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Large sofa shown in Morris & Co Snakeshead Indigo-Hemp with scatters in Dusky Mustard

Sofa Workshop - Find your perfect footstool

Large sofa shown in Morris & Co Snakeshead Indigo-Hemp with scatters in Dusky Mustard

Your home is your own personal haven. It is where you can express your personality and creativity through colour, texture, and belongings that you have collated over the years. Contemporary and classic styles have for many years divided the opinions of interior experts, but what it really comes down to is individual preference. So let’s explore both and you can make your own mind up.

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Marloe sofa in Duffield Mustard and Marloe snuggler in Morley Cream

Contemporary warmth

Contemporary design doesn’t refer to a specific period – it’s constantly evolving to reflect popular styles of present-day design. It is known to borrow qualities from modernism, minimalism, Art Deco and other global styles without focusing too heavily on any one in particular. When we visualise contemporary design, many tend to imagine sleek, straight lines, stark spaces and white and grey aplenty. However, a contemporary scheme doesn’t have to be so utilitarian – it can also exude warmth, energy and cosiness. Take inspiration from our minimalist scheme above, showcasing our sumptuous yet modern Marloe sofa, finished in Duffield Mustard and contrasting black legs, creates extra space beneath allowing natural light to pass through. Accompanied by the ultra-sleek Marloe snuggler, in a clean Morley Cream, the look is contemporary, yet seamlessly harnesses an inviting warmth.

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Eden sofa in Dusky Cobalt

Contemporary in all its forms

Contemporary design can also entail beautiful, bold colour and this is being embraced more and more in the modern home today. Whether making a statement with a feature wall, a piece of artwork or furniture in a bright hue, colour is known to lift our mood and the mood of the home. We couldn’t be more positive about incorporating something bold like a cobalt blue or a fiery orange into a space that needs a refresh. Our Eden sofa in Dusky Cobalt is streamlined yet elegant in form, exhibiting a classically modern aesthetic that is amplified by a strong colour and a sumptuous fabric such as velvet.

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Browning large sofa in Morris & Co Snakeshead Indigo-Hemp & Aztec large footstool in Dusky Navy

Classically beautiful

Classic (or traditional) style can be interpreted in a multitude of ways, from eccentric patterns and materials to the addition of antiques and opulent accessories. So, what does classic mean to you? It can of course refer to something that has seen a previous life, or perhaps something that heralds from a by-gone era but, most importantly, it is something that is timeless and retains its style. Our Browning sofa combines polished style with all the characteristics of modern comfort – the best of both worlds. Dressed in a striking, yet ageless Morris & Co fabric, which sees a beautiful mix of blues and yellows, gives this sofa style a versatile edge, meaning if the scheme around it is updated over the years, it will keep its strong look.

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Aster sofa, chair and footstool

Classic colour palettes

There’s nothing more classic than a simple, soft colour palette that effortlessly brings a room together. Muted hues such as subtle blues and pinks sit perfectly together and both lighten up a space as well as offering calming qualities. Our Aster collection features simple, yet comfy curves and, when finished in light linens, it really comes into its own. Pictured here in varying understated shades, the space is light, inviting and oh-so homely. Against an original wood flooring and grand doors, this space oozes character and is a brilliant way of achieving a classic look at home in the most simple of ways.

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Walpole large sofa in Coromandel Rose

Two’s company

How about a mix of the two styles? Often, the most charmingly classic fabrics are a match made in heaven when paired with a contemporary piece of furniture. Our Walpole sofa in Coromandel Rose, which is from our renowned collection with the V&A, is a truly exquisite match. Featuring traditional wood legs, slim arms and sumptuous cushions, this piece is incredibly versatile meaning it can quite easily complement a minimalist interior scheme, or something oozing with character. To add a touch more modern to this aesthetic, simply add a side table in a contrasting metal, like gold or bronze, and finish with some clashing coloured cushions.