5 Simple Ways to Redecorate your Couch
Be it a large family house or a single’s small abode, the couch holds its position as the central component of any home. When we come home from a tiring day outside, the couch is the first soft surface greeting us. The couch is a multipurpose object- communal gathering place, dining area, permanent resting area for the average couch potato, or even a budget replacement for a bed, making it more than just a piece of furniture worth taking care of in the household. A beautiful couch represents individuality, and as each couch is special to its owner, making a couch look and feel personal is simpler than ever with these few steps!
- Choosing the right upholstery fabric
The upholstery fabric is the soft covering that envelops every couch. Couches are made of a variety of materials- from cotton to leather to even velvet. The various textures these materials provide can completely change the vibe of a couch- and ultimately the room it is placed in. Leather is sleek and professional, while cotton or wool blends make for plush looking yet sturdy surfaces. By picking the right fabric, any couch can be the right one.
Tip: If you want to switch up the look of your couch more often and save some money, using a slipcover is a simple way to both customise and protect it! They’re washable and a very good use for old bedsheets you can’t seem to know what to do with.
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If you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind, extremely special, and even a little risky- you can paint your couch! Depending on what your couch is made of, several types of fabric paint can be used to whip up fantastic works of art on a simple piece of furniture. Cotton blends are very paint receptive, making them excellent canvases while firmer textures such as velvet may require using liquids for dye. Make sure to do thorough research before deciding to paint upholstery, as you may end up costing yourself more money on this budget-friendly tip.
- Throwing in a few cushions
Cushions- the fix-all for every dull home fixture. There are a million ways to choose and style cushions to suit your desired aesthetic, with monochrome cushions bringing a cohesive central focus to your couch, and bright pops of colour to completely brighten a room. Cushions are also an excellent method of covering up any old stains or imperfections, and you can’t go wrong with having just a cushion too many. Find the right print, pattern, texture, or colour, and you are on your way to seriously reconsidering throwing out that dull old couch.
Tip: The arrangement of cushions plays a role in portraying a specific look for your couch too. A structured array of an even number of cushions look traditional, while throwing cushions in an abstract manner give the couch a slightly bohemian look- modern and cosy.
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- Add on some throw blankets too!
In addition to cushions, blankets are the easiest way to quickly hide that drink stain, or allow the couch to double as a makeshift bed. From which drapery goes where to thick knit or thin cross stitch, each blanket creates its own effect on the small space that is the couch. There are so many ways to drape a blanket atop a couch:
- Just toss them over. Wrinkled or spread, haphazardly tossed blankets create a homey and cosy look.
- Thin blankets are great for creating structured drapery. Placing a rectangular or folded throw blanket on one side or on the arm of the couch utilises a slightly posher style of décor.
Blankets are also an effective tool in muting or brightening the overall tone of your couch, so choose the best blankets with care.
- Merge design with practicality
Never underestimate the versatility of a couch. Functional couch accessories allow for both aesthetic and purposeful use when it comes to decorating. Ottomans, for example, come in all shapes and sizes, with some even doubling as a small storage box. Pairing the right ottoman with your couch can easily make it look like the ottoman is just an extension of it- the ottoman will blend in smoothly with the rest of your furniture. Another popular item among families or the modern couch potato alike- caddies. Caddies are pockets for you to keep items such as the remote, mugs, magazines, or bowls while not forsaking design. They come in a myriad of patterns and can be placed over the arm of the couch or atop the cushions. Caddies save space and are an effective means of keeping the overall area tidy so, it may be wise to invest in one.
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The tips listed above can immediately overhaul the look of any couch, without necessarily breaking the bank. Will you try them at home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and happy decorating!