So the question of the day is what exactly makes a house a home? What are the elements that push a space from ordinary to a nice place to call home and what is required to lay the foundation for achieving great results? Although its human nature to focus on paint colors first, this approach can lead to frustrations down the road. A more practical approach would be to select the colors of what I’d like to refer to as investment design elements which are typically items that are more costly and hard to change such as carpets, sofas, and window treatments. It’s much easier to match fabrics and carpets to paint colors as opposed to searching for fabrics for draperies and sofas that match a particular paint color.
So which comes first the carpet or the sofa? There is no right answer. Everyone’s situation is unique especially if you don’t have the luxury of furnishing an entire room with all new furnishings. This also may be the case if you have inherited or own a special piece of furniture or perhaps a rug that will be incorporated into or is the inspiration for the overall look you’re trying to achieve. The key is deciding what that key element or inspirational piece is.
So let’s say it’s the sofa. Which of the following feels right for you?
These are just a few of the numerous options that are available. Although well constructed sofas can be costly initially, in the long run quality is less expensive when you consider the replacement costs of poor quality materials and home furnishings. A good sofa can last several lifetimes and a love one may appreciate being the recipient of one of these beauties. Even if the color of the fabric isn’t well suited to their taste a solid frame provides the foundation needed when considering whether it makes sense to reupholster a sofa for an updated look.
We’ll take a look at one of the other elements that contributes to a great home design next time.
p.s. If there is a particular style of sofa that you prefer please share.