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4 essential seating trends: Classic, country, city, contemporary

PUBLISHED: 12:40 13 June 2016

Sofa trends

Sofa trends


Whether it’s lounging outside enjoying the sunshine or unwinding along the whole on the sofa at the end of a long day, sitting comfortably is a feeling of luxury. Sarah Hammill discovers how to find the balance of stunning design and ultimate comfort


Classic sofas create a comforting allure to the sitting room, while fitting in with traditional décor. A timeless design will have generous curves and a warm, comfortable feel and can stay in the family for generations to come.

Lynda Keeble, owner of Jayrest, comments: ‘Our Exbury range is still extremely popular after 40 years. Upright with a high back, this range is renowned for being extremely comfortable, while blending seamlessly into the home. Exbury seating is available fully upholstered or in a cover of choice.’

Jayrest Interiors

47 Lady Lane, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 6BQ. 01473 822683.

Jayrest InteriorsJayrest Interiors


An authentic country piece does not need to be drab, it can be a plethera of colour and pattern, to add a playful theme to the living room while adding the epitome of comfort into the home and adding a quirky side to décor.

Louise Allen, buyer at Snape Maltings, explains: ‘We love an interesting country scheme. Mixing classic design with modern styling, the Carnaby and Vivienne chairs in vibrant Liberty Art fabric will inject colour and life into your home and have been very popular.’

Snape Maltings

Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1SR. 01728 688303.

Snape MaltingsSnape Maltings


Plush velvet furniture brings luxurious textures and soft curves to the home – ideal for lounging, with an alluring comfort for guests. Velvet seating offers a simplistic, yet striking furnishing that can provide a modern, fresh feel to your living space.

Tim Clarke, owner of Clarkes Carpets, says: ‘Furnishing your home can be a long, tedious process. Now, with such an exciting range of sofas and seating options available, it can be a job to look forward to. At the moment, the crushed velvet option is really the way to go and can be easy on the budget or as flamboyant as you wish. Also, why not try and spice it up with scatter back options to really add your personality to your suite.’

Clarkes Carpets

311-315 Hornchurch Road, Romford, Essex, RM12 4TQ. 01708 457818.

Clarkes CarpetsClarkes Carpets


Modern furnishings are all about sleek, clean design lines and energetic, yet sophisticated colouring. The main benefits to contemporary seating will be the durability and sturdy pieces that are built to last can be in the home for a lifetime and beyond.

Robert London, director of Hatfields Home Furnishers, comments: ‘The Daytona range is a popular choice with many customers. It is perfect for those who appreciate comfort, quality and fine design in equal measure. This collection is built to last with full seat and back cushions, which provide the ultimate seating experience and is available in a selection of stunning fabrics with coordinating scatter cushions. It is also available as a corner sofa.’

Hatfields Home Furnishers

Peartree Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0LA. 01206 765444.



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