Thursday, October 28, 2010

Playful Patterns

In most cases purchasing a sofa for our living rooms eats up a big chunk of our budget. Due to this we normally stick to neutral sofa's so that we can switch things up as the years go by.

I did this in my own home and it's something that I always recommend to clients.

Lately though this pattern lover has been lusting after playful patterns on sofas:


House Beautiful:

Could you do it? Or do you think buyers remorse would set in after a couple of weeks?



Blogger Kwana said...

I think these are lots of fun.

October 28, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

My last sofa was a patterned sofa.
I bought it to hide stains which was a great idea because it worked. Sadly...after 5 years I was tired of it. Now it sports a white slipcover. It makes changing things up much easier.

October 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings said...

I love them, BUT, I think I'd leave everything else in the room simple and solid, so as not to overwhelm....

Love the orange sofa with Tiffany Turquoise walls....

October 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I would love to do it, but I'm chicken!

October 28, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I love prints anywhere, but I'm also into changing things up when the mood strikes. So I usually limit bold prints to a pillow, side chair, ottoman, or curtains that can easily be switched out and don't require a major commitment!

October 28, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I love patterned sofas but I think if you are on a budget neutral is the way to go. It would be really fun to just have an extra house to decorate how you wanted. A girl can wish...

October 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah...these pictures all made my heart skip a beat- love love love! I adore the picture with the large photographs above the floral sofa- Also loving the Lee Jofa fabric on the 3rd picture- such a great print. And of course, the La Fiorentina loveseat is divine (I actually just scored 4yards of it on ebay for $80 so am pretty excited about making somethin with it.) I chose a charcoal solid sofa and layered pattern with cushions (I actually just posted pics of the room today) but I would love a patterned piece like the ones you posted- I adore great pattern and fabric so would definitely be into a sofa in a great print.

October 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think if I only had one room for one sofa in our home, buyers remorse just make kick in later if I bought a fun one. But if our home had two living areas... then maybe the creative splurge would be worth it. But... I only have that one room for one sofa right now, so this is what we bought last Fall in a neutral linen colored chenille type fabric:

October 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger traci zeller designs said...

I had a crazy red patterned sofa that I bought right after graduating. It was a splurge -- beautiful and excellent quality. I loved it for years! But after looking at it for a solid month (home-bound when my twins were born), I was SO OVER IT. Actually, I'd be over it for a while -- but now I was stuck looking at it all day and all night. My husband came home and asked where it was. I informed him that I sent it to be reupholstered. He didn't dare say a thing!

October 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Those prints are awesome! I wish, wish, wish I could do it -- make the jump to a patterned sofa. But I'm so fickle with patterns that it makes me way too nervous. Maybe someday I'll be able to commit :).

October 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

that elle decor cover is my absolute fav. its in my decor files. im trying it baby steps. i have chevron valances and these liberty of london shades, my parents think it looks like throw up but i kinda like it lol.

October 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Alcira Molina-Ali said...

These spaces are so playful!
I think it could be pulled off especially in a second home, as a touch of whimsy you wouldn't have to look at every day ; )

October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

so fun! but i would be too chicken for sure!

October 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like the patterns are super fun -- the only way I could do it is to find a vintage sofa from the 60's w/clean lines and have a slipper cover made for it and upholster the body in a neutral fabric ---- otherwise no! lol

October 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I really want a patterned sofa. Mine is off-white now and it's just so blah and uninspiring. I generally don't get sick of patterns so I'm not too worried about buyers remorse. I went to Mitchell Gold and was poring over their fabric selection when the salesman came over and said "we really recommend solids for sofas" - when there wasn't a single solid in front of me. It was a turn-off and I left soon after. Plus I wasn't in love with any of their patterns.

October 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger diane@onlinefabricstore said...

Like you I usually prefer and also recommend a neutral sofa and bring pattern into the room in pillows, a chair etc. but if you notice, many of these photos show slipcovers which is a great way to live with color during a specific season i.e. plaid for winter, floral for summer and not grow tired of it. Nice post.

October 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger ChrisA. said...

Love the colors and patterns but I would probably get tired of it. I say - slipcovers to change at will (LOL)! Wouldn't that be wonderful!

October 28, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the orange, yellow, and green. My Grandmother had a sofa just like that and I loved it!!! Too bad my aunt sold it in a garage sale, I would have loved to have it in my home.

October 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Anonymous sarah@realestatestyle said...

I Love these, especially the Domino and the green and white floral...I just ordered a new sofa. Way to scared to get a print. I got a neutral linen, and plan to punch it up with lots of pillows! I like to change my mind :)

October 28, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVe the first image! and yes I really do LOVE them that much!

October 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

I would love to have a patterned sofa like this one day! It definitely makes the room!

October 31, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

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