Refreshing and changing small things in our home for each season comes natural to most people. We might change our bed linen from cool linen to cosy brushed cotton, the flowers from peonies to craspedia, and bring the scented candles back out that we stashed away in Spring. All this, as you can imagine, is of course going from Summer to Autumn and Winter – it would be the other way around if we currently looking forward to a long hot summer…
As the days get shorter and the nights longer, we all tend to spend more time cosying up at home and sitting on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and a good book has to be one of the best things about this time of the year. So, when it comes to our sofas, why not give them a little seasonal refresh as well? After all, it’s nice when they fit in with the rest of the room too.
Here are some hints, tips and ideas on how to refresh and dress up your sofa for the darker parts of the year.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere in the countryside, then Autumn and Winter are in a way the perfect seasons. Using woolly throws and cushions in muted colours work beautifully to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. And of course they’re practical: who doesn’t like snuggling up in a woolly blanket when it’s cold outside?
If your sofa is already quite a statement piece in its own right, then you won’t need to much to accessorise it. A few cushions with patterns, warm colours and possibly woven textures can completely transform a plain sofa even if it was already an impressive piece.
Adding heavily textured and natural fabrics are a good way to transform as sofa if you shy away from too much colour. Varying linen, velvet and wool will immediately give a sense of the Autumnal outdoors with a calm and relaxing feel.
Of course if colour IS your thing, then you should go all out for rich jewel tones. Pastels belong to Spring and Summer, now is the time to get the eye-popping and strong colours out. Velvet is possibly the best options for that as it will lend a rich sheen without being too shiny and the feel of the fabric is warm and soft. These kind of cushions will work especially well if your sofa has a dark colour, but they’ll also look great against a lighter fabric.
Layering is one big key to dressing up your sofa. The more cushions and throws you pile on, the cosier it will look. Varying different shades of one colour will result in a calm look, or you could combine strong patterns with plain colours for a slightly more adventurous feel. I would suggest having a minimum of 5 cushions and one blanket on your sofa, but the more the better.
Of course, if you really, really want to refresh your sofa completely, you could go completely overboard and knit an entire new cover for it. It will probably not be ready for this Winter, but we have many dark months ahead of us with plenty of time to knit and it will give you something to look forward to for next Winter…