Decorating Details: Everything you need to know about picking a sofa – Part 1

A sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases you will make for your home. You’ll use it a lot so it needs to be comfortable and fit well in your space. The rest of the room it is in will revolve around it so the sofa is a crucial decorating detail to get right. 

It can also be a substantial investment. We always suggest trying to buy the best quality that you can as it will last you the longest (in the long run, it’s better for your pocket book and for the environment). 

Below are a few things to consider before you go shopping to help ensure you make the right decision:

  • How are you going to use this sofa? Is it for every day family hanging out or more formal entertaining? Do you want to lie down on it or curl up into the corners? For the more casual, everyday uses, many people prefer a deeper sofa. This provides enough room to lie down or curl up and relax. However, deeper sofas can make you slouch so they are not the most comfortable for shorter people or for more formal entertaining where you want to be sitting up properly. In those instances, opt for a seat no more than 24” in depth from the back cushion to the front of the seat edge.

For the more casual, everyday uses, many people prefer a deeper sofa. This provides enough room to lie down or curl up and relax.

For the more casual, everyday uses, many people prefer a deeper sofa. This provides enough room to lie down or curl up and relax.

For more formal entertaining opt for a seat no more than 24” in depth from the back cushion to the front of the seat edge.

For more formal entertaining opt for a seat no more than 24” in depth from the back cushion to the front of the seat edge.

  • Is your room traditional or contemporary? A traditional space might benefit more from a sofa with a rolled or shelter-style arm whereas a more modern space will suit a narrower silhouette with cleaner, more linear profile.

A modern space will suit a narrower silhouette with cleaner, more linear profile.

A modern space will suit a narrower silhouette with cleaner, more linear profile.

A traditional space might benefit more from a sofa with a shelter-style arm.

A traditional space might benefit more from a sofa with a shelter-style arm.

  • What is your optimal layout? Do you dream of a sectional or do you have room for a sofa with a couple of chairs to accompany it? Make sure you measure out not only the room you have but all doors, elevators and openings your new sofa has to clear to make sure it will fit!

Once you have thought about these things, you are armed with some important information to go shopping. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we provide some additional advice on what you will have to consider when shopping.


Why to Hire a Designer

Everyone has heard a renovation horror story before. Costs add up, timelines fall by the wayside, expensive mistakes are made and the end result is not what the owner had hoped for. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Working with an experienced interior designer can help to ensure the experience is a positive one and that the end result reflects your goals.

A designer can see the end result, even at the beginning of the process.

A designer can see the end result, even at the beginning of the process.

Here are just a few ways they will add value to your project:

  • Their professional knowledge will help you navigate the myriad of decisions to be made. They will streamline the who/what/when/where/why and make sure it is executed as it should be, saving you time and stress.

  • A designer is well versed in the renovation and decorative process. Their experience will help you to avoid costly mistakes and assist you in meeting your budget.

A designer is well versed in the renovation and decoration process.

A designer is well versed in the renovation and decoration process.

  • Designers see the end result, even at the beginning of the process. They will help translate your ideas into a cohesive plan and make sure that the end result is exactly what you envisioned.

  • Working with a designer often has great perks, like getting access to exclusive products at trade-only pricing. These unique products elevate your final design and the material cost-savings can be significant, helping to off-set design fees.

  • A well-thought-out design feels cohesive and links the spaces within your home. Good design will increase the value of your home, not only for your enjoyment but for future home buyers as well.

Good design increases the value of your home.

Good design increases the value of your home.

A Beginner’s Guide to using Bold Colour Effectively

We often encounter clients who say they are afraid of colour but, when we get right down to it, it is really that they are afraid of making bold and/or costly decisions that they worry they will tire of in the long run.

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Add some drama to your dining room by using bold paint colour

Here are a few ways to ensure that you get the impact you want without the risk you fear:

  • A powder room is a great place to try a bold colour. It is a transient space—never used for very long—and always experienced in isolation from the other spaces around it. The door is (almost) always closed! So, it is an opportunity to make a “jewelbox” of a space. This is a great place to try deep violets, reds or navies, or to use a really dramatic wallpaper. Avoid greens and yellows as they are not as complimentary to many skin tones and can make you or your guests look sickly if not lit properly.

  • You don’t have to use deep colour in big swaths; use it in strategic places throughout the home to create a cohesive look. For example, try black doors or windows in an otherwise light and neutral palette. Or, anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

Anchor an architectural feature like a fireplace in a deep shade of grey.

  • For those who have trouble sleeping, saturated hues can actually be your best friend! Darker colours will help to absorb light, creating an enveloping feeling in the evening and absorbing light bleeding through your shades in the morning.  Focus on cooler shades for bedrooms; warmer colours like red and orange can be stimulating and make you restless.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.

This nursery is calm and warm while using a very saturated deep teal wall paint.