Interior Design Trends: Elements of Comfort
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF COMFORT?
A variety of seating to accommodate the variety of guests’ ‘seats’, fabrics that wear well, feel and look great, and occasional tables placed conveniently next to chairs and sofas.
Too often comfort is sacrificed for looks. There is a way to create an up-to-date look for your home, keeping it warm and welcoming by observing a few simple principles.
People come in different shapes, heights, and ages - comfortable seating should be provided for family and visitors. Be aware of furniture that is too close to the ground, backs too low to be supportive, cushions that are too hard and/or deep, and annoying loose pillow backs. Club chairs, ottomans that can serve as extra seating, arm chairs (fauteuils) and small slipper chairs with fitted cushions that can be moved around as needed can be combined in a striking arrangements without sacrificing comfort.
Exquisite fabrics are available already treated
to repel spills and stains. Upholstery fabricsare labeled with a ‘rub count’ indicating wearability. The higher the rub count, the more resistant to scratches, pulls, holes, and general wear and tear. Outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella and Perennials are extremely durable, and are available in a multitude of colors, patterns, and textures. I often use them inside and out when I want to blur the transition between adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces.
Occasional tables are small, lightweight tables generally placed next to chairs and flank sofas. My favorite occasional tables are nested - wonderful for entertaining. Usually stacked in 3’s, they stay neatly tucked out of the way, easily brought into service for a party. As a rule, tables should be large enough to hold a drink, plate, or book, and high enough to reach comfortably. Although a coffee table is not considered an ‘occasional’ table, switching from a hard surface to a softer ottoman provides the options of extra seating, and a place to put your feet up. If I need to use an ottoman to serve, trays provide a steady surface for drinks and snacks.
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