role as the main element within the room.
The most sought-after of the modular models is the corner sofa that can be easily positioned against two walls of the room, creating a real corner in which to relax or divide two areas of the same room with different functions.
The sofa: a versatile and multifunctional element
The main function of the sofa is to facilitate conversation. The sofas are in fact the ideal place to accommodate their guests for a chat. They are often accompanied by tables, also attached to the structure of the sofa itself, to comfortably sip a coffee or a glass of wine.
If you prefer to watch TV comfortably lying down, it is essential to place the sofa at the right distance to avoid straining your eyesight. The sofa is also suitable for reading a good book: it is often accompanied by a floor lamp that can provide adequate lighting. When you are very tired, a recliner sofa serves the function of a real bed: you lie down for a few minutes to regain strength and you end up falling asleep completely. In this regard, if you often have guests in the house, the sofa bed becomes essential to have in a few steps additional beds.
The comfort of a sofa
When we go to a store or showroom, the first thing we do is try the sofa before we buy it. Comfort is therefore another essential element in the choice of upholstered furniture in parallel with its design.
A comfortable sofa must ensure a correct posture to the person who sits there. It is recommended that the height of the seat be such that your feet can rest on the floor. The armrests should also not be too low as there is a risk of increasing neck tension. The entire spine must rest on the backrest for discomfort caused by incorrect posture. Sofas with headrests can help relax muscles if properly adjusted. The high-backed sofas are perfect for lounges, open-plan areas and offices, as they also provide the right privacy. Do not underestimate the importance of the padding of the sofa that should not be too soft but not too rigid. Seat cushions must be stiffer than the back cushions because they must support the weight of the person sitting on them without causing them to sink. Back cushions can be softer. The most used materials for the padding are the polyurethane foam often covered with synthetic wadding that allows to obtain more rounded shapes, or the feathers and, among the new entries, the memory-foam.
What's the right upholstery for your sofa?
As with all other furniture and objects for the home, it is necessary to carefully evaluate the type and style of the sofa to be inserted into the living area. In fact, it is essential to choose the type of covering and the colours that best suit the environment in which the sofa is to be inserted. Leather sofas retain a timeless charm and are available in shades and shades ranging from lighter to darker shades.
One of the trends of recent years that has brought to the fore the vintage style has made the worn leather sofas a must-have for lovers of the genre. The leather upholstery, besides being valuable, is also very resistant but requires special attention to prevent it from being damaged. Alternatively, you can choose a leatherette sofa, a synthetic fabric that has a look very similar to that of natural leather: imitation leather is certainly less expensive but also less resistant. With fabric sofas you can unleash your imagination and inspiration, thanks to the ability to play with patterns, textures and materials. The infinite combinations of materials and colors allow you to create thousands of solutions for your living room with combinations and contrasts to effect. The fabric is the ideal choice if you are looking for a cheap sofa. In addition, this type of covering is easily washable: sofas with removable covers are therefore the best solution if you have small children around the house or frequent guests
Creativity has no limits with the fabric sofa
The fabric sofas deserve some attention because there are many choices before our eyes. The sofa can be covered with natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, linen or synthetic fabrics such as polyester and microfibre. Waterproof and weatherproof fabrics can also be used, making the sofa suitable for outdoor environments.
The velvet sofas give a touch of elegance and refinement to the environment as well as a pleasant feeling of softness to the touch. Once you have defined the type of fabric, you need to define the color palette of our sofa.
Solid-coloured sofas can be easily adapted to any type of environment. A light and neutral color will make the environment brighter, a darker color will give you the perception of a smaller environment than the actual one.
If we mix light and dark fabrics, we can decide to create pleasant combinations or contrasts of effect with the colors of the walls, floor and armchairs. If we prefer a coating with bright colors, we must be careful to skillfully combine all the other elements of the living room to avoid creating unpleasant effects or exaggerated contrasts. The designer sofas proposed in recent years play on the mix of fabrics with the most diverse patterns: flowers, stripes, geometric patterns, multicolor, optical, camouflage, polka dots, tweeds and much more.
It is precisely the modular sofas that lend themselves best to the alternation between graphic patterns and monochrome coverings but not only. There is nothing to prevent us from mixing leather-covered modules with fabric modules, solid-colour modules with patterned modules, modules with a pattern type with others with different patterns, and so on. With the fabric sofas you can really let your imagination run wild!
The timeless elegance of classic style sofas
The classic style sofas are the perfect synthesis between refinement and timeless elegance. They are located next to traditional wooden or vintage style furniture or in living areas that are not strictly modern. They are characterized by enveloping shapes, generous padding and jacquard fabrics, damasks or brocades, the result of tailoring, real jewels of furniture made and sewn by hand. However, the latest trends in the sector have led to the idea of mixing the classic with the modern. The result is a classic sofa revisited in a modern key: just think of the capitonné sofas that strip themselves of their important coverings and their traditional quilting to the advantage of lighter volumes and more modern colors, becoming true evergreens in our homes.