When I ask clients what they want their home to look like and what style they prefer, the overwhelming response is: “I want it to be comfortable.” Naturally, this desire means different things to different people; thankfully, the interior design industry has solutions for everyone. The comfort and coziness of today’s sumptuous furniture offers an antidote to today’s high-tech, fast paced society.
Put Your Feet Up
Today’s furniture reflects our desire to ‘stay put’ with deeper, more comfortable seats, extra-long lengths and lots of cushy pillows. This styling allows for curling your feet underneath or stretching out. Popular ottomans offer an easy solution to putting your feet up and can even be used as extra seats if needed or as a cocktail table when a decorative tray is placed on its surface. They are available in a plethora of sizes and shapes, and can be custom covered to coordinate with existing furnishings.
Just Wing It
Those who prefer the traditional styling of a wing chair will find wider, better shaped chairs with cushioned backs among today’s choices. An overstuffed club chair is popular and can be a classy addition if contrast fabrics are used. Add an ottoman, put your feet up and skip a recliner! If your preference is a recliner, the supreme luxury is one that is motorized: limitless positions and the ultimate definition of “easy” chair.
Lovin’ Couch Potatoes
Of course, in these days that spawned the term, ‘couch potato,’ it’s important to provide the appropriate couch. The home furnishings industry is making generously proportioned furniture designed to envelop, comfort and relax weary bodies. Oversized sofas and sectionals with cushions that feel like down – without the care of down – truly fit the bill. Styles range from mid-century modern to traditional rolled arms to deeply tufted cushions to clean-lined contemporary. Easy care durable fabrics and top grain leathers are wise choices for long-term upholstered pieces.
Chaise To Your Oasis
In the bedroom, a chaise lounge beautifully upholstered in a chenille burnout fabric will provide a pampered feeling for all who recline there. A soft throw draped over the chaise invites you to grab a book and a beverage, and escape to your private oasis.
So stay in your easy chair and join the legions of homeowners who are rediscovering the familiar comforts of home! With the advent of large-screened televisions and in-home movie rooms, home has truly become the ‘in’ place to be after a stressful day at the office.