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Playing with furniture scale, pattern and shape can be a tricky business. The good news is that the days of decorating with pattern and colour are back. Have a little fun — who cares if your friends don’t dig the new look right away? What’s important is that the design makes you smile. “Statement pieces” in the home are hot right now — bold patterns and shapes are taking hold on everything from lighting to your living room sofa.

Photo Blog October 19 Statement Sofas Couches

I love this room from Elle Decor’s April 2010 issue. The contrast of the patterned sofa, flanked with white chairs, and grounded by the black ottoman and lamps is just perfect. I could live with this colour.

Photo Blog October 19 Statement Sofas Couches Arren Williams

When friend Arren Williams mentioned to me last year that he was reupholstering his living room sofa in hot pink, I bit my lip and said, “That sounds lovely.” You know what? It is. More importantly, it’s him and fits his style.

Check out these sofas below — they are sure to make a statement.

Photo Blog October 19 Statement Sofas Couches Blue

The nailhead detail on this sofa from Shine Home is totally fun.


Photo Blog October 19 Statement Sofas Couches Orange

The white frame with velvet upholstery elevates the groovy vibe of this Jonathan Adler sofa.

Photo Blog October 19 Statement Sofas Couches Blue

This Anthropologie piece feels very bespoke. The handmade feel of the upholstery with the lady-like frame is odd, but it works and certainly offers a statement.

For more on sofas, read all about Shopping For A Sofa.

Photo credits:
1. Elle Decor April 2010 issue, photography by Simon Upton
2. House & Home August 2010 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson
3. Manhattan Sofa, Shine Home
4. Templeton Apartment Sofa, Jonathan Adler
5. Louisa Settee, Anthropologie

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