Purchasing a sofa or couch for your home is often a process that requires quite a bit of thought and consideration, and for good reason. For many, it’s a big investment, and it’s a purchase you need to be happy with for years to come. There are many components to consider when investing in a new sofa or couch, including colour, material, and shape, remember you need this piece to carry you through many years, both in style and comfort.
We always choose pieces that are timeless and neutral when it comes to big-ticket items, like furniture. It’s a safe option to ensure we’re confident the piece will transition with our home throughout the years. This is a rule we follow, especially when it comes to nurseries and kids’ spaces, we pick furniture that will grow with our girls or can be used again in another room of our home once our kids outgrow it.
The colour of your sofa or couch is an important aspect to consider, not only does it need to fit well with the style and aesthetic of your home, but it also needs to work well with your lifestyle.
We chose a white sofa for our living room, and we receive a lot of questions and comments about how we make it work in a home with little kids and pets. So yes, our sofa is white, but it’s also slipcovered. Anytime we have a spill or a marker mishap, we simply take the covers off and toss them in the laundry. It works for our family, but it may not work for you. Ask yourself if you have the time and desire to keep up with laundering a white slipcovered sofa?
Remember, neutral doesn’t have to mean white. A cream or gray sofa may be more forgiving when it comes to sticky fingers or muddy paws. Choose a sofa in a colour that works with your home and that you won’t tire of easily.
If you’re feeling bold and want to add a bit of pattern or colour, we suggest doing this in the form of smaller furniture pieces, like accent chairs. A classic blue and white pinstripe or blush pink velvet are subtle and classic enough to still feel neutral.
Choose a sofa or couch in a classic silhouette.
Our advice is to avoid pieces that seem too big or bulky, especially if you don’t have the space for it in your home. Instead, look for a sofa that has clean lines and classic details, like rolled arms and turned wood legs. These are design elements that will stand the test of time and will leave you happy with your purchase for years to come.
The sofa we chose for our living room is casual and relaxed and the sectional in our family room is more mid-century modern. Both styles of sofas are very different but they both still fit with the style and aesthetic of our home.
Just like colour, fabric choice is based on aesthetics and practicality. There are a lot of different choices when it comes to materials, whether natural or man-made, you need to be sure you’re choosing a fabric that is going to fit well with your style and lifestyle. So make sure you do a little bit of research before you make a purchase to ensure you’re choosing the best fabric choice.
We’ve rounded up a collection of our favourite timeless neutral sofas and couches, and now we want to know which one is your favourite! Leave us a comment below.