On last night's episode of Mad Men, Don's new secretary, Dawn, and Peggy shared some beers and office stories on Peggy's floral sofa. Here's hoping that the sofa was comfortable — Dawn had to sleep over on it to avoid riots in her BedStuy neighborhood and deal with an awkward interaction between herself and Peggy before the night was over.Truth be told, I actually love the look of floral sofas, even one as seemingly dated as this one. I know that's not the majority opinion, though — most decorators choose to add their floral splashes in the form of throw pillows, curtains, or artwork. However, if you're a fan, here are a couple of ways you can really make this look work in your home.
Make Your Couch a Chameleon
If you like the idea of embracing a floral pattern on your sofa but aren't sure you can totally make the commitment, there are options. If your couch is from Ikea, the best option is Bemz, a company that makes custom slipcovers for Ikea furniture, with fabrics from Designers Guild, Bantje, and Marimekko, among other designers. You can choose florals ranging from Marimekko's splashy blooms to a more shabby-chic vibe, as seen here.
Go Bold or Go Home
The Amelie Blazing Poppies Sofa from Anthropologie is anything but apologetic for its vibrant bouquet of linen florals. Inspired by a page in a book of vintage wallpaper swatches the Anthropologie buyer found in Montpellier, France, it's the ultimate in ladylike sophistication. This is a sofa for the bold decorator, who knows exactly what she wants. I'd be thrilled to step into a home showcasing such an inspired seating choice — and I'd expect the rest of the owner's home to be just as full of personality and spark.
Flea Market Your Florals, or Raid Your Grandma's Attic
Floral sofas were big in the '60s and '70s, and coastal decorating styles, especially the enthusiastic pattern mixing found in cities such as Miami and Palm Beach, were major hubs for this type of design style. If your grandmother was a thoroughly modern and feminine decorator, see if she's held onto that amazing floral couch and can lend it to you on a semi-permanent basis. Or, head to the flea market or vintage mart to pick up something similar for very little money. The great thing about this era of sofas is that the frames are solid and very well made, so if you tire of the style, you can always send it to the reupholsterer for a face-lift.
Have you decorated with floral sofas or chairs before? Did you tire of the pattern, or are you still in love?
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