I have mentioned in passing that there was truly nothing fancy about my front living room, I feel as if a lot of people don’t believe me. This room feels so casually elegant but it is SO collected over time but it still feels fresh and current. To me when I buy furniture pieces, no matter the price tag I’m always looking at longevity, if you’re not doing this already you MUST start. There are a LOT of different furniture shapes and styles out there, so I want to talk about my thought process when selecting pieces for my home or for my design clients. I feel like you can indeed achieve a timeless style with affordable pieces if chosen correctly.
A grandiose price tag doesn’t mean anything to the longevity of a piece in your home. Whether or not pieces will stand the test of time has a lot to do with furniture shape, finish, and upholstery. I look for classic finishes and shapes when selecting pieces. Yes, you can certainly have feature pieces that are total knock outs, but anything more than a bold rug or singular accent chair tends to be a little much.
I’m going to take this space and break down the design elements that keep it feeling classic and fresh.
1. Sofa Shape: The most classic sofa style perhaps ever is the Chesterfield sofa. They are constantly reinventing this sofa style, tweaking it to be more modern, more flashy, on and on. I found this really affordable version on Wayfair and have had it for years. Though it’s probably not great for high traffic area, for a gently used front living room situation or sitting room I think it’s a great choice. The shape and upholstery are easy to live with options that can blend with many styles. If you don’t like the Chesterfield style, consider anything with a tailed arm shape such as a rolled or box arm.
2. Coffee Table: You really can not get more classic than a round coffee table with turned legs, this particular one is actually inexpensive from a big box store, but the shape is so classic and simple it makes it a very smart choice. White painted wood is always going to be in, rest assured that it is always going to be “a thing.”
3. Accent Chairs:Next factor in this space are the accent chairs, which are a little bit more modern than everything else. I really think they do a good job of freshening up my otherwise very traditional lines. They have a modern shape but the wood tone and linen like upholstery helps them lean more classic and marry well with the other pieces in this space. I feel like they keep this space from feeling “stuffy.”
4. Finishes: If you notice everything in this space is either a cotton, linen, wood, white, or black. The simple, easy on your eye, finishes really give this space more longevity. I like to bring in interest with pillows or rugs and tend to bend those to my current design whims. I could easily swap my rug out for a burst of color and add more variation in the pillows and accessories. I’m on a light and airy kick right now though.
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