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Sofa Styling 101

By October 3, 2017 No Comments

Have you found your dream sofa? Or are you dreaming about a new one? Even if you’ve discovered the perfect couch for your home, there’s more to making it fit in your home than just dropping it on the carpet. Sofa styling takes that beautiful new sofa up a notch and dramatically improves the overall look of your room.

When it comes to sofas – pillows, throws and a few other key pieces are the simplest way to create that pulled-together decorator look (not to mention the utmost lounge-ability). But with endless color, pattern and texture combinations, it can be hard to know where to begin. Fear not! Today we will break down the basics, from pillow sizing to patterns, to help you fashion your perfect sofa setup.

Whether white cotton, gray linen, navy velvet, or light tan leather like our mid mod sofa (pictured above) from Jovili, a neutral sofa is a decor classic and allows for the greatest variety of decor combinations. New sofas usually come with a set of throw pillows (sadly, they’re usually wimpy and do ZERO for your couch) YOU ARE NOT STUCK WITH THEM! We give you full permission to toss them in the “donate” pile. Swapping them out will give your sofa a fresh, custom look. As a general rule, an odd number of pillows makes for the most natural, inviting arrangement: three for smaller sofas, and five for larger ones. For this 83.5-inch sofa, we’ll use five.

Start with a pair of neutral-toned pillows to create a versatile foundation for the rest of your arrangement. Here we used two 20-inch square mud cloth pillows in cream and black. For the base pillows, choose a texture that plays against your sofa in an interesting way. We love how the slightly rough linen looks against our sofa’s smooth, buttery leather— but velvet or wool would be equally lovely.

Now for the fun part! Pick a pair of square pillows—either the same size as your first layer or a little smaller—in a color and pattern you love. The general rule of color for styling a sofa is three colors max – one sofa color and two or three pillow colors. And the general rule for patterns is to mix prints in different scales OR keep your prints in the same color family. You’ll notice here we used two same patterned pillows next to each other but it works because all the pillows are different colors and all the pillows are the same color family. Make sense? We love these organic feeling 20-inch mud cloth pillows from Stitched by Grace. Aren’t they beautiful? They are very well made, soft and on trend right now!

With your pillow party complete you now can focus on a few other important elements like throw blankets and artwork. Being a huge texture lover I had to go with a big chunky throw. Again, this texture works well to soften the clean lines and smooth material of the sofa. You can drape it over the over the arm of the sofa, over the back of the sofa or towards the middle of the sofa like we did here. The possibilities are endless!

The cozy cowhide throw rug warms up the room and compliments the mid-century modern sofa. Notice how the colors of both the throw and rug compliment the colors in the pillows without feeeling matchy matchy.

The beautiful artwork here was done by Amy Young and coordinates so well with the sofa and pillows. Artwork above a sofa is a timeless look that will always serve you well. The trick is to find just the right piece and we can help you with that! From commissioned artwork to ready to go favorites, we’ve got you covered.

Lastly,  be sure to leave a little breathing room between the sofa and the wall. A console or a small table (like we used here) works well for layering. We love how the large Roman bust head keeps our room whimsical and fun – a conversation piece for sure!

Happy Decorating!

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