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The three M’s: Stylish and comfortable designer sofas from BoConcept

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

There’s nothing worse than a sofa that looks great in appearance, but is uncomfortable to sit on.

As it’s so often the key piece of furniture in a living room, design and style are of course a priority, but if you’re going to make the most out of it, it needs to be comfortable to use too.

Here are three top designer sofas from BoConcept that tick all the boxes in terms of style and design, yet won’t compromise on comfort.

The Monaco sofa

Elegant and super comfortable Monaco designer sofa - perfect for a contemporary home

It’s not often that a sofa is said to be inspired by a stop sign, but the Monaco sofa has that claim to fame! That’s not all that makes it special, though.

Designed by Frans Schrofer, the sofa is an elegant and classic design that not only looks comfy, but is comfy. That’s because it’s designed with ergonomic backrests, to give you the perfect seating experience.

The stop sign inspiration is reflected in the hexagonal design of the armrest. In fact, geometrics seem to be a bit of a thing with this piece, as the seat cushions are sculpted in diamond shapes. The idea behind this is that they’ll help the sofa keep its shape. Clever, huh?

The Madison sofa

A clever modern sofa design enhanced by technology!

If you love the latest technology, then the Madison sofa is a must-see. It cleverly combines great style, with top technology to provide you with a fabulously comfortably seating experience.

The modular sofa system is available in a choice of designs, as well as in over 100 different fabrics and leathers. What helps set this sofa apart from others is its adjustability.

You can either opt for a manually adjustable headrest, so you can adapt it to the exact position you want. Or choose the techno version, with its electric seat and motion headrest. This is powered by either lithium batteries or cable and transforms the sofa at the touch of a button into a super comfy recliner.

Once you’ve sat on this one, you won’t want to get up!

The Mezzo sofa

The Mezzo designer sofa - perfect for lounging around on

If you love to lounge around on a sofa, then the Mezzo design could be the perfect option for you.

The modular sofa is available in a great range of sizes and designs, from compact to huge, and includes components such as resting units, lounging units and footstools. Whether you’ve only got a small space for a seat, or a large area to fill, you can create your perfect sofa shape and size.

The Mezzo boasts ‘intelligent’ back cushions that are fully adjustable, so you can get the comfort you desire, whether you’re lounging around, or sitting up watching TV. Plus, the armrests benefit from extra padding too.

Add a pastel pop to your living room with Furniture Village

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Decorate your living room in calming pops of pastel

If you’re unsure about using pastels in your home, this year is definitely the time to give them another go.

Outside, we’re slowly beginning to see the first signs of spring emerge, so why not take a leaf from nature’s book and follow suit with adding some touches of colour into your home.

Pastels don’t have to be all sugary sweet girly colours – by using them carefully, you can create contemporary, grown-up and stylish interior schemes that anyone will enjoy living with.

If you need a bit of inspiration on how to get pastels to work in your home, Furniture Village are on hand with a new lookbook. They’ve put together some lovely ideas on how to use pastels to maximum effect in your living room.

Grey might not be the first colour you think of when pastels are mentioned, but the experts at Furniture Village suggest it can actually work incredibly well as a base colour for adding additional pastel pops and we certainly agree.

In a living room for example, a large muted grey corner sofa can be brought to life by adding some select soft furnishings and accessories in pastel hues. Think dusky pink or pale blue cushions, ornaments or throws.

In order to create a cohesive and calming interior, it’s a good idea to keep your statement, or accent colours, to just one or two additional colours. That’s all you need to create just the right amount of interest without making the room feel too busy.

Calming pastel living room sofa idea

With Pantone’s Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (blue) Colours of the Year for 2016, there’s no shortage of soft furnishings and home accessories available in these two colours, making them perfect to use for a Pastel Pop scheme such as this. Both colours are inherently cool and calming, work well combined with a soft grey and are thus ideal for a living room scheme where you want to feel relaxed and at ease.

For the walls, you could choose a lighter shade of grey paint or perhaps some soft grey wallpaper.

The calming shade of pastel pink works well in a living room interior design scheme

Your accent pieces certainly don’t have to be plain. In fact,  it’s adds even more interest to mix things up and add patterned pieces too, such as cushions with funky prints.

Geometric designs are ever popular and can be a good contrast against the soft edges of a sofa and cushions. Look out for a nice geometric design rug, candle holders, art work or even furniture. The geometric style lines of the Conran balance coffee table, shown above, offer a good contrast in shape too, plus the natural wood tones in very well with dusky pink.

This coffee table design is oozing with sophistication and, thanks to the multitude of shelves and compartments, there’s plenty of room on it to display some more coordinating home accessories, along with your essential reading material and perhaps your TV controllers.

