This post about styling your sofa and lounge room is in collaboration with Koala.
I’m no stylist, but I love colour and fun and getting a new sofa gave me the opportunity to spruce up the lounge room and make it reflect our fun side! When I was looking for a new sofa, I wanted to have a neutral-ish colour, so I chose a Koala sofa in brushtail grey. In fact, we got 2 three seaters and an ottoman.
That’s where the fun starts! Many years ago when we lived in London, I had an amazing brightly coloured rug that I loved. But then our flat got flooded and we didn’t replace it as we were moving back. 15 years on, I’ve bought my bright happy rug again.
We have bamboo floors and a big lounge room. So, colour really works. I love to make things bright and happy. Behind my sofa (actually on the stairwell) is a fabulous art work that I bought from a local artist a few years back. You can find her current artworks for sale here on bluethumb. I love the yellow in it, so I’ve tried to use that as inspiration.
My massive fiddle leaf fig (yes it’s real) helps with the colour in the room. I obviously love indoor plants, but this one might just be my favourite. Pops of yellow, and gold with my pots on the window sill help to tie the whole thing in together.
I’ve actually got different cushions on each lounge, because I don’t think the spot ones work directly under the artwork, but they help on the other side of the room to tie in the gold pots. Also it means the kids always know what cushions should be on which couch, when they’ve been using the for fort building or to jump across the lava filled lounge room floor.
Realistically, this lounge room is the centre of our home, and the place where everything happens. I work from the sofa, the kids read on the sofa, the dogs lie next to the sofa, we watch tv on the sofa, so, making sure everything is low maintenance and easy to care for is really important. Cushions need to be machine washable- because trust me- yellow quickly turns to mustard when you have kids!
I’ve only got one little yellow pot on the side table, but I think that’s enough…or will be until I can find some more. It’s really easy to decorate with indoor plants, I’ve even used some of the kids stools from when they were little as plant stands to keep them off the ground.
Styling the Koala sofa is a dream, the colour virtually matches with anything, and the three seater fits loads of cushions. I have a grey throw rug for each couch, perfect for chilly evenings. Also all the zippers on the sofa are colour matched to the sofa so they are virtually invisible.
Doesn’t the finished room look awesome?
If you want to find out more about my Koala sofas, have a read of this post that will tell you all about why we chose to get Koala sofas.