A well-kept secret of interior designers is to use hospitality grade fabrics, even in residential settings. Why? Durability. These days, commercial fabrics are fun, modern, fresh and easily relatable in a residential environment. The downside is hospitality and commercial fabrics do tend to cost a bit more and may come in limited colors and patterns. The upside is the durability factor; spills will easily be able to be wiped away.
Should you go with a sectional? Perhaps modern, low and sleek is your style, or high-backed and comfy?
Regardless of your taste and style, what should most determine your sofa selection is your space. So often a sofa looks and feels out of place because it is the inappropriate size, scale or configuration.
In a space with low ceilings, low, modern and sleek may be the best choice, especially if a view needs to be preserved. In open spaces, a sectional sofa is helpful to define and create a lounge space for a large group. Social areas such as family rooms and even dens may be best suited for sofas that may be more plush and comfy.
A note of caution: Oversized furniture often makes a room feel crowded and seldom is “buying the set” successful. Multiple pieces can create a look that is overly “matchy” and crowded. Looking for an alternative? Consider placing two chaises together to create a single sofa or a long one-armed sofa or loveseat.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .