The sofa is usually one of the flagship elements of a living room. Essential for our comfort when we want to curl up with a good book or watch a movie with family, it is also one of the first pieces of furniture that your guests will see when they visit your home.
Although a sofa can typically last seven to 15 years, wear and tear can occur before that, especially if you have children or pets.
And as the days get brighter and warmer, it can be nice to change up the look of your sofa to create a summer vibe in your living room and invoke holiday feelings.
Whether your sofa needs a makeover or you’re looking for simple decorating ideas for a seasonal refresh, we’ve got the question Good housekeeping‘s Style and Interiors Director, Sarah Keady, to inspire you and offer her advice.
In the image below we’ve used our sleek GH100 DFS sofa, part of the GH100 furniture collection launched with our partner DFS, to demonstrate how you can easily change its look with a few styling tips and transform your space instantly can upgrade.
Add stripes for a coastal feel
If you want your sofa to be summery, give it a coastal feel with stripes, ticking and ombré patterns – sticking with a clean palette of blues and whites that evoke the sea and sky.
Bring in natural woods and botanicals to connect it to nature, and add touches of zesty yellow or coral to give it a fun twist.
Bring velvet into your living room
Velvet is an increasingly popular material. Luxurious in nature, it looks best when mixed with other tactile fabrics such as boucle, waffle, woven fabrics and faux fur.
The combination of these fabrics makes your sofa look and feel soft and luxurious.
Metabolism for every season
Think of your sofa like your bed by giving it a seasonal update with textiles.
Freshen it up in summer with crisp linen cushions and light cotton throws, and pack away the other chunky accessories until next year.
Layer with pillows and throws
It’s amazing how you can instantly change the look and feel of your sofa by adding new cushions and throws. You can take it a step further by introducing different plants and rugs for a major makeover.
Experiment with lighting
Although often overlooked, lighting remains a crucial feature in the living room.
Think about how you use your space in the evenings. For example, you may need an armchair with task lighting for a cozy look, or you may prefer a large pendant light for family gatherings, and there is also the option of introducing floor and wall lights to illuminate key areas. Whatever you choose will also change the look and feel of your sofa, so experiment with what works best in your home.
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