Sofa Dressing ideas that will spruce up your sofa

A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post on bed dressing ideas that would have yours competing with hotel beds. So we decided it was only fair to share with you a few sofa dressing ideas that will give your ‘living room pride and joy’ the love and attention it truly deserves. After all, your sofa has to put up with a lot! It’s the place your friends come to cry and be comforted. The place your in-laws perch to have afternoon tea. Perhaps the place your dog naughtily catches a few zzz’s whilst you aren’t watching! Your sofa deserves to look beautiful.

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The Duette Sofa Bed from Furl, with complimenting cushions in Kirkby Smooth Coast and contrasting cushions in Romo Madigan Chaumont

By following a few of our sofa dressing ideas, you will be sure to spruce up the look of your sofa and give it a fresh look. The first thing to do is consider how you want your sofa to look. Do you want it to look elegant and simple or do you prefer a slightly more relaxed feel? Consider all of the different functions that your sofa is used for. Is this your only sofa? Or do you have other places to sit within your home? All of these factors will really make a different to the best way of dressing your sofa.

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Be Bold

Throwing in a little bit of colour, pattern or texture when dressing a neutral sofa is a great way to add to a room without it being too much. It is also much cheaper to replace sofa cushions if you decide you really can’t live with them. Or if you just fancy a change in look in the future. If you are daring, try adding in lots of different sizes of cushions, making sure they are all in different fabrics and textures. Just ensure they are all in similar or complimenting colours and shades – otherwise it may look a bit junk shop.

If you want to add a colour or pattern but you don’t know if you will like it, try one or two bolsters across the back. These will give you the pop of colour you wished for without it being too in your face. Bolsters, the longer thin cushions are also great to adding to in the future. Just make sure you place them at the front when pairing up rather than the back.

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Sofa Dressing Ideas – Use designer cushions to add a sense of luxury to your living room

Be Inviting

It’s not all about the cushions, even though it is a lot about the cushions. If your sofa is used a lot for movie night, there is nothing better than adding a toasty throw to the arm. If you like things to be symmetrical, add a throw over both sofa arms. They don’t need to be huge, just something to tuck your feet under when they get a little chilly. Compliment with a couple of scatter cushions in the same fabric as the throws. This will make it look like the throws are meant to be there, rather than you just forget to put them away. Then to mix it up, add one more cushion (or two if you like lots) in something completely different.

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Be Simple

If you aren’t too sure what look to create, the trick is to be simple. Don’t be afraid to just simply purchase two cheaper cushions in the same fabric or colour as your sofa. Furl has the option to add two scatter cushions in the same fabric when purchasing a sofa bed. Your sofa will then look elegantly dressed whilst you decide upon a more permanent fix. However it wouldn’t surprise us if you loved the simplistic look and want to stick with it long term! Simple is certainly very popular when it comes to styling.

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Sofa Dressing Ideas – Use High Street cushions if you are unsure of the look you wish to create

Our sofas need to suit many different occasions. However don’t let this affect your decisions when considering these sofa dressing ideas. The most important thing is that when you walk in after a long hard day at work, your sofa looks beautifully inviting and ready for you.

Choosing your living room colour scheme

If there is any room in your house that you can really go to town with, it is your living room. Bright, bold and stupendously colourful are all expressions we can and should associate with this room in our homes. Even if those ‘bolds’ aren’t quite what you thought I meant. When it comes to the design of the living room colour scheme there really are no rules. It is hopefully one of the larger rooms within your home and so you won’t need to be as conservative as usual. So to make choosing your living room colour scheme as easy as abc, here are the colours that compliment certain personalities.

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For those who need a little helping hand and are a little shy, choose pastel blues. The blue colour is very calming and pairs brilliantly with soft whites and silver.

Bold doesn’t have to mean pattern or fluorescent. It simply refers to the amount of different shapes and colours we add into a room, even if they are pastel. Our definition of bold interior design all depends on how brave we are of course. So if you are a little shy, the colour scheme in your living room absolutely has to make you feel relaxed; especially for when you are entertaining guests. A soft living room colour scheme of pastel blues and silvers will perfectly compliment a shy personality. To make your scheme fits within the ‘bold’ denotation our living rooms should fall under, mix lots of different shades of blue together. By throwing in a couple of metals and patterns along the way, the scheme will become your own. Remember though, these don’t have to be uber bold.