We love this colour scheme and think it’s a great way for pastel-phobics do start to re-embrace softer colours again. It’s not just a colour scheme suitable for a living room either. Pink and grey, or blue and grey, both work very well in a bedroom scheme, with soft grey bedding and pastel pops of pillows or cushions. It could be a good compromise colour scheme too, for those often hard-to-please males! It’s not too girly, but still gives some feminine touches.

If you fancy a colour change in your living room this year, then we’d definitely recommend exploring the options with grey. A few key pieces of furniture in grey, such as a sofa and chair, coupled with some pastel pops can transform the room and add a fresh feel for spring.

What do you think – could you live with this colour scheme in your home?

(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post)

Are you sitting comfortably? Top sofa sale buys

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

If you’ve had heaps of family and friends around at Christmas and are beginning to realise that your sofa isn’t that comfortable or can’t seat enough people, then now is a good time to start thinking about buying a new one.

With the post-Christmas sales in full force, there are some great reductions available on sofas. Here are five fab sofa buys that will help you sit in style and accommodate guests in comfort.

Elipse medium sofa

Contemporary curved frame Elipse medium sofa in a lovely blue grey.

Part of the Our House range at John Lewis, the contemporary designed Elipse sofa has a gorgeous curved frame and modern tapered legs. The Porto blue grey is a lovely shade for a modern home and the sofa is available in seven days. Now £699 (was £999).

Chester chaise sofa

Wow, this looks like a gorgeous sofa! Love the style and design and the luxurious velvet finish.

A gorgeous emerald green velvet chaise sofa, designed by Matthew Hilton for Habitat. Gorgeously luxurious with its velvet upholstery (the cover is removable, which is really useful) and nicely finished off with dark wood stained feet. Now £1300 (was £1900) and delivered in two weeks.

Chill four seater leather sofa

Gorgeous large leather four seater Chill sofa - a modern Scandi style design that's made to last

If you need a large sofa that will last, then this is the perfect option. A modern take on classic Scandinavian design, this gorgeous Chill sofa is luxuriously crafted from quality leather. Now £2715 (was £3395) at Heal’s.

Monty sofa

Large Monty sofa from Loaf - love the ash wood frame and washed cotton linen upholstery

Apparently named after a cuddly St Bernard dog, this large Monty sofa in ash wood is lovingly upholstered in a washed cotton linen. It’s available immediately from Loaf. Now £1395 (was £1475).

Croft Collection Berwick large sofa

Contemporary Berwick large sofa in a lovely charcoal colour

You can’t go wrong with a charcoal sofa, and this Berwick large sofa, with its high fixed back and low rectangular cushions, is a stylish and comfortable buy. It’s delivered within seven days and is part of the Croft Collection at John Lewis. Now £1289 (was £1850).


5 reasons to choose a leather sofa

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Why buy a leather sofa?

Are you thinking of investing in a new sofa? There’s a huge range of styles, designs and upholstered finishes available, but one popular choice is to opt for leather. Here are five great reasons why a leather sofa could be the perfect buy for your home.

1. Luxury style and finish

There’s something luxurious about leather. It’s soft to touch, smooth to sit on and oozes style and sophistication.

A 100% leather sofa is the ultimate in comfort. It may seem expensive, but it’s a great investment to make and one you’re sure to love and enjoy for many years to come. Whether you’re fond of ultra modern sofa designs or classic contemporary styles, there’s likely to be a leather sofa out there that would look right at home in your living room.

2. Durability

If you’re concerned about durability, then leather as a sofa finish works perfectly. Leather is naturally a tough and durable fabric. It can withstand wear and tear, spills and scratches well (as long as you do wipe off spills etc, of course). In fact, it can be a good and durable choice for a family home.

3. Longevity

A good quality leather sofa that is loved and well cared for can last a long time. The colour of the leather shouldn’t fade, but it will evolve. The more you sit on and use the sofa, the softer the leather will become.

4. Comfort

Comfort is of course a top priority with a sofa. The soft nature of leather adds an extra element of comfort to a sofa that makes it appealing to sit back and relax on.

Leather is a natural fabric too and as such it absorbs oils from your skin and softens even more over time. In the winter, sitting on a leather sofa is cosy and warm, yet in the summer it can be cooling against your skin – so it’s perfect all year round.

As with buying any sofa, it’s a good idea to check out various options before you buy – try them out for size and comfort and see which one suits your needs the most.

5.  Easy to care for

If you thought that buying a leather sofa would entail a lot of delicate upkeep, then think again. A leather sofa is relatively easy to maintain.

