how to pick a sofa?

White/beige or dark…?

Before, I always liked white/beige sofas, like this one below


Bluebell from for £1,195…

But then I’ve really started to like more colourful interiors, so perhaps a colourful sofa?

Elle Decor Photographer Simon Upton Featured in French Flair in London Issue April 2010


Elle Decor Photographer William Waldron Designer Steven Gambrel Featured in Restorative Power Issue January 2009


Or a really dark one?

Elle Decor. Photographer Grey Crawford Designer. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch. Homeowner Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor. Issue: July 2005.


Elle Decor suggests “shop the look” for the above article: Floating sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar for $9,500… Thank you for that advice elle decor.


Can velvet sofas be nice?

Elle Decor. Photographer: William Waldron. Designer: Steven Gambrel. Issue: March 2005


Elle Decor. Photographer: William Waldron. Designer: Philip Hooper. Issue: April 2005

I found this one on gumtree for £75

Vintage 2 seat sofa  Picture 2

But then thought that it might be a bit too girly…

But a dark velvet sofa is actually really nice, never thought I’d like that. But this one below is gorgeous.

The Milo Baughman sofa – elle decor – photographer eric piasecki


At they have this sofa called Descartes

Descartes from



Green Descartes

Do you think the Descartes sofa looks comfortable or is it too… square? also have the bluebell sofa in darker colours, and velvet:


Does it look more comfortable compared to:


If the Descartes is as comfortable, I think I would go for this last one, the “elephant pure cotton matt velvet” colour. What do you think?

Only problem is that it costs £1,695. hmm.
But at, who is “taking on the high street to offer you original furniture design at affordable price”, they have this Flynn sofa for £699
Flynn sofa -

Flynn sofa –

But maybe it looks too square and uncomfortable? and it doesn’t come in velvet…
Oh the sofa hunt continues…


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5 responses to “how to pick a sofa?

  1. Anders

    Which sofa you should pick depends on the “context”, it must fit in. I don’t think Flynn is too square, maybe just if your using it as a bed :-).
    Good luck hunting!

  2. Louise

    I don’t think you should pick a white or beige sofa. Think about the splling! People will definitely spill something on that white sofa.

  3. Lamia

    I actually really like leather sofas, the plushy kind. The problem with velvet or fabric surfaces is that they don’t age very well. And dark sofas are very cool, but you have to have a very fresh and well-lit (with natural light) room – otherwise it brings down the vibe! Well, that’s what I think anyway. Although a dark grey/green sofa with an aniseed green pillow is pretty funky. WITH GOLD CURTAINS.
    Ok. …This is where I defer to your better judgement.

    • em

      Yes leather sofas can be really nice, and they age much better! I’ve actually bought a sofa now, not a leather one though. It’s black fabric, but as you say, the living room has a lot of natural light so I think it will be good. I’ll get a picture once it’s delivered!

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