Creative, Inventive Places to Have a Luxury Sofa in Your Home

Most people, when they think of a sofa, instantly mentally position it in the living room. After all, this item of furniture really symbolises what a lounge is all about; a space to take the weight off your feet, take a break from work, and relax. However, the humble luxury sofa needn’t just be limited to this one location in your house. In fact, sofas can work really well in a number of different locations around the home; it’s just a matter of thinking creatively and seeing sofas from a whole new perspective. Creative Places for Your Luxury Sofa Opulent bathroom furniture. If you’re fortunate enough to have a large bathroom, it’s imperative to maximise on the design potential that the extra space offers you. A sofa in the bathroom really does indicate the height of decadence; and furthermore, can really bring a welcome element of sociability to taking a bath; with your partner soaking in the tub whilst you read your newspaper on the sofa! Due to the sheer luxury of having a sofa in this room, it’s a good idea to select a similarly sumptuous design. Kitchen chill-out zone. The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home, which is why it makes such a perfect location for a sofa. If you have children, it’s the ideal place for them to curl up with a comic whilst you cook. It’s also a convenient place for guests to sit with a glass of wine when you’re busy preparing a meal. Simple, comfortable sofas work really well in this area. The ‘gaming’ area. If your children love playing on...
The Psychology of Colour: How to Use Colour in Your Luxury Sofa to Boost Your Mood

The Psychology of Colour: How to Use Colour in Your Luxury Sofa to Boost Your Mood

If you ever visit a local playground, you’re likely to hear the question ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ come up sooner or later. From an early age, humans are drawn to certain colours; and for the most part, people are unaware of the deeply psychological effect that colour has upon them. If you’re thinking of investing in a new sofa or armchair, you may already have some colours in mind; based upon your existing décor and personal preference. Before you make the final decision, here’s some fascinating insight into the psychology of colour; and how you can use the shade of your sofa to create different feelings, emotions and moods. What Colour Luxury Sofa to Choose? Believe it or not, many ancient cultures placed considerable faith in the power of colour and its effect on the human psyche. Here’s a guide to the common emotions roused by certain colours, and how you can use them to create maximum impact when selecting a sofa for your living room. A Guide to the Colours: Most people report, when they view something blue, that they feel naturally calmer and more at ease. For centuries, blue has been associated with the sea, the sky, and natural inner peace. A blue sofa can bring a little of this tranquillity into your home; and works particularly well when placed by the window, where the natural light can highlight its rich, relaxing tones. Light blues create an airy, soothing ambiance, deeper blues create a more mysterious, mystical effect. Red is conventionally associated with excitement, vitality, life and vigour. However, it’s also associated with danger, seduction and passion! Whatever...

Luxury Sofa Beds: A Comprehensive Guide to Buying the Best Sofa Bed for Your Home

If you’re the proud owner of a bijou apartment in the city; or have your own cosy country retreat; you’re probably already aware of the problems that arise from having limited space. When guests come calling, it’s difficult creating a sleeping area when bedrooms are limited. Sofa beds provide a helpful solution to this problem; offering seating during the day and a valuable extra bed at night, if required. However, not all sofa beds are created equal. Quality varies dramatically from sofa to sofa, and if you’re seeking a sofa bed that’s going to last, it makes sense to invest in the right item. A Guide to Buying Luxury Sofa Beds If you want to purchase a luxury sofa bed, you need to make sure that you’re buying something of a certain quality; created from materials that are specifically designed to withstand the rigours of everyday life. Here’s a useful guide, outlining everything you need to consider when buying a new sofa bed. Long-lasting frame. When looking in store (or online), make enquiries about the frame of the sofa. If you want it to last, it needs to be durable. The most important aspect of the frame are the slats supporting the bed. Look for wooden slats, as these will offer added comfort, in addition to longevity. Mattress quality. You may not be the one sleeping on it, but do remember that your guests will be, and they’d prefer a good night’s sleep if possible! Inferior quality sofa beds are likely to be fitted with poorly made mattresses, which inevitably spells an uncomfortable night for all those unfortunate enough...

Designer Headboards, Opulent Beds, Classic Covers…How to Choose a Bed with the ‘Wow’ Factor

In your bedroom, there’s no doubt as to which item of furniture should be the star of the show. Your bed isn’t just a place to rest your head at night, it’s a key style statement in the room, and it’s vital to make the most of the ‘wow’ factor that it can bring. Blending With Your Theme When investing in a bed, it’s important not to look upon it as a ‘stand-alone’ piece. Your bed may well be the statement item in your boudoir, but it still needs to work with the rest of the room. Examine your existing furniture and identify an overriding theme. Is your bedroom a sleek, modernist haven? Or is it a decadent, Parisian-inspired den, oozing with sultry glamour? Once you’ve recognised an overall ‘look’, you’ll be able to start searching for the right bed, designer headboard and soft furnishings to complement the style. Focus on Designer Headboards Very few beds work well without some form of headboard. The headboard serves to balance out the length of the bed, creating an illusion of height, not to mention providing a strong visual focal point. Of course, there are plenty of designer headboards out there, ranging from the smooth and simplistic to the outright lavish. Here are the three key looks of this season: 50s starlet. Thanks largely to programmes such as Mad Men, the 1950s are still a huge source of inspiration. During this era, designer headboards were bold, textural (we’re talking velvets and satins), with strong, linear detailing. The Meridian epitomises the style perfectly. The country manor. English country elegance has made a real...
Simple Home Decorating Ideas

