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Why we chose our living room colours

Eden Broadwick Sofa Workshop Teal Cheetah Animal Print

Spending much more time at home currently means I am enjoying and taking in much more of what we have directly around us. It certainly makes you appreciate what you have and where you are. When we changed things around in the living room a while ago I shared it with you, but I thought I might go a little more in depth as to why we chose the colours – especially the main one. I did of course make a mood board at the time as it makes life so much easier and decisions quicker. In fact it can completely change and alter your outcome.

I would say my personal taste is eclectic and colourful but with strong leanings towards teals and mid century.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Sofa Workshop.
teal sofa in living room with grey walls and gold rug

Teal makes me happy it’s vert definite and offers balance in a room. It’s also a very restful colour that works with so many other hues. Which, if you’re using it for a sofa makes sense ? If we decided to change the wall colours ( yup, it’s on the agenda ) then you could consider light pinks, certain softer blues or actually even darker blues, shades of green and golds. It obviously also works nicely with a pure white, neutrals and all greys. An incredibly versatile choice and one that I’m glad we made. It’s much easier to change the walls than it is than change your furniture.

I worked with Sofa Workshop on this particular project with a review and went for the Eden which comes in various sizes

It takes quite a lot of time to find your own personal colour palette but once you do, I don’t think it ever veers to far. I always say to people that the most important thing is that you love your choices and that no trend or influence should dominate.

Teal yellow bluebellgray sofa living room

We really do love a bit of 50s/60s era here and the Eden also lends itself well on that point. There was a choice of various sizes from a four seater sofa all the way down to a foot stool. We are avid Netflix fans and spend a lot of time plonked here so something comfy and large was a big factor. Let me tell you, the last 6 or so weeks have been greatly bolstered by this space.

It is much higher seating than our last sofa, which we also loved a lot  – and also from Sofa Workshop … we are long term fans. This has made it a bit more suitable for older family. There really is so much to consider isn’t there ?

As you can see I have thrown many different colours with the teal and it just seems to make it more vivid and lovely which is great. Friends often think the fabric is velvet because it’s so soft but it’s actually not. I did consider it but as it’s the most used sofa I went for something else. There are literally hundreds ( actually probably thousands )  of patterns and plains with different feels to choose from. So a really suitable one for a busy family with pets stood out.

Sofa Workshop Colours Inspiration

I haven’t even got round to the Broadwick yet. Again teal, but with a cut velvet and metallic sheen. The aim was to add some animal print but I felt with the distinctive rug that it might end up being too much in browns and golds ! So a great compromise was this Matthew Williamson Cheetah Print find. I was half expecting Sofa Workshop to say they couldn’t use it but they came back with an immediate yes. Nothing too much trouble.

Layering a room with various textures and textiles not only makes it more interesting, it also can make it feel more lived and comfy. Which is what you want usually for a living room.

Teal Sofa Matthew Williamson Cheetah Print pattern contrast velvet

It’s a bit of a nostalgic reason that I chose the Broadwick. The vintage and classic style shape and bolster cushions really reminded me of my amazing Grandma. She loved this type of design and so therefore it felt really right to have it. I hope we can keep this one in the family and that the girls will remember it fondly or even have it themselves when they’re grown up.

Teal Sofa Workshop living room inspiration colours bright fun Sofa Workshop Broadwixk Cheetah Print Matthew Williamson

It is a seat for two as putting in another longer sofa would’ve been too cumbersome. We can easily walk around it to put on some vinyl It’s nice to recline in to and I do love a snooze in it every now and then. Of course, quite often it ends up with piles of dry washing on, but hey, isn’t it the same in every home ? Sandy unfortunately for him, isn’t allowed on here but he has own one so fair’s fair.

teal blue sofa living room colour inspiration for the home

When I studied colour psychology I worked out that I am a ‘ Spring type ‘ because I do tend to opt for lighter shades although you could also say an ‘Autumn type ‘ as there are definitely sentimental touches too. That is probably a post for another time to share with you.

I’d love to know your favourite colour and style ? Is it something that you’ve down in to or have always loved ? It’s fascinating as an interior designer to hear what makes people tick in their living spaces.

While I have you her reading, I just also want to say the most massive thank you to Sofa Workshop for joining forces with Design Havens for Heroes with whom I am also supporting and working with as an Ambassador and Interior Designer. We will be making over NHS staffs’ homes who have been working on the frontline over the last and coming few months. Sofa Workshop jumped at the opportunity at helping us out and we are all very grateful.

