And I love it. After weeks of going back and forth over whether I wanted to commit to a patterned sofa, I pushed “complete my order” and just did it. I knew it was probably meant to be when I couldn’t find it on the site for a quick minute and started sweating. Once it arrived, I liked it in the room even more than I expected.
Before the change, you might remember we had two matching IKEA slipcovered sofas. To change up the look, I moved one of them upstairs to our playroom. I also added a wingback in a modern stripe on the other side of the fireplace. (My 10-year-old asked me why none of our furniture matched. Because I don’t want it to!)
Here was my thought process when choosing to go for the pattern over a new solid sofa:
Our IKEA Ektorp in the beige cover helps to balance it out.
The pattern is busy but a geometric is a little less of a statement than a bold floral, for example. It helps that it’s only blue and white vs. multicolor.
It’s all about scale. I can still pair it with other patterns (floral, animal prints, etc.). And a solid pillow or two helps to break up the mix.
And yes, I did order it online without sitting on it first. (I live on the edge like that.) It’s deeper than I expected and really comfortable. The arms definitely are not cushy so we use the bigger pillows with down inserts on the ends. I can vouch for it being a good napping couch and I’m loving the clean, modern lines next to the more traditional, rolled arms of the slipcovered one.
The good news is that this sofa comes in a ton of colors (and has a sleeper option). The bad news is that the pattern I bought was already sold out by the time mine was delivered. (I did find this pillow in a similar print if you just want to add a little pattern.)
Beautiful and fresh! I love the color of the legs (off-white, white?) and it is so pretty with your blue and white porcelain pieces!
This room is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your thought process–I loved reading it. Also, I know you’re focusing on the sofa, but now I really want to race out and buy animal print throw pillows.
What is the wall color in the living room. Very pretty. Thanks!
Emily Clark says
Thanks, it’s Palace Pearl by Benjamin Moore.
I love it! It looks just fabulous :) It is always so rewarding when you go with your gut and it looks better than you expect! Great job!
Terri Johnson says
Where did you get your rug?
Emily Clark says
Overstock. It’s the linked at the bottom under “featured in this post”.
Love it. Looks so good. So Mark Sikes. :)
Emily Clark says
Well that’s the ultimate compliment. Thanks :)
Lovely! I love your child’s question and your answer. One of the greatest compliments my daughter has given me is that our home doesn’t look like I bought everything at Kirkland.
Karen L. says
Love that you chose something pretty yet a bit edgy which is so fun! Sometimes we can just be so serious in our decor choices. :) Love how it all works together.
I had a white slip covered sofa that I recently replaced with a teal colored one. I thought I was being bold & daring choosing a colored sofa as opposed to another neutral one.
I could easily do a pattered chair. But a sofa? That takes it to the next level of commitment.
I think yours looks beautiful & I commend you for doing something I’m not brave enough to do.
I had a patterned sofa in the 90’s. Maybe that’s why I didn’t want another one. They are great for hiding stains though. 😉