How Many Cushions Should You Really Have On A Sofa?

A key element of choosing a sofa can be the furnishings you choose to go with it. These can be existing ones you have a particular fondness for, but usually involve cushions as a new purchase that can really bring colours to the fore or make a bigger feature in a subtle and clever way.

cushions

Cushions are a great, cost-effective soft furnishing that allow an element of expression and sometimes carry a theme more than you would dare to do with the sofa itself. In that sense, cushions are an important feature, and certainly they are flexible and allow you to adapt your interior design to suit changes in fashions, trends, tastes and even changes in season and mood.

Your choice of cushion design can present a formal theme or allow you to be more eclectic in your designs, but it is important to maintain a solid colour base which allows you to go off on tangents of other colours and patterns but retain a central theme, which is usually the colour of the sofa. How many cushions are right for a particular sofa is of course down to personal preference, but there are some hard and fast rules that will help you to determine where you have maybe gone too far, or where you could make a couple of subtle additions to really make an impact.

Basic rules of choosing cushions for a sofa

Generally speaking, if your children or guests disappear into a sea of cushions as they recline onto a sofa, or cushions are then projected in all angles onto the floor, you have probably gone too far. Likewise, you can make too much of a feature of cushions on a sofa. If you notice that guests feel awkward or are hesitant in sitting down, your intricate cushion arrangement may have gone off the scale. They may joke that they don’t want to upset your wonderful hard work by sitting on it, when that’s exactly what they mean. So what is the perfect amount?

On a regular sofa there are usually three ways you can arrange cushions. A minimalist look, such as two cushions on a two-seater sofa or three on a three-seater etc, can be effective if the cushion designs and colours are strong. In this sense, the cushion design is perhaps more important than if you have a lot more cushions, and it can have a real impact in a very effective way.

When you start to add cushions you need to strike a balance. Three cushions on a two-seater sofa, for example, allows you to stick to a base colour theme but also introduce new colours, which might match other features in the room, such as a vase, a lampshade or a floor rug. This can be sized-up to use five cushions on a three-seater sofa, and so on. A third way to use cushions is to create a symmetrical effect, with maybe two matching cushions on each end of the sofa and a single one in the middle. This still allows you to introduce new colours and make the sofa the central feature of the room in terms of furniture and design.

When to stop adding cushions to a sofa

On a larger corner sofa you of course have more scope, but by and large the same rules apply. A minimalist look might involve five cushions, a balanced look might involve eight, while a symmetrical look might use ten or more.

After this, it really is down to personal expression. You can have mis-matched cushions arranged in a way to suit you, if you have an eclectic streak, but you should be wary of cushions with clashing patterns which shouldn’t be paired, but might work okay at separate ends of the sofa. In this sense, it is easy to become a little obsessive over arranging cushions to maintain a look that works design-wise and is also tidy!

So, how many cushions should you really have on a sofa? Well, it’s your preference but we hope we have given you a few tips here for what to do 🙂

What The Colour Of Your Sofa Says About You

It is true that the style of sofa you choose says a lot about the kind of personality you are, be it an elegant, reclining chaise couch in a period home, a sectional sofa that looks like a dentist’s waiting room, a cosy love seat for just the two of you, or an obvious hand-me-down sofa from your parents’ back room, because you can’t afford a new one. A sofa is often a tell-tale insight into your world, and for those wanting to look a little deeper, the colour of your sofa can be even more revealing.

2 seat sofa

Your sofa’s colour can be a little deceptive, however. Maybe you didn’t find the one you really wanted and had to settle for the nearest match? Maybe you didn’t want to redecorate and simply went with what matched the wallpaper? Or maybe it wasn’t your choice at all, and the colour of our sofa merely tells us that you leave the big interior design decisions to your partner?

Certainly the more popular members of the colour spectrum tell us a few things about personality, which are not usually too far wrong. White, for example, is attached to cleanliness, purity and new beginnings, but also maybe you are adventurous? Because white allows you to be quite striking with other colours as nothing can possibly clash. On the flipside of the binary colour code, black is associated with being strong, commanding and assertive. Black is a traditional colour that can be bold, but also elegant if paired with the right colours for furnishing and decorating.

sofa colours

Does your sofa match your personality?

Not surprisingly, yellow is associated with people being happy, optimistic and energetic. It is a colour that is also likely to start conversations and becomes a talking point in itself, so naturally you are likely to be a sociable person who likes to get a party started.

Red is a colour that maybe splits opinion. It can be a striking statement for a sofa, but a bit like orange, it is not for everyone, and maybe suggests you are single-minded, ruthless and fiercely driven. Red evokes passion and suggests you are confident and bold, and as it adds an instant vibrancy to a room, perhaps it is most suited to the living room or where you do the most of your entertaining?

A very popular colour for a sofa is blue. It is classic and traditional and usually means you are not a risk-taker. Blue is a calming colour and means your key objective is to create harmony and peace in the home. Meanwhile, green can also be soothing and harmonious but in a way that celebrates natural things, as a result, green goes well with other ‘natural’ colours such as shades of brown for furnishings and accessories.

Choosing your sofa colour carefully

Finally, have you ever seen a purple sofa? You certainly don’t see many, but these are the domain of creative souls who maybe have a spiritual side. Purple – or shades of it such as plum or lavender – also emits warmth and cosiness, and while this is perfect for creating the right effect for a living room sofa, a purple sofa is definitely considered different, and therefore so are you.

So wherever you stand on the colour spectrum you may find yourself subconsciously falling into line with these conventions. But then none of us like to be dull and to always do what is expected, so why not keep people guessing and push the boat out when it comes to choosing your sofa colour? After all, maybe the one thing that defines you is that you are unpredictable, and with a world of choice available at Nabru, that can certainly apply to your sofa.

Our Predictions For 2019 Home Interior Trends

Keeping up with the latest interior design trends can be tiring and confusing. We all like to think we are an on-trend design influencer, but the reality is we only think about redecorating every five years or so, and by the time we get round to it, the ‘latest fashion’ is last year’s thing.

interior design trends

But there are plenty of little projects you can undertake in the home that keep you ahead of the game. So at Nabru we have been browsing the glossies and searching for the top tips from the people really in the know, so you can get a head start with the hot design trends expected in 2019.

Matt Black

Yep, the matt black is back. This could be walls, doors, lamps or picture frames, but dark colours are going to work again, particularly in light rooms where you get a nice balance. Dark kitchens are looking particularly popular again, with matt black units against white walls really catching on, and dark navy blue is another colour that is replacing grey as the on-trend shade.

Fringing

This 70s classic is making a triumphant comeback to embellish curtains, cushions, mirrors and lampshades with an array of new tassel designs. It may become a bit over-friendly with the vacuum cleaner and the dog will have a field day, but never fear, ramp up the fringe factor and dive into 2019.

Spiced Honey and Sage Green

Colour influencers Dulux and Pantone have released their respective colours for 2019, and the consensus is we are going for more earthy tones, which are definitely not beige! We’re looking at warm, autumnal shades here that create a cosy and inviting feel, with spiced honey taking on a caramel-y hue that would look great on a sofa and really make us want to dive in.

Statement ceilings

Let’s face it, we’ve all seen enough ironic, patterned wallpaper to last us a lifetime, but not on a ceiling. Plain walls and a vibrant, jazzy ceiling? Yeah, why not? We spend as much time staring at the ceiling as we do the walls, or at least we will now, so maybe it’s about time they got a piece of the action? Ceilings have been out in the cold since we rather rudely smothered them in Artex in the 1970s, so a little attention is long overdue. Mould it, lacquer it, paper it or just expressively paint it, pretty soon we’ll all have neck ache, but it will be well worth the effort.

Velvet

It’s sumptuous and seductive and something that comes and goes fashion-wise. But this year has seen the search for velvet go off the scale. Use it on sofas, cushions, curtains or bedspreads, velvet is the timeless classic that is back en vogue.

Curves

Industrial chic has had us following straight lines and the laws of geometry for some time now, so curves are making a welcome return. Another rather 70s passion was the curves found on coffee tables, sofas, armchairs and mirrors, and the inevitable comeback is on, with people introducing softer and more welcoming shapes back into the home to produce a relaxing and homely feel.

Multi-tasking mirrors

Don’t laugh, it makes absolutely perfect sense, given that little devices the size of, erm, an Apple, can pretty much control our daily lives now. Mirrors with integral, touch-screen lights have been a big thing for a while, but expect mirrors to be able to sync to our devices and become entertainment centres, health trackers and to greet us in the morning with reminders of what’s in our diaries for the day as we brush our teeth.

 

The 4 Key Trends Of 2018

As we head into Autumn 2018, we’ve seen a few different trends come to the forefront of interior design, with some coming through from late 2017 to this year and continuing to be a hot design trend.

Here we look at 4 key trends that are still trending this year – do you have any of these in your home?

Pastels

Pastel tones are here, and they are here to stay. From colouring your own hair with pastel colours, the trend has now extended to home life too. Many people are choosing dark, bold furniture and then accenting it with pretty pastel accessories. This works great in both modern and traditional properties.

Geometric

The geometric trend has been adopted in modern properties through a variety of different furniture pieces. Everything from coffee tables to art has seen geometric patterns bring them to life, often with a Moroccan-infused feel too. Geometric patterns works great on cushions as sofa accents too.

Rose Gold

The rose gold trend still doesn’t disappoint. Team a rose gold pendant light with a dark grey kitchen and you have an instant winner, with the copper tones creating a warm and stylish environment wherever they are used. Rose gold has been a trend hit for a few years now and it’s definitely here to stay.

rose gold lighting

Contrast Colours

For those of us that like to experiment with our colours and interior design skills, contrasting colours is a great way to showcase a vibrant interior in a cool, modern way. Back in the day, we would have never have considered teaming colours like pink and red together but these days, such colour contrasts are in vogue. The bolder you can be, the more you’ll marvel at your colour creation in your home.

Dark and Moody

When it comes to sofas and the like, a dark colour can work well in both small and large rooms. Team dark, sultry colours with pale pops of colour and you have a great combination. Dark mahoganies with table top accessories can lift a room. Many might steer away from dark colours in their home for fear of making the space feel small and dark but, if done right, dark colours can create a homely feel with rich textures and bold designs.

Ula 2X2 Armless Corner Sofa

Modern and Contemporary Design Tips

So you have a super-trendy modern apartment or town house and you’re wondering how to style it. You’re not alone! More and more Brits are opting for modern properties that require less remodelling and come jam-packed with contemporary design features already such as bi-fold doors, anthracite windows (yes, these are still very ‘in’) and a clever use of space throughout.

But with that modern property, how do you fill the room with the right furniture? Your old well-loved sofa might have come with you on this house move too but is it really going to fit with your modern property? Perhaps it’s time to refresh some of the items you own? Here are our tips:

Old Sofa Out, New Sofa In!

The sofa you choose for a modern property is an important consideration. The average modern house or apartment isn’t like a 1930s property where the rooms are large and you have high ceilings. With modern builds, there’s generally a better use of space with all mod-cons but this can mean rooms tend to be smaller and that requires a considered approach when deciding how to furnish and decorate them.

Here at Nabru, we make sofas that are guaranteed to fit your space – they are really easy to assemble and they will suit any modern property layout. You can choose from two seater sofas, large corner sofas and much more. You can even design your own sofa to suit your modern interior here.

Hygge

This Danish term refers to the acknowledgement of a feeling or moment that feels cosy, charming or special. It’s an on-trend choice for property owners to make their rooms feel homely. Greys, linens, chunky knits and rustic accents can all adopt the Hygge philosophy. For many, it’s simply a case of minimalism with warm and inviting key pieces, such as an armchair.

hygge

Cushions

We love a good cushion! It can transform a piece of furniture and modern properties can use patterned, bold cushion prints to make a statement in a clean, contemporary styled room. Textured cushions are a great modern accessory trend and can act as a real focal point.

Grey Paint

This may seem like a trend that was popular a few years ago but we think grey is still very much a modern property staple. It can be used as a great base to add a pop of colour through furniture and accessories and it will never, ever date. In large airy contemporary spaces it will make the area feel brighter and lighter whilst offering up a less clinical alternative to pale white walls. A subtle grey, such as Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White is a great option.

grey walls

If you have a modern property there are many ways you can style it – experiment with ultra-sleek clean lines and simple ideas to make the most of the space.

Size Definitely Matters With Interior Design

The successful interior design of a living room can stand or fall on four key features, all of which need to be scaled correctly to ensure you maintain a balance. Having an eye for these kind of things obviously helps, particularly as striking a balance in terms of size is quite a subjective matter.

Often it is a fine line between something being too big or too small in a room, but when you are investing significant sums on a piece of artwork or a sofa, or when the rug you choose will dictate the colour scheme for the rest of the room, your judgement is critical.

Of course colour is important to the overall feel of a room, but size and having everything in proportion is arguably a more decisive factor, as it influences both the look and feel of a room and how it functions as a space. In many respects, the bigger an item is, the more expensive it is, so you can’t afford to get it wrong, and therefore size judgement is something you need to plan very carefully, particularly with the following items:

  • Lighting

Fundamentally, lights need to be big enough and powerful enough to adequately light the room. But in terms of physical size, you don’t want lights to overly dominate, or be insignificant. A table lamp should be tall enough for the bottom of the shade to be around eye-level. Any higher creates a potential blinding effect, and any lower reduces the effectiveness of the light.

Likewise, pendant lamps shouldn’t be so low or big that they become a nuisance and only light the floor, nor so small and high that they shine in your eye while not sufficiently lighting the room. Lights need to be effective, but retain the right balance in relation to all other items and the available space.

pendant lights

  • Wall decoration

People often choose between one large piece of artwork on a wall or multiple pieces that neatly fit together, ie. four pieces in a square, and effectively take up the same space. Small pictures can lose impact and look imbalanced on a big wall, while a large picture can be too dominant and can negate the effect of your colour scheme.

A common rule of thumb when assessing the size of wall decorations is to take the overall width of the wall in question and multiply it by 0.57. This would give the rough width of a piece of artwork that would balance well on the wall.

  • Rugs

Like artwork and lighting, the bigger you go with rugs, the more expensive it becomes. But sometimes it is worth the investment in the right size, to ensure your purchase does itself justice in the room. A rug needs to leave sufficient border for carpet or tile colour and also have enough of its own border retained around a table or sofa.

  • Sofa

With the items mentioned above, amateur interior designers tend to make mistakes going smaller, rather than bigger. But the opposite is true with sofas. An armchair or a two-seater sofa will look okay in any room, as long as they have a practical purpose and other furniture balances them out. But you can go too big with a four-seater corner sofa that has to be pushed against the walls and prevents any flow around it.

Sker 3X2 Storage Corner Sofa

Also, the bigger the sofa, the less flexibility you have in re-arranging or re-designing the room after a period of time. Naturally, some rooms will only be able to accommodate a small sofa or a three-seater sofa, but a bigger room is not necessarily enhanced by a chaise corner sofa if it doesn’t allow for any harmony of balance with the rest of the room.

After all, harmony and Feng shui is the key to our everyday happiness, so sketch out your ideas and play with templates of your interior items to look at the options, because striking the right balance is everything, and size definitely matters.

 

SOFA DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD

If you’re looking to bring some overseas flavour to your living room, then check out our tips for capturing the aesthetics of regions from all over the globe.

Morocco

Moroccan style is an eclectic mix of African, Arab, and European features. Low sofas with rich, coloured fabrics and plenty of throw cushions help accentuate this look.

sofa design inspiration

Recommended: Ato 4 Seat Sofa with extra throw cushions

Sweden

Scandinavian and Nordic styles have seen a resurgence due to popular TV shows. This style gravitates towards the minimalist and understated. Clean lines, classic designs, and the occasional burst of colour define this look.

sofa design inspiration

Recommended: Orb 2 Seat Sofa Bed in faux Suede

France

The French design style is a mix of opulence and chic. Ornate furniture with deep cushioning and a modern flair encompasses this look.

sofa design inspiration

Recommended: Lear One Armless 3 Seat Sofa in Pewter Holland fabric

Italy

Italian style makes use of light and warm colours, simple and refined designs, with the occasional dash of luxury mixed in.

sofa design inspiration

Recommended: Ula Armchair, Wide

Visit our Inspiration page for an in-depth look at each style and advice on how to complete the look of your living room.

TOP 5 FUNDAMENTAL FEATURES OF ITALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN

From the ancient mosaics of the Roman Empire, to the intricate ceiling and wall designs of the Renaissance, interior design has been an important aspect of Italian culture for centuries.

To celebrate this commitment to design, we’ve explored the fundamentals of contemporary Italian design, to allow you to add a touch of Italian style to your home.

1. Mix up modern and rustic10

Preserving history is an important part of Italian culture, especially when it comes to architecture. Many Italians like to preserve the character of older buildings but keep their modern furniture, creating a mix of contemporary and rustic styles.

Whilst you might not live in an older building, you can still recreate this style in your own home. Look around antique markets and second hand furniture shops for older furniture, adding a rustic touch to a modern home.

2. Open Spaces

To really get the Italian feel in your home, open space is a must. Italian homes are often on the smaller side, so having an open plan kitchen/dining room can really make a space look bigger.

It enhances the ideal of what a house should be for; living! Whether the look you are going for is a Tuscan villa or a Milan loft apartment, light, airy spaces are key.

3. Minimalistic

Following on from having open spaces, less is often more in Italian interior design. Untidiness is a big no, so concealed storage areas play a big part in hiding clutter.

Opt for sofas with concealed storage space   to really give your home a minimalistic feel.

4. Living Kitchen

The kitchen has developed over the years in Italian culture to become somewhere to relax and socialise, not just somewhere to work and make food. The kitchen is such a big part of Italian culture that there have even been songs and films made about them!

Take advantage of this in your own home by placing a table or small sofa in your kitchen so that you can socialise with the whole family.  You could even try and cook some traditional Italian dishes to really get the feel of Italy!

5. Using Stone

One of the most famous aspects of Italian interior design is intricate stonework, from the warm terracotta tile floor, to the luxurious marble counter top. Whilst you might not be able to afford to retile your floor, you could find a few intricately decorated tiles to adorn your walls with, just to add a dash of Italian design to your kitchen or living room.

Have a go with some of the tips above to add some Italian flair to your home, whatever your budget. For ideas on furnishings, check out our Italian ‘Get the Look’.