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For those who are as happy as Larry and cannot stop chatting, choose yellow. Yellow as a colour pairs well with golds, white paint, navy furniture and grey wood.

Yellow is perfect for talkative, energetic personalities, but it can be a bit much to paint all the walls sunshine yellow. Unless of course you just love sunshine yellow, in which case we say go for it! Incase you aren’t too keen on it for the walls, there are lots of other ways of introducing yellow into a colour scheme. Gold falls into the yellow colourway and can be used as a softer, subtler tone that still compliments your bubbly personality. Add in gold picture frames, a brushed gold-topped side table and dull gold cushions. By picking a striking yellow geometric fabric for an occasional armchair, your personality will shine (quite literally) through your scheme.

For those in a position of authority, choose purple. Purple as a colour pairs well with cream colours, bronzes, deep walnut woods and black furniture.

If you aspire to impress others and want to climb your way to the top of the ladder, purple is the one. Regal in its description, purple adds understated elegance to a room. Make sure to choose something along the lines of Aubergine colouring rather than bright purple. The aubergine shading will work really well with other regal textures such as walnut wood and brushed bronzes. Why not mix up the decorating? Paint the walls a creamy white and then paint all of the woodwork deep aubergine instead. This will really make a difference to the colour scheme and create a unique look. It will also allow you to add in aubergine coloured accessories without the room feeling too heavy.

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For those who never want to be anywhere other than outside, choose green. To create an earthy scheme, pair with creams, brown leather and rustic wooden flooring. If you are a lover of the outdoors, then an earthy colour palette is exactly what you should use. Greens, creams, browns and lots of florally patterns, if you like them, will all replicate that ‘outdoor feeling’. Farrow and Ball have a brilliant outdoorsy bamboo wallpaper, which would perfectly add another element to your earthy space. However if you are after something a little bolder and brighter, how about this palm wallpaper from Graham and Brown.

There are no rules set in stone for choosing your living room colour scheme. Whatever you feel comfortable with, will be right for you and your living room.

Tips for getting a good nights sleep

This time of year is always a little bit tiring. It’s back to school, back to work after a summer holiday, back to jumpers and then abruptly back to shorts. Plus that horrible sudden realisation that Christmas is actually only 14 weeks away (dare we say that word yet!). Sleeping can be hard; especially when we cannot justify air-conditioning for the two nights a year we actually NEED it. So here are a couple of tips for getting a good nights sleep, and getting us through those holiday blues.

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The biggest question is how should we define a good nights sleep’? Waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the next day is just an absolute must. We shouldn’t expect any less than this, so start with these steps to be well on your way to a better night’s sleep.

Stick to a schedule.

Sticking to an actual schedule can sometimes be fairly farfetched. You have children, a high-pressured job or friends that don’t appreciate being forgotten about for weeks. You get it and so do we – 9PM bedtimes just sometimes aren’t possible. However the better your schedule, the better your rest will be. By going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day, your body will fall into place. Remain flexible though, as you don’t want to worry yourself if something changes. Perhaps designate a couple of days a week to later nights, so again your body can adjust.

Invest in a good quality bed and mattress.

The saying is correct; you truly do get what you pay for. We actually spend almost a third of our lives in our bed. When we say it like that, the investment doesn’t sound so bad. To really work it out, say your bed cost you £2,500 and you kept it for 8 years. It would actually work out at just a mere 86p per night. Much less than that cup of coffee you need to get yourself through every day. But of course, that is just the recommended length of time before you should replace your mattress, not your bed frame. It is highly likely, especially with a Furl storage bed that you would keep your frame for at least double the length of time. So all in all, it will actually cost you even less. Now it really doesn’t sound like a bad investment.

The quality of mattress and its suitability to how you sleep will also make a big difference to getting a good nights sleep. When choosing your mattress, don’t let anyone tell you which is the right mattress for you. We all move and sleep differently and so the only person that can decide which is best, is you. Test them for as long as you can, and try not to read too much about them before you test them. We make all of our customers have a lovely little lie down on all of our mattresses at the showroom before choosing. Don’t worry, we take any napping or falling asleep as a compliment.