Simple Home Decorating Ideas

In this article I would like to share with you some simple and easy to implement home decorating ideas. To apply these ideas you don’t need a massive budget, you don’t need to hire a professional designer, you don’t need to spend thousands on home decorating materials. All you need is a little bit of time and creativity. In the past I have written quite a lot about luxury interior design and about specific types of furniture like bespoke sofas. Today’s article is different, because the information and the ideas that I’m about to share with you are very fun and easy to apply. First of all, function of a particular piece of furniture is not set in stone and you can always improvise. For example, a deep book shelf does not necessary has to be a book shelf. Flip it to the left and it can just as easily become a stylish foot storage unit where with plenty of storage space on the top. You can create coffee tables from stacks of magazines and sheets of class. Your home doesn’t have to be perfect, make it match your personality and don’t be afraid to improvise even if you consider yourself a conservative type of person. My second piece of advice is to try to match furniture to the walls. If you are painting something and if you have got some paint left overs then slap the paint on an old piece of furniture and display it next to the wall. I know that some of you will be reluctant to do this, but for the sake of fun...
Easy to implement interior design tips

Easy to implement interior design tips

In my previous posts I have written extensively about all kinds of furniture from modern to bespoke sofas, from classic to contemporary. In today’s post I would like to be more generic and instead of talking about a specific type of furniture instead I would like to share with you some simple, useful and easy to implement interior design tips. I think that 2014 is the best year to get personal. The fact is that nowadays there are a hundreds of interior design publications, blogs and interior design experts and they are all suggesting us to focus on one style or another. One interior design guru will tell you that 2014 is all about contemporary furniture, whereas another one will tell you that classic styles are back. The fact is that the whole industry is very subjective and in my opinion when it comes to decorating your home, your living room, your bedroom or your kitchen it is always best to keep everything personal. Enjoy the process, don’t be afraid to experiment. My second piece of advice is that you should give more attention to your windows. You see, whenever we enter a room we always subconsciously look where is the source of look and when it comes to making a room look great, dressing your windows nicely is very important. Way too many people and interior design novices overlook windows and this is a big mistake. Go to Pinterest and look for some inspiration: search for blinds, curtains. My third point is that you want to do whatever you possibly can to keep your home cosy. I’m a...

12 Stunning Sofa Designs For Living Room

In this article I would like to share with you some of my favorite sofa designs for living. I have spent the last three years working in the luxury furniture industry, working as brand manager for some of the most iconic brands in the industry. I’ll stay anonymous for now, but after several years in the industry one thing is clear to me – sofa is the single most important piece of furniture in any persons home. It does not matter whether you live in a Georgian mansion somewhere in the English countryside or if you live in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, I’m willing to bet the your sofa is the heart of your home. Let me share with you some of my favorite living room sofa designs from that I have discovered last month. Ploum by Ligne Roset   A lot of people dislike contemporary design, but personally I’m in love with Ploum (pictured at the top) from Ligne Roset. Contemporary designs are all about minimalism and about ffunctionalityand Ploum by Ligne Roset is a perfect example of a great contemporary sofa. Tufty-Too by B&B Italia Tufty-Too from B&B is a hybrid. From one point of view it’s a corner sofa, but it can also be classified as modular sofa. As soon as you see Tufty-Too you realize that it has been designed to be a meeting place, a cozy piece designed not only to relax, but to bring people together. Bespoke Alexander sofa from The Sofa & Chair Company I just love this bespoke model of the famous Alexander sofa from The Sofa & Chair Company. It has...
Here’s What You Need To Know About Modern Furniture

Here’s What You Need To Know About Modern Furniture

The fact is that there are a lot of different types and styles of furniture. We’ve got classic, modern, contemporary. These are the three main types of furniture styles, but they have hundreds if not thousands of different types of styles within them. For example we’ve got styles such as Scandinavian Contemporary, Victorian, Georgian, Jacobean. In addition we’ve also got bespoke furniture which sometimes are tricky to classify, but the point that I am trying to make here is that we’ve got hundreds of different types and styles of furniture to choose from and this massive choice leaves a lot of home owners confused. In this article I would like to explore modern furniture. In most simple terms modern furniture is associated with minimalism, reducing the excess and it’s all about the practicality of design. Before the emergence of modern furniture in the 19th century furniture was seen as an ornament and it does not matter whether we are talking about sofas, beds, headboards or cupboards – in addition to serving a specific function within a house, the piece of furniture also had to decorate it. In a way the emergence of modern furniture lead to a shift from furniture that acted as decoration to functional, simple and easy to manufacture furniture. What separates modern furniture from contemporary furniture? A lot of people tend to think that modern furniture is contemporary furniture, but that is not the case. While the roots of contemporary furniture could be traced back to modern furniture, the fact is that these two styles are completely different. Contemporary furniture designers are pushing modern furniture to the...
What You Need To Know About Luxury Furniture

What You Need To Know About Luxury Furniture

A friend of mine in the interior design industry has recently started a blog called For Cayman (I’m not really sure what that means to be honest) and in his first post he shared some ideas on how to make your living rooms more friendly and inviting. I have just launched this site and felt inspired by my friends post and straight away started cranking out an article about living room inspiration, but then I thought that I’m simply trying to copy my friend. While he has a lot of experience in interior designs and works as an interior designer, I on the other hand work in the luxury furniture industry and for my first post I have decided to share with you some insights about the luxury furniture business. Specifically I would like to share with you some little known things about luxury furniture and without wasting too much of your time, let’s start. There are a lot of companies in the world that sell luxury furniture. There are companies that make bespoke sofas, luxury home accessories and other pieces of furniture made out of some of the finest materials in the world. Some of these luxury furniture brands are great, because they stand behind their brand, whereas some companies simply import some of the cheapest (but good looking) furniture made in countries such as China, rebrand them and sell them with ridiculously high markups. That’s the beauty of capitalism, right? In a way, yes. That’s how the world operates, but the fact is that when it comes to luxury furniture looks isn’t the single most important thing. While...