If it becomes the victim of accidental spills and stains, gently wipe them off with a damp cloth. Pet hair and dust can be removed by regular cleaning with a duster, vacuum cleaner or soft brush.

To keep the leather in tip-top condition, avoid using any silicone based polishes or wax on the fabric. Specialist leather cleaning products are available – be guided by the product care information that comes with the sofa you buy.

(Image credit: Newport large leather Chesterfield sofa from Furniture Village)

***This is a collaborative post*** 

Mid-century monochrome living room: Parker Knoll Montana sofa

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Mid century style Montana contemporary sofa

Mid-century modern charm meets contemporary styling in Parker Knoll’s Montana sofa.

The hand-crafted sofa, shown here in Euphoria charcoal, provides perfect comfort and style in one. Charcoal is a good, hard-wearing colour choice to opt for in a family home, but it’s also ideal for using as a backdrop for a monochrome colour scheme.

Accessorize it in your living room with pieces in black, white or grey, such as a lamp, rug or coffee table. Use natural woods or brushed chrome finishes to lighten the monochrome effect.

And for the perfect cosy finish, choose scatter cushions in some of these coordinating Parker Knoll fabrics:

How to create a monochrome living room

The Montana sofa is available in two sizes – a standard two-seater and large two-seater – plus a matching chair and footstool are available too.

Design your own sofa at John Lewis

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Ever wished you could design your own sofa? Thanks to a new interactive online tool at John Lewis, that prospect is now within reach.

The new Any Shape Any Fabric interactive tool allows you to choose your perfect sofa style and size from over 50 different shapes. When it comes to the colour and design, there are 400 different fabrics available, from plain colours and lively prints, to luxurious velvets and designer fabrics. Plus, you can also choose whether you’d like light or dark wood feet on your sofa.

The tool makes the process easy and being able to browse and select so many different fabric options at the click of a button is useful. You can get a good idea of how different fabrics would look when covering the whole sofa, rather than having to rely on a single swatch of fabric. Fabrics are categorised according to price, so it’s easy to find something to suit your own budget. Prices for design your own sofas start from £499.

If you’re not worried about designing your own sofa, or need one in a hurry, then John Lewis also offer a seven day delivery service for many of their sofas, with prices from £299.

My Ideal Sofa

I’ve had a play with the tool and created my ideal sofa.

Design your own sofa #JLSofaDesign

In an ideal world, it would probably be large to stretch out and relax on, with plenty of room for guests, and in a luxurious fabric. 

However, in practical terms, the biggest mistake we made when purchasing our first ever sofa was not measuring the size properly in relation to the room it was going in. It was great in the shop and provided plenty of room for our requirements, but in reality when it was in situ and alongside other furniture, it looked too big for our then living room.

So if I was buying a sofa now, I’d definitely think more carefully about the space it was going into and how it would work with the rest of our furniture. John Lewis have a great range of sofa designs and plenty of options for small and medium sized sofas. After a good look through the options, the one that sprung out at me is the Bizet sofa.

As well as being small, compact and stylish, this one has a double appeal, in that it’s also a sofa bed. Perfect for small rooms and even better for providing some much needed extra space to have guests to stay.

In terms of fabric, I’ve gone down the practical route too, opting for the Arden fabric, which will be suitably hard-wearing for the use it will get. It’s in a lovely shade of duck egg blue.

The rest of the living room would look like this:

Fresh Design Blog ideal living room #JLSofaDesign

There are other matching pieces of furniture in the Bizet range, so a chair in matching fabric would be ideal. As the sofa has light oak style legs, the wood theme would be continued through other furniture and accessories, like the coffee table, lamp and rocking chair.

In terms of curtains and cushions, the sofa colour just happens to go wonderfully well with the Sanderson dandelion clocks print, so it would be rude not to include this, especially as it’s a favourite design!

For those times when you just want to put your feet up, or lounge around more casually, a knitted pouffe is a nice addition, both in terms of comfort and texture. And finally, a few select accessories, such as the coloured glass bottles, help complete the room.

Product details

Top row, left to right:

Sanderson dandelion clocks eyelet curtains – from £100

Says Who for John Lewis why wood coffee table – £175

I4DZine Trafalgar tripod floor lamp – £260

Middle row:

Recycled glass vases – £5

Bizet sofa bed in ardenduck egg fabric

Sanderson dandelion clocks cushion – £30

Bottom row:

Vitra Eames RAR rocking chair – £435

Knitted pouffe in smoke – £90

Bizet armchair in arden duck egg fabric – £799

* Disclaimer: This post is an entry into the JL design and win your sofa competition #JLSofaDesign
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