Sprucing up the living room

March 26th, 2014


Question. What is your favourite room in your house? I’m guessing that some people will say the kitchen, which in many houses is a hive of activity. Some of you may say the bedroom – the place where you finally get to relax and sleep off the stresses of the day. But I think most of you may well have said the living room – the true heart of a family home. This is the room where you watch TV together, relax in front of the fire together, and generally spend most family time. Yes, the living room is certainly an important place for most families. And, if we’ve agreed that the living room is the most important room in the house, then maybe we can also agree that the sofa is the most important piece of furniture in that room.

Because, even in the most minimalistic living rooms, a sofa will take pride of place. It is an iconic item of furniture – think of Gogglebox without those settees to lounge on, or The Royle Family without that slightly threadbare sofa they seemed to spend their whole lives sitting on. But, in terms of sofa that is both classic and classy, there can only be one choice – The Chesterfield.

The Chesterfield is the oldest form of sofa, dating back to the 18th century, and supposedly named for Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield. With this in mind, it makes sense that many of the designs of Chesterfield that prove popular are distinctly vintage in their look, in deep maroons and brown and tan leather – giving a real feeling of opulence and wealth to them.  These look fabulous if your style is retro elegance, add a few chosen antiques into the mix (and I don’t mean the husband!) and you get a warm and homely look.

John Lewis Todd Large Leather Chesterfield Sofa, Taupe £1, 900 - £2,000 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Todd Large Leather Chesterfield Sofa, Taupe £1, 900 – £2,000 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Hayworth Medium Chesterfield Sofa from £1,700 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Hayworth Medium Chesterfield Sofa from £1,700 click to visit John Lewis

It would be wrong to dismiss the Chesterfield as just an antique style throwback however; John Lewis has an amazing range that shows that the distinctive rolled back style of the sofa lends itself easily to more modern settings and design trends. Remove the trademark leather buttons and leather finish and you get an utterly modern piece, totally fresh and most definitely 21st Century.

John Lewis Gable Snuggler from £1,500 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Gable Snuggler from £1,500 click to visit John Lewis

What I really love about the modern Chesterfields is that you can tailor them to your own personal taste. Different fabrics, colours, even the colour, style and shape of legs can all be chosen to accommodate what you are looking for in a sofa. So, if you are looking for a classy piece of modern furniture with a little bit of history attached to it, you couldn’t really do better than gracing your home with a Chesterfield sofa. Sponsored Post.

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4 Responses to “Sprucing up the living room”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous sofas. I´d love to have them all. 🙂 My fave place is the salon because it´s where I blog, watch and I take my afternoon nap in my sofa too, hahaha!

  2. Emily Jayne says:

    We soooooo wanted to buy a vintage chesterfield for our flat but couldn’t find one we liked that was a decent price anywhere – really love these, may keep an eye on them for when we move!

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