Every Day Values Sofas

Sofas are inherently exciting. They capture your attention on the page and especially inside the home, delighting the eyes. When guests walk into a room, a sofa is usually where they look first. What gives sofas this immense power over your sense of curiosity and creativity? It’s hard to say exactly why people love them so much, but it probably has to do with their bold shapes and size. They stand out with almost no effort. And that’s a good thing. At Pottery Barn, we know that you like to make an awesome first impression. Our Every Day Values sofas can help turn your artistic vision into a reality. Whether you’re designing a new layout from scratch or mixing things up a bit, a sofa or loveseat can have a wonderful effect on the room. How can you maximize your space’s wow factor while still staying true to your style? Here are a couple of suggestions.

Sofas and loveseats were born to be accent pieces. Room accents help create a focal point; in other words, a certain area where you want visitors to look first. People naturally search for visual cues when walking into a room as they decide where to go. Most spaces have one central area, but some – especially open-concept designs – have several accent settings. You might have one conversation area for entertaining guests, another place to watch a movie as a family and maybe even a loveseat to relax with a special someone and watch hummingbirds flit through your garden. There aren’t any limits to the number of stronger focal spots you can include, but fewer usually means a larger effect. The main factors to consider are the size of the room and how you plan to use it. If you want to make a clear distinction between a couple of different zones, rugs – perhaps with a border – are very helpful.

How do loveseats, sofas, sectionals and armchairs fit into this whole equation? Well, the search for comfy seating is almost hardwired into your brain from the moment you step through the door. People tend to gravitate towards these pieces as they enter a room. So if you want to make a big impression, wowing them through accent sofas is a great place to start. What kinds of things can blow your guests away? How can you fill the room with elements of your personality?

There are a few factors that you can focus on to make a sofa or sectional especially invigorating and attention grabbing. One is color. A wide swathe of contrasting color is almost impossible to miss. If your living room has a white area rug, a dark gray couch looks gorgeous and is easy to recognize as the star of the show. The same thing goes for a red loveseat against a blue background. There are tons of options for complementary, split complementary, triadic and other color schemes, so a single sofa can be used in many different arrangements. What are the advantages of colorful accents? They’re extremely energetic. Bright tones make you feel happy, inspired and alive. They have the same effect on others too.

Another way to create contrast is with texture. If your living room is filled with rich wood elements – smooth and sleek – an upholstered sofa is surprisingly distinct and makes the space feel warm and inviting. This is one reason that leather seating is so popular for accent furniture: it has a texture that’s not usually found in other pieces. Leather stands out against wood, stone flooring, carpeting and pretty much any floor covering, but also fits a ton of design styles: rustic, industrial, modern, minimalist and more.

You can also take advantage of a sofa’s style to set it apart. This is great because it says a lot about you and your decorative influences at the same time. Striking curves, the shape of its legs or armrests, a tufted backrest, sharp edges and small details like rivets all make a big difference. They give the room a distinctive ambience too, like a vintage Parisian vibe that makes you want to sample wine and enjoy fine art.