Holiday Gatherings, Then and Now

Remember having a kids-only campout in the living room the first night you put up the Christmas tree? You’d listen to carols and flip through endless catalogues to make your list for Santa.

You may not want to camp on the floor anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit with family and listen to carols while you admire your tree choice and decorations.

Good thing the big news in today’s living room furniture is the neutral background that allows your décor to take center stage. Choosing furniture is no longer about having the sofa dictate the color palette of the room, it’s about the sofa being able to fit into any color palette of any room. Much more practical! There are tons of accent pieces that go with any neutral and give your room the perfect pop of personality.

You can also dress up a neutral sofa with toss pillows. Some menswear patterns add a masculine touch, while sailboats add a coastal vibe. Or get on-trend with geometric and script patterns. It’s easy to change up when you change your style. If you want that perfect karate-chop look, choose down-filled pillows.

Comfort has always been big news in living rooms. But this year comfort has gone one step further with super-deep seating, almost as wide as a twin bed! Sofas are bigger, softer and comfier, ready for you to plop down and chill out with family and friends. New sectionals offer a pie-shaped cuddler end, perfect to curl up with a book or a special friend.

Remember to choose the style that fits how you sit. Low track arms make it easy to stretch out for a nap. Versatile rolled arms give you an arm rest. Sloped arms and sculpted backs add comfort and look great from any angle.

Last thing to think about are performance fabric choices that deliver easy cleanability and durability. One choice is a versatile double-seater settee with a classic stripe fabric that looks good everywhere.