After the bedroom, the next most important place to create a sense of sanctuary in the home is in the living room. Most of us probably spend far too much time on our sofas already, but in my book if you work hard you get to lounge hard too. As sofas are so heavily used and abused they deserve a little TLC, and as one of the main focal points of most living rooms, treating the sofa to a makeover is a relatively inexpensive way to change the feel of the whole space. I decided to liven up this plain, neutral grey sofa with an über cosy, slubby faux-fur throw, sand coloured cable knit cushions and a trio of vividly embroidered cushions which add a real punch of colour.
Against the rich indigo backdrop (which one could almost swim in due to the paint’s high pigment content) they provide a much needed accent. The overall effect is inviting, bold, and a rather bohemian. The hexagonal shaped cushions are ethically produced and fairly traded, imported by Gloucester Road’s very own Shanti. But if that’s not to your taste, there’s a million other throws and pillows out there in different finishes and colourways to create an equally cosy look. Just remember that odd numbers of things read as less formal and so are more relaxing to be around, so plump for three or five cushions and you‘ll be plumping your way to relaxation nirvana.
After a TV marathon snuggling under the blanket (or hiding, if like me you have been obsessively watching U.S. zombie series The Walking Dead), tidying it up as if making the bed is probably the last thing anyone wants to do after slobbing out, but it is so worthwhile to make sure the sofa always welcomes you back after a hard day.