So our 10 year old sectional in the family room has seen better days. But I truly love how functional it is and the bones are still what I would look for even in a new sofa. The color, however, leaves me desiring something different and lighter. And texture wise, I feel leather would be a nice option for the Cali vibe I am going for in this space.
One of the reasons why I started this blog is to share my personal every day life design dilemmas and how I approach the solutions. I seriously get a big kick out of this think out loud process with my design besties!
So for today, let’s talk how to live with an old sofa you can’t replace or part with.
Four exciting ways to update your old sofa
- There is a reason for the word throw pillows! You literally can throw them anywhere and everywhere! If you do not like the color of your sofa, like in my case, just add some throw some pillows that you love. This will draw they eye to the pillows instead of the dingy old sofa. Look how nice these Studio McGee pillows look!
- It feels counterintuitive, but you can use the color of the old sofa to your advantage and find a color that complements it or contrasts with it. See how the rug has a muted greige? I knew this would immediately complement the tweed greige of the couch but draw the eye down to the color and print. Then with fun pillows to top it off, no one barely notices the floppy cushions and darker color.
- Change the texture of the sofa by adding faux cowhide, faux sheepskin on the sofa. It completely changes the design landscape, as you can see below on my West Elm living room sofa with the Anthropologie lumbar and Urban Outfitters tapestry. Warms it up doesn’t it? Otherwise the room is rather cool with the blues and grays. Granted, this sofa is not something you would dislike or consider getting rid of. 🙂
- Something even more extreme but leaning into the bohemian more is more more look is adding textured mud cloths or big kantha quilts or any printed throws. I have added a neutral throw blanket from Anthropolgie below. I was very excited because it had fringe and I am fringe obsessed. My design game is all about adding texture and prints even in neutrals to create depth.
At this point, I think I am going to make do and keep our sectional a bit longer. I love napping on it on a Sunday afternoon or snuggling up with the girls for family movie night, who can replace that amirite? 😉
Hey Anita! Great post, thanks! Just wondering if you could do a post on leather couches and sofas, because I REALLY need some tips on how to dress up our lightish grey one! Thanks a bunch!
What a great idea Destiny! I am obsessed with leather couches so I would love to do a post on it for you! Thank you!