ONE SOFA FIVE WAYS
Choosing a sofa for your living room can be a daunting decision. It’s a big ticket item that you only want to have to buy a handful of times in one lifetime, so there’s certainly some pressure to get it right. It needs to be comfortable – that’s a given – but it also needs to transcend trends and grow with your interior style months and ideally years down the track. There’s nothing worse than feeling pigeonholed by a large, heavy item that’s expensive to replace. And this is why you can never go wrong with a little grey sofa.
A little grey sofa is to your home what a little black dress is to your wardrobe; its success lies largely in accessories. Dress it up with pops of colour for a contemporary vibe, or layer it with natural textures in simple Nordic style. If you need further convincing, check out the five different ways we’ve styled the same little grey sofa here.
With its clean, contemporary lines, it might be surprising that this sofa complements a Hamptons-inspired look so well, but a few plush cushions is all it takes to build a lofty, prominent profile favoured by swanky seaside homes. It stays true to the classic-meets-coastal look with oceanic blues and soft neutrals paired with luxurious layered textures, pale timbers and traditional furniture shapes, but the addition of a gold flecked cowhide and metallic accent furniture are anything but out of place; these slight deviations create a fresh, updated look.
Saturated colour isn’t the only way to make a statement if you know how to capitalise on contrast. And this eye-catching monochrome space certainly knows how. When working with a limited palette like this, pattern is key. Where solid black would look flat and heavy, the geometric patterns add texture, dimension and of course, personality. Accented with brassy décor, the overall result nods to Art Deco with its bold Hollywood Regency vibe. As for the little grey sofa, its soft mid-tone stands out and ties the tones together at the same time.
Contemporary interiors love a splash of colour, and while white can be too stark and cream too classic, a pale grey sofa is the perfect canvas. The sunset palette of blue, pink and yellow carries through from the coffee table styling to the cushions and finally to the striking African baskets on the wall. Notice how the round shape is also echoed in the flat woven rug? And how the canisters borrow the same saturated jewel tones? It’s thoughtful and cohesive without being obvious.
In this jungalicious look, the little grey sofa all but camouflages among lush plant life. It’s a subdued and calming centrepiece for an urban oasis that draws inspiration largely from the natural world and wants the surroundings, not the furniture, to be the focus. Baskets, layered woven rugs, tactile cushions and organic shapes mingle together to tantalise the sense of touch, while a mix of tall trees with large waxy leaves, frothy ferns and small succulents diversify the textures even more.
Another exercise in styling without colour, this approach uses the fail-safe combination of black, white and metallic. Again, the sofa sits midway between black and white, making it a great unifying element, while copper tones warm up the pared-back palette. The zebra print hide and cosy sheepskin bring organic forms into the mix; an effective way to soften sharp angles. Unlike the first monochrome scheme, this one takes a more natural, tribal lean.
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