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3 sofas for sophisticates: Transform your living room with traditional English elegance

Although minimalistic, contemporary interiors are often seen as ‘more trendy’, there’s no denying the obvious charm of traditional, English elegance. We’ll look at three classic sofa trends, giving tips on how to make them work along with examples of other furnishings and colour palettes that will complement them.
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Trends come and go, but traditional is forever. And for some of us that’s a really good thing because we’re lovers of the classics at heart. We adore timeless styles that never go out of fashion, and luxurious looks that feel fitting no matter how the interior design landscape changes.

For those with refined palates when it comes to design, there’s nothing better than opulent and traditional furnishings. And these classic investment pieces truly stand the test of time, unlike other ‘faddy’ pieces.

And when it comes to finding those traditional, elegant furnishings, where better to look than the distinguished heritage of English design?

Here are three sophisticated sofas for those who simply can’t get enough of perfectly plush and lavishly lovely furnishings. They’re all from the iconic Duresta brand, well known for its luxury sofas and chairs, beautifully handcrafted in England.

Bayswater 4 Seater in Dolce Graphite

The Duresta Prestige Collection: Bayswater 4 Seater in Dolce Graphite

This luxurious sofa is perfect for homes that blend that quintessentially British style with a casually modern edge. Its scatter cushion back gives it a laid-back vibe while the fineupholstery provides an opulent feel, favoured by traditionalists. That’s not to say this sofa is stuck in the past though. Its sleek, angled arms and square, beechwood legs in an understated ebony finish add an understated contemporary edge.

Pair this sofa with crushed velvet accessories, navy and silvery accents, stripped wooden flooring and clean white walls for a look that’s classic but not kitschy.

Other important pairings:

Rug: Something understated but luxurious – a shaggy material in a subtle silvery-grey would work well. No bold patterns or clashing textures please!

Mirror: An ornate statement piece with either no frame (think bevelled edge glass embellished with ornate trimmings) or a silver frame (think painted wood embossed with baroque-style detail).

Lamps: Tall, statement and clean cut. Go for wide block-colour lampshades and mirrored bases as opposed to anything intricate, delicate or fiddly. This will help tie the room’s look together by harmonising the slight contemporary edge of this sofa with its surrounding accessories.

Duresta Chelsea

The Duresta Chelsea Village Collection: 2 Seater in Oscar Damask Silver Birch

If you feel as though a room isn’t truly traditional without an intricate pattern in the mix, this sofa should hit the spot with its satiny, sumptuous fabric in contrasting gold and silver tones. It’s also a little more firmly grounded in ‘proper’ traditional style than the Bayswater due to its elegant scroll arms and classic sofa-cushion back. Solid brass castors finish the look ingorgeous, refined style.

Pair this sofa with daring, contrasting patterns in the form of striped scatter cushions and curtains to layer up on that statement feel.

Other important pairings:

Rug: Something in a dark, sultry shade - think granite, aubergine, taupe or dark grey.

Mirror: Offset the intricate design of this sofa with an understated, no-frills mirror. Something frameless, in a large circular shape could work well above a console table or fireplace, working to break up the space and to stop it looking overbearing.

Lamps: If you’re going for a deliberately ‘maximalist’ feel, now’s the time to get experimental with some quirky lamps to bring the look together. Think dust-pink tasselled shades and ornate bases for a look that’s eccentric but oozes style.

Duresta Mayfair

The Duresta Mayfair Collection: 3 Seater in Althorp/Russet Stone

This bold and eye-catching sofa is the stuff décor-traditionalists’ dreams are made of. The image of high-end luxury, its detailed to the core, from its hardwood frames to its soft duck-feather-filled back cushions. Choose Althorp/Russet Stone upholstery for a patterned look that radiates class and sophistication.

Pair with ebony console and side tables, stacks of decorative coffee table books and interesting artefacts such as vintage globes, polished brass clocks and hammered silver bowls.

Other important pairings:

Rug: We think it’s safe to max out on the traditional and ‘pattern’ theme here with a classic Persian rug. Try to pick one in a faded orange or pink colour scheme to add a splash of colour variation and offset the rich, red tones from the sofa.

Mirror: Layer up on the eclectic feel of the sofa and rug with a striking and unusual mirror, such as this glitzy and glamorous Halo Saturn Mirror.

Lamps: Light up the room with a mixture of sleek, silver floor lamps and more ornate table lamps. Just be sure not to go for anything overly modern or contemporary as it might ruin the harmony of the space.

If you fancy upgrading your living room with unparalleled, traditional English elegance, exploring the gorgeous, hand-crafted world of Duresta furniture could be the perfect place to start. Having made high-end, luxurious upholstery for an impressive eighty years, we’ve got a feeling they know ‘classic’ better than anyone else.

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