The Tale of the Nine-Foot Sofa

The Tale of the Nine-Foot Sofa

Are you taking on a design challenge to update a space AND make it entertainment friendly?  A nine-foot sofa, rich charcoal tones, and metallic accents may prove to be the perfect solution to keep the party going!

From Cozy Traditional to Traditional with a Contemporary Flair

My client’s overall design goal was a modern, dramatic make-over of her traditional formal living room. However, she did not want to give up the comfort of the rich fabrics and upholstery of a more traditional design. With this goal in mind, I chose to use a newly purchased area rug as my inspiration for a color palette and selected fabrics I could use to create the unique space she desired.



The Real Nine-Foot Sofa

Because my client often entertains large groups of family and friends, she asked for a new sofa that would provide comfortable yet stylish seating for guests. So, I designed an amazing sofa to fit her space. Meet the Betty Sofa! This nine-foot, custom-designed sofa from Kravet with Charles of London has one bench cushion with two oversize back cushion-styled pillows that will easily seat several people in total comfort.  With comfort, style, and durability in mind, I chose to cover this amazing sofa with this luxurious charcoal velvet fabric.  Adding the sequined gold, silver and black oversized center pillow and accent pillows, enhances the metallic undertone of this rich charcoal velvet sofa.

Lush upholstered chairs enhance both the comfort and style of this room.  Notice the chair and a half at the left of the sofa.  My client had exactly enough room to add a 48” chair and a half and still keep a good flow coming from the dining room into the formal living room.  So, once again, Kravet was my go-to furniture designer for this additional custom piece that uses the same elegant fabric and design as the sofa.  The two Bassett chairs on the right echo the colors of the sofa, chair and a half, and accent pillows to give this room a fresh modern look that is also comfortable enough for my client to graciously entertain large groups of friends and family.

Thinking Outside the Frame

Our next layer of design focuses on the walls and wall art.  The framed oil painting behind the sofa has been custom-sized.  The original painting was too large, but I loved the artwork and the style with this space, so I had a frame shop cut it to a size to fit the space!  Yes, a new frame was required, but this allowed me to curate the frame as well.

Creating a Little Drama

With a 9’ sofa, not just any lamp will do!  I chose these Harp & Finial 45” tall, stately lamps with elegant black shades and brushed gold bases to draw the eye upward, creating the visual height necessary to balance the length of the sofa.

These dramatic lamps are anchored on black satin-finished Gabby chests set apart by the unique hardware made of Lucite rod handle pulls with brushed brass details. These four-drawer chests are pieces I hand-picked specifically for this space while shopping the Dallas Market in January.

I felt the coffee table needed to also be a statement piece. I combed the markets, showrooms and finally the internet looking for the perfect coffee table.  Because the room has lots of rectangular and square shapes, I felt an oval coffee table would help soften the space.  This Sunpan coffee table, Arya, was one of my favorites, but I had to get the client to approve.  Thank goodness she could see my vision, and just like that, this brushed gold metal table with stone top and second shelf accented this sofa to a tee!

Coverings with Class

The sixth layer in this room, or should I say the layer that makes a bold statement second to the sofa, is the rug.

This transitional rug makes the room romantically cohesive with a combination of creams, taupes, grays, and shades of deep charcoals.  A rug can help make a living room more conversational when the correct size is chosen to allow the furniture to set on with ease.  The size and placement of this rug in this room creates an effortless conversational


A Room with a View

The motorized Pirouette window shades from Hunter Douglas create the seventh layer in this comfortable room. I choose a satin Metallic 5” fold in the color “Frost” to finalize this cozy living room.  This shade is constructed of soft, horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing, which allows soft, gentle light to fill the room while allowing for both optimal views and intimate privacy.  The Invisi-lift ™ enables the soft horizontal fabric vanes to seemingly float on a single sheer backing.  Light and privacy control-vanes can be flattened or contoured for complete privacy or opened any amount for view-through to the outside while blocking up to 81% of harmful UV rays, closed 99%.  This Pirouette shade added the final touch to this modern, comfortable space.

Design Trends

By incorporating current design trends, such as mixing metals, it was possible to give this living room a modern flair without sacrificing the traditional focus this client desired.  Gold and silver sequin accent pillows on a black background incorporated trendy colors of black and gold and complimented the variety of metals to create the modern feel of this room.

Final Thoughts

Creating a room like this doesn’t happen overnight. This was a design that took several months to complete, changes were made, art, lamps and the rug moved to achieve this final look for my client.  Custom designed sofas can take from 6 weeks to 6 months, but to achieve a classic look to last for years to come, it is worth the time.  I am sure my client will feel happy with this timeless space for many, many years.  Classic design never goes out of style.



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