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Carol O’Callaghan sorts out the sofas and armchairs that induce relaxation
Nothing cheers up winter like a bright orange colour. Snuggle up in this modular piece from Casey’s. Milano lounger sofa (€2,299), in tangerine upholstery with solid American walnut feet. Scatter cushions are in Juice Verve and Shetland Mercury fabrics.
The Chesterfield sofa design with its rounded arms and back has never gone out of fashion, even after three hundred years. Laura Ashley’s Mayfield version takes the look and upholsters it with a fashionable, crushed raspberry velvet for maximum comfort (€1,700).
Cork-born, Londonbased upholsterer, Aiveen Daly makes beautiful furniture and accessories for an international clientele. This is the perfect love seat, finished in luxury mohair velvet, (price on application from www.aiveendaly.com).
The Marcel sofa epitomises the mid-century modern look which is enjoying a revival, thanks to its timeless aesthetic. Note the pared back design, and slanted arms which add to the sitter’s comfort (€449 from Very).
Modular sofas allow flexibility for various configurations to suit large and small rooms. Harvey Norman’s Gotham features a mix of plain and patterned upholstery with an integrated chaise longue for maximum comfort while watching television on wintery nights (€3,499).
The minimal lines of EZ Living’s Scott sofa are softened by delightful apple green velvet upholstery. Cylindrical cushions tucked into the arms add extra support while contrasting with the otherwise rectangular shape. Three will fit comfortably on this model, (€1,199)
Liven up a neutral sofa with the Pola armchair, finished in turquoise fabric with contrasting pink buttoning for an eye-catching addition to sitting room décor. Soft, rounded lines and angled legs cite retro designs brought up to date with modern upholstery (Pola from Casey’s €1,185).
Make a bold statement in the living room with the Roche Bobois Macaron seat, designed by Stefan Heilger to configure into an armchair, an ottoman or a chaise longue, thanks to a concave disc that transforms into a chair back. Children will enjoy its playfulness, and adults the versatility and sophistication this piece of furniture offers (€2,360).
A two-seater sofa works in smaller rooms and are also ideal for large bedrooms to create a seating area away from the hustle and bustle of family life. Meadows & Byrne’s Haley model in a neutral light grey makes it suitable for the most calm or colourful decorating schemes (€699).
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