As the seasons change, the feel of my home changes too. And bringing a fresh, lighthearted feel to my home in the spring is one of my favorite thing to do! The changes are subtle but they do breathe a fresh new life into StoneGable! As I decorate my home for each new season I start with my mantel and then move to the front door and then to the sofas! Why sofas you might ask? Because it’s so easy to change the look of a sofa with the seasons! Let me show you!
Today on our podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we are talking about S-O-F-A-S!!!! How to find the perfect one. What to look for in a sofa and some of the different styles.
Anita told the most hysterical story about a sofa that we almost had to stop taping because we were laughing so hard! And I’m sharing what a designer said about a brown leather sofa. It’s sorta naughty!
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Here’s my early spring sofa!
Change starts with choosing pillows that reflect the season. This spring I’m going with a not-so-neutral color palette! My accent pillows are definitely bold and a bit sassy! I’m not feeling the soft colors and pastel vibes of spring just yet. It’s still quite cold here so I’m transitioning into spring!
I usually mix these flowered pillows with a black and white buffalo check, but to soften the look a little I chose my caramel and white check pillows. If you have a solid colored sofa, big check pillows in different colors are a great investment. I’ll probably use the black and white check pillows with the bold flower ones in the summer.
I found the fabric for these pillows a long time ago when I was looking for a sofa. I didn’t buy the sofa but bought 6 yards of this material. I had two pillows made from it and I think I’m going to cover the seat of a chair I’ll be introducing to my living room soon.
Here’s a little tip: Choose colors that you love and stick with them! I have pillows for all seasons in neutral colors. Like these pillows, the colors don’t scream spring but the motif and what I put with it does.
It’s so much easier to mix and match pillows if they all work together!
Another element to add to a sofa is a soft throw. Even in the summer, I keep one gently rumpled on my sofa. I change the weight and texture and color according to the season.
Just like all decor, our sofas love to be layered too! It’s still very chilly here in Lancaster County so I have a pretty thick throw accenting the sofa! As the weather warms I’ll switch it to a lighter one.
But here’s the big trick to making your sofa look like a spring…
Put spring details around it!!!! If you have the right pillows and add a throw all you need to do if finish the look with a springy vignette! You eye usually does not pick out just the sofa or just the vignette at first. It takes a picture of the whole area first. Then it bounces from one interesting element to the next.
When we look at a room our eyes usually do not pick out just the sofa or just the vignette at first. It takes a picture of the whole area. Then it bounces from one interesting element to the next. So when our eyes see my sofa, they think “spring”!
The secret is to make your layered sofa and vignette work together!
I chose a basket for this vignette because when I think spring I think baskets! And the light natural colors in the basket work well with the rest of the decor! I’m not opposed to using faux blooms as long as the look very very real! I’ve mad the investment in great fakes over the years and now I have a stash that
I’m not opposed to using faux blooms as long as the look very very real! I’ve made the investment in great fakes over the years and now I have a stash that are all extremely lifelike!
The pillows and the throw and the vignette work together to create a spring inspired sofa!
Easy peasy… and now you know my sofa secret! Why don’t you get your sofa ready for spring today?
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