Sofa Workshop Review of our Eden and Broadwick Additions

Eden Teal Sofa Workshop Review It’s quite a bit deal choosing a new sofa. Well, it is to me for sure. It’s a really long term commitment in terms of colour, size and not to mention long term comfiness. So I thought it might be a good idea to offer you a review of our new Eden and Broadwick sofas from Sofa Workshop.

When Mae was teeny tiny we invested in our first set from Sofa Workshop after much deliberation. Oh boy, I have loved them.

Over the years they’ve endured smalls kids clambering all over them, friends’ last minute late night sleeps after dinner parties, regular film sit ins where we have all bundled cosily on with our duvets … you name it. Also, they have changed colour, starting out as purple and then being recovered by Sofa Workshop in to a lovely Designers Guild pink.

Although I’m extremely sentimental when it comes to such things, we’ve reached a new phase in life where we needed a new look all together but the same standard because, without wanting to sound cheesy, I have learnt to trust the quality and workmanship of the company. So, it has been the perfect opportunity to work with Sofa Workshop and review two new sofas for our home. I’ve waited a month or so to talk about them so that we could properly try them out and be as true as possible with our thoughts.

Books sofa cosy living room

I didn’t know until speaking with Sofa Workshop also that they work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation meaning that if you want to pass on your current sofa to a charity when receiving new ones, then it’s really easy to arrange and it gets collected. We did this and it’s nice to know that some benefit will come of it.

We now have the Sofa Workshop Eden four seater which is covered in ‘ Vogue, Teal ‘ or as some friends have described it as a peacock blue ? It is an extremely soft and tactile fabric that you might mistake as a velvet as it looks and feels so soft. The legs make the sofa higher off the ground than our last ones. I chose the Eden because of my mid century taste and wanted something with good back support and generous in size to lounge around on. Because we were downsizing the other sofa, it needed to be pretty long to make up for space – it’s 244 cm which is perfect.

`eden Sofa in Vogue Teal

The legs are solid wood in walnut stain and tapered. A practical point here but easy to hoover underneath which can’t be a bad thing. The back cushions are are a blend of feather and fibre and the seat is foam. I’ve tried to think of anything I can say that is a constructive criticism of this sofa but I actually can’t. I love it and because the design is timeless I can’t see us ever tiring of it. I believe the Eden is one of their most popular styles and can totally see why.

broadwick Sofa matthew williamson teal broad wick

Now on to our Broadwick. I had some real fun here choosing the fabric. Sofa Workshop literally stock so many different brands along with their own which amounts to thousands of choices. Where do you start ? Well, I have wanted animal print for some time which narrowed it down and so in the end this ‘ Cheetah ‘ print by Matthew Williamson for Osborne and Little in teal was the winner.

Broadwick Sofa matthew williamson broadwick

I clearly want blue to be the predominant colour of this room to go with yellow and grey, as you will have seen by my recent posts. But felt the second sofa needed more texture to it to avoid it being all too much the same and liked the idea of using something that would play with the classic design of the Broadwick style, which incidentally reminds me so much of my childhood and some of my relatives furniture and that’s why I went for it.

The Broadwick is super comfortable and although comes in several sizes, the Snuggler is ideal. The bolster cushions, piping and button detail give a nod to Regency times with a contemporary twist with its shape. The guarantee for the frame is 25 years long which is quite an attractive deal. Although we went for the same leg colour as the Eden, there are others to consider.

Broadwick sofa teal cheetah fabric

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would be as comfortable as the Eden given its rounded look but in fact it is indeed. It’s true to it’s name and very snuggly. We use it more than our old sofa because it’s easier to position. Although it looks super grand it fits in very well in our busy home lifestyle. You know when you have a piece that you know will stay with you ? Well, it’s one of those.

The service we received was good. The guys at Sofa Workshop were helpful and when I had a few questions after delivery, the lady I spoke with was really nice and swift. Customer service is very important I feel, don’t you ?

Broadwick print sofa teal

So there we are, I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe useful ? Do leave me a comment with any questions or just to say hi.

Lucy x

The sofas were a gift from Sofa Workshop. I feel very lucky. All opinions as ever are my own though.