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How to Buy the Right Couch or Sofa

Couch TypesRecently, I have been looking for a new couch and decided it would be fun to do a decorating article on the topic of finding the right one. Walking into a furniture store can be overwhelming, and I would recommend doing some online shopping before visiting a store. A couch or sofa sets the tone for a room and can be a significant investment, and you will want to make the right choice. To help you, let’s review the three areas to consider before you head out shopping:

What is your desired style?

If you decide you want the couch to be a statement or a focal point in the room you will want something bold. Or you may choose a neutral-colored upholstery that could compliment any decorating style. Choosing leather is a great option for those of you with heavy traffic from kids or pets. If it is a piece you intend to keep for a while, choose a neutral fabric (think beige or gray tones) that can easily be changed by adding different pillows, throw, and accessories. If you are unsure about your style type, click here for a fun quiz. To see a list of style types, click here.

I have often encountered situations where the homeowner wants a new couch but doesn’t want to stay in the same style as all the other furniture in the room. They want something new with a new look. You can mix pieces and make it work. The easiest way to pull a room together with different styled furniture is to pick one color or element (think metal, wicker, glass) and repeat it throughout the room. If you choose a color this can be used in pillows, throw, vases, curtains, lamps. Or you can decide to repeat a pattern, using the same fabric in multiple areas of the room. If you choose to purchase a couch with patterned fabric, often you can order additional fabric by the yard to have on hand for matching pillow or chair covers.

What size couch do you want?

Depending on how many people you want to seat, and the size of your room will dictate the couch size. A standard 3-seat sofa is 35″ deep and 84″ wide; however, there are very large sectionals that come in varying sizes. Take measurements of the space where you want to place the new couch as well as your doorways and hallways to get it into your home. Before you buy anything, click here to view a guide to help you take all the necessary measurements to ensure that you can get the furniture into your home.

What is the function?

If this is the room used for TV watching, you will want comfortable seating for everyone in your family. Here is an example of a room I redesigned for a large family, and the goal was to have a cozy spot for everyone to be together. If the room is not used frequently and only as an area for guests to talk, you may consider a smaller option such as a loveseat and chairs that can be moved around as needed. Familiarize yourself with how to determine quality furniture by clicking here for tips.

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If you need help determining your style, color choice, or how a new couch or sofa will work in your space, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a Decorating and Color Consultation to ensure you will be happy long-term.Redesign Right

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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Add a Fresh Look with Pillows

Decorating with PillowsAt the beginning of this Spring season, I find myself motivated for a new project. In my case, that usually means a room makeover or redesign. A redesign may sound like a lot of work and time, have no fear my decorating friends this is the easiest way to make a big impact in a room. How? Pillows! Here is my 3-step process:

Step #1:  Find Inspiration

In every room, you need a source of inspiration that thing that you love. It may be a piece of art, a beautiful vase or accessory, rug, or your furniture. If there is nothing in a room that you love, find inspiration in other areas, like magazines, online, or check out my Houzz Ideabook for ideas.

Step #2:  Decide on your Decorating Goal

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you looking to compliment an existing look?
  • Are you looking to WOW your guests?
  • Are you looking to hide a piece of furniture?
  • Are you looking to resurrect an old chair or worn fabric?

Once you have determined what you like (found your inspiration) and you understand your decorating goal, it’s time to find your pillows.

Step #3:  Find Your Pillows

Fortunately, there are several shopping options available for finding your perfect pillow combination.

Shopping ideas:

Easy Pillow-Mixing Rules

If mixing patterns in pillows causes you stress, pick a neutral background color (white, beige, gray, light blue, light pink) and be sure all the pillows you choose have this same color as a neutral and the pop color that you are trying to add. You always want to add pillows in odd numbers – therefore an 84” standard sized couch should have a minimum of three pillows to five. Keep in mind, if pillows share the same style, for example, all modern with geometric themed fabric, you can easily mix them. Pillows with different texture may be put together if they are in various shades of one color. You can add a leather or fur pillow to transition from one pillow look to another.

Check out this couch transformation using pillows:

Redesign RightIf you need help adding a fresh look to a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a redesign consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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