The sofa is arguably one of the most important purchases you can make for your home. Not only does it say a lot about you as a person, it’s usually the centrepiece of the living room – inevitably where you spend most of your waking hours, either relaxing or entertaining.
So, when shopping for a sofa, what should you be looking for? Sofas these days come in so many different options, it can be a daunting (and dizzying) task trying to narrow it down. From classic shapes and luxury fabrics to minimal and modern designs, the options can often seem limitless.
Here at Timothy Oulton, we don’t believe in having to compromise between classic and modern. Our range of stylish sofas blend tradition with taste, and vintage with the new, so that you can get the best of both worlds.
How to choose a modern sofa for your home
When choosing a sofa for your home, one of the first things to consider is its size. Do you want the sofa to stand on its own, or will it be complemented by a coffee table and some armchairs? Depending on the size of your living room, you’ll want to choose a sofa that’s neither over- or underwhelming.
Next, consider its purpose. Will it be more of a structured statement piece that looks like it’s come straight out of an art gallery, or are you after something more soft and cushiony that you can really sink into after a long day’s work? The shape of the sofa itself also matters; sharp, graphic lines give off a much edgier appearance than soft, organic curves. Imagine how easy (or difficult) it will be to match the sofa with the overall style of your home.
Another thing to consider is who will be using the sofa – is it for a couple, a family, or an even bigger gang of people? If it’s the latter, consider looking for a larger sofa, perhaps one that is L-shaped with plenty of seating, or maybe even two sofas, and arrange them in such a way that keeps the conversations flowing.
Now, onto upholstery. Those with pets and small children may want to steer clear of suede and velvet (as plush and pretty as they may be), opting instead for materials that are more easy-to-clean and wear well with age, such as coloured linens or dark leathers.
All this might seem like a lot to think about but knowing what you’re looking for ahead of time will make the entire process of choosing a sofa that much easier. With that in mind, why not choose the perfect seating for you from our classic and contemporary selection of Timothy Oulton sofas.
Cosy & Comfortable: Lux Sofa
Made for the fashionably unfussy, the Lux Sofa is a modernist sofa that doesn’t try too hard, yet still manages to look fantastic. Created with a classic profile, feather-filled back and scatter cushions, this is a sofa that is both laidback and luxe. Choose between the one, two or three-seater, then pick from a wide range of coloured leathers, linens and even velvet to dress it up.
Slouching In Style: Shabby Sectional Sofa
Ideal for chill nights in with the gang (movies and popcorn optional), the Shabby Sectional Sofa will make you the most popular party host around thanks to its luxuriously soft and buttery hand-finished leather, and deep seats that invite guests to sit down and sink in. With its naturally reclined back and layers of supple stitched-in ribs, you might find that your guests might never want to get up and leave!
An Updated Classic: Westminster Button Sofa
A modern interpretation of the classic Chesterfield, the quintessential British sofa often seen in gentlemen’s clubs, the Westminster Button Sofa features updated proportions and studded detailing for a modern sofa that will fit into any stylish home. Handcrafted using traditional methods, its expertly distressed leather gives it that old-yet-new, vintage look – right down to the three-seater’s 135 painstakingly hand-tufted buttons.
Truly Timeless: Viscount William Sofa
Make a statement in your living room with the strong and structured Viscount William Sofa. A true Timothy Oulton classic, this modern sofa commands attention straight away; it looks right at home whether you live in an industrial loft or penthouse suite. Hand-applied studded detailing on the arms gives it that extra touch of attitude, while a range of velvet, linen and leather finishes offer plenty of personalisation options.
Oversized Elegance: Tribeca Tufted Sofa
A plumped-up version of the classic Chesterfield, the Tribeca Tufted Sofa is the ultimate centrepiece for city sophisticates. A modern take on British elegance, this contemporary sofa is not one to shy away from the spotlight with its oversized proportions, deep cushioned seat and high-framed arms. With this sofa at home, prepare to while away the hours with intelligent debates and an Old Fashioned in hand.