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Wind down properly.

In the day and age of smart phones, tablets and the worst culprit, social media, it can be difficult to really wind down and rest before we sleep. Try and put your phone away a good thirty minutes before you plan on actually going to sleep. We know it’s hard for you to miss out on the Twitter latest, including our tips, tricks and tweets. But they will still be there for us all to see in the morning, and the scrolling motion certainly will not help us to rest. This is the same for any screen light – laptops and the television will engage our brain and a scary movie will most definitely not let us get to sleep quickly!

Try chatting with a partner or call a friend before sleeping. Reading, writing and talking are all brilliant ways of winding down. Writing down all of our worries is a great way of clearing our minds. Leave the notebook at your bedside for any light bulb moments you may have in the night. By being prepared, you won’t spend the rest of the night trying to remember that million-dollar idea.

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Sleep like a log (dog)

We pride ourselves in being Storage Bed Experts, and know a lot about mattresses too. So if you need any more advice, come and visit us at the showroom. We will be happy to help contribute any more tips to those much-needed 8 hours, so you sleep like a log (dog).

Bed Dressing Ideas that will compete with Hotel Beds

Dressing a bed is important if you want to create a statement or feature within your bedroom. But we hear you, how are we supposed to know how many cushions or pillows are the right amount? We want the bed to look pretty, but without going too over the top. Of course, the last thing we want to do is spend hours removing cushions before we go to bed! Here are the dos and don’ts of bed dressing. Along with a few bed dressing ideas, you will soon be competing with those beautiful hotel beds we are all so fond of.

Image donated by House of Three
Image donated by House of Three

We gave a few bed dressing ideas in our blog about how to style your bedroom like an interior designer. The way that we dress our bed can be the make it or break it to designer status. Beginning with the optimum amount of cushions that are appropriate for a certain size of bed.

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How many cushions is the right amount?

Only to be used as a guideline as it shall all be relative to your style, add two cushions to Double bed. For a King size bed, add four cushions and to a Super King bed, add six cushions. You will want to add any extra cushions on top of the two to four pillows that you will actually need for sleeping. The more cushions you use, the more of a luxurious boutique bedroom feel you will create. Alternatively, if you don’t mind spending ten minutes undressing your bed at the end of a long day, then of course add in as many cushions as you like. I have seven cushions to a King Size bed– but I had to make a deal to remove and replace all of them myself every day!

What is the right way of placing cushions?

There is no right way of placing cushions to dress a bed, but there are ways of creating different styles. If your bedroom is a little Moroccan and Boho in its style, then you may want to place different sized cushions so they aren’t symmetric or in order to create a messy look. Making sure all of your cushions are different sizes will add to the eclectic look. You will also enhance this by ensuring they are all in different fabrics too.

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The most common way of placing cushions on the bed is in height order. If you are only going for two cushions, it is quite common to have oblong shaped ones, but square cushions would also work. When using four cushions it is often the case that you would have two different sizes. These consist of two large cushions and two smaller ones. Standing the pillows up, you would then add the two large followed by the smaller ones in front. All four cushions could be matching fabrics. Or the two large ones could be in a neutral fabric with the two smaller ones with a patterned texture. For those of you wanting six cushions, repeat the process as before. Then add in two oblong ones to the front, perhaps in the same fabric as the larger cushions.

Don’t match the colour of your throw to your bedding.

Adding on a throw to your bed in the same colour as your bedding is a waste of money. The point of having a throw is to make it stand out. This doesn’t have to mean going for a vibrant, bold colour or pattern. Just make sure that the shade is a contrast to the bedding colour. You can buy throws in all shapes and sizes. If you just want to dress the bed nicely but without too much hassle undressing, then perhaps consider a runner as opposed to a throw. They are much thinner and finish the look of bed nicely. Add in two matching cushions for a simple yet sophisticated appearance.

If you manage to find an oversized throw, you will find that the throw may actually work in the same colour as the bedding. If the throw reaches the floor on all sides of the bed, it will then contrast with the floor. Oversized throws create a modern luxury bedroom style.

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Send us some pictures of your better than hotel styled beds, especially if your bed is a storage bed from Furl!