This Room Works – The Blue Lounge

The Cool Blue Lounge

This accepting turquoise hue used in a lounge works


There are lots of blues here, the lightest tone is used on walls, (which provides a great backdrop) and seems almost the same hue as the sofa, which is a richer version of the wall colour. This makes the sofa seem softer, which is always a good thing.

There is also a lot of black, in the fireplace, the picture frames, some accessories (including shaded candlesticks on the mantelpiece) and the striped fabric used on the armchairs. Strong colours like black offer punctuation to a room, separating what might otherwise become an indistinct sea of colour.

The perfect quirky black lamp

I love the way white has been introduced on the wall which has the windows (in the window treatments and in accessories). White is echoed in  and on the coffee table. White is so ubiquitous we sometimes forget it’s a colour which needs to be used as carefully as any other colour. This well thought-out use of white is refreshingly subtle.

There is also some yellow & orange providing a warm lift – did you see it? The side table next to the sofa, the shade of the black lamp and the tray on the central coffee table are both offering yellow-oranges and they really shout!

Indigo fairly tribal cushion

Pattern has been introduced in splashes throughout, all geometric and faintly tribal – this use of patterns that tell the same visual story (even though they are different from each other) helps to create texture without jarring.

A useful fairly tribal rug

Finally the whole room is neatly pulled together with the picture over the fireplace – did you notice that the white vessel in the picture is on the side that the white accessories are used and the dark blue vessel on the side where the darker colours have been used?

Lovely use of blue.

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Fashionable English Sofas

The fashionable English Sofa

The fashionable English Sofa

Can a classical sofa ever be on trend?

And if one is, should we buy it?

In this fresh, mid-century style lounge, vintage finds have been combined with high street pieces creating an inspiring interior.

The room features a traditional sofa with turned legs and set-back, rounded arms. This classic piece has become so associated with British country houses that in America it’s simply called “English”.

There is good news for anyone who fancies this sofa for their home, because the style is on trend this year, which makes it a great time to buy one.

I’m not suggesting we should slavishly follow fashion, but there are some advantages to buying things when in style, especially classical pieces which don’t come into fashion that often.

When certain shapes are on-trend, lots of stores stock them; and when lots of stores have a version of the furniture shape you are looking for, you have an opportunity to shop from a wider selection of fabrics and finishes.

Also, in the same way that fruit or vegetables are better value when in season, anything that happens to be on-trend in interiors – effectively “in” this season – can usually be found for an attractive price.

Here are some examples of English sofas available from stores right now:

 Lady May Sofa by Sofa Workshop

Lady May Sofa by Sofa Workshop

Sofa Workshop’s Lady May sofa comes in a wide variety of house and designer fabrics from £1,875 for the two seat version shown above.

The Jonesy Sofa by Loaf

The Jonesy Sofa by Loaf

Loaf Jonesy sofa in Thatch house fabric is available from £1,095 (for a two seat version, the one shown is a four seat); in a wide variety of fabrics and colours.

Tesco Direct's Florence Sofa

Tesco Direct’s Florence Sofa

Tesco Direct’s Florence sofa – shown here in large two seat option – comes in four fabrics from £599.

 Ikea's Stocksund Sofa

Ikea’s Stocksund Sofa

Ikea’s Stocksund sofa – shown here in as a two seat option in Nolhaga light beige – comes in five colourways from £425.

So if the sofa you have fallen in love with happens to be as fashionable as those featured in the list above, then lucky you; because when classics like this have their moment, it might just be worth making a seasonal investment.

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