Residential Color and Style from a Certified True Color Expert.

Is your sofa this comfortable?

Buy the best sofa you can afford. A good sofa can last 20+ years with a few re-coverings.  There are several trade-only lines that I have had very good luck with over the years. There are also some excellent retail lines if you are a do-it-yourselfer.

If you are investing in a new sofa, check the legs to see if they are wood. Many brands use cheap plastic legs which will not withstand heavy wear. “8 way, hand-tied” is also an indication of quality.

Don’t think you have to have down or blend-down. Down  backs require constant re-plumping to look good. Sometimes a “tight back” style is the way to go, which has no separate back cushions. Again, a good designer can help you make the right decision.

As for style, you need to decide how you will use the sofa.

In a family room where someone might lie down to watch television, for instance, you would want to avoid a Knowles-style sofa which has very high sides.

Toss-type back cushions will end up on the floor, especially if you have young children. Semi-tight backs aren’t able to be rotated, or even easily re-plumped, since they are attached.

A single bench cushion for the seat is a good look and on-trend, and is more widely available as an option now.

Two seat cushions are not as comfy for someone lying down to watch television, but more comfy if two people are sitting together (upright). All of this is worth a discussion with your design professional.

A good design professional will keep  you from making an expensive mistake.

Source: via Coco on Pinterest

For color, a good solid neutral gives you the most flexibility.

Punches of color can come from pillows and accessories. You should avoid a pinky-beige undertone, because that particular color will limit your other design options the most.

Here is the pinky-beige color you will want to avoid if possible, especially if you have yellow or yellow beige walls. This creates a very undesirable clash of undertones:


A nicely designed quality sofa is always a good investment. The wrong sofa will just be an expensive mistake.

A sofa will probably be the third most expensive soft furnishing in your room. Drapery and rug will be one and two, most likely.

Good Design is always an investment, but Bad Design is just costly.

2 responses

  1. Best sofa pic ever, with the dog !

    XO T

    October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    • Ellen at Color Calling

      Glad you commented! Thanks for visiting!

      October 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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