Modern furniture is all too often decorative rather than functional or comfortable. Hence the plastic chairs that get more points for being recycled than something you can comfortably sit on all day. That’s why you need to pick the right modern furniture, items that combine smart design with comfort. Here are a few tips on what to look for.
Ease into Ergonomic Chairs
While you may have first used an ergonomic chair in the office, you may want to bring this furniture trend home. It could take the form of a multi-functional ergonomic chair that supports you whether you’re sitting at a desk or leaning back while gaming. These chairs should be comfortable given your dimensions and weight. Note that the furniture may not be thickly padded much less plush. Furniture can be plush and fail to support your back.
Upgrade to Sectional Sofas
Sectional sofas tend to be one piece. While classic styles exist with large, curved arms, most have a flat side arm or are open on the ends. This maximizes seating and minimizes the couch’s profile. The best sectional sofas are part of modular sets, so that you can make it work with one or two large seats and create a flexible configuration.
Use Back to Basic Designs
We’re seeing a return of back designs. For example, almost nothing is ornate anymore. It is increasingly as simple as possible. Think natural wood shelves, though they may be pressured treated or otherwise heated to deter mold and pests. If it is stained, it is a mild stain that shows the grain instead of something that paints over the natural wood patterns. The trend is also seen in bare wire shelves and storage units or open wood frame shelves with wicker storage baskets inside of them.
Get Statement Vases
Statement vases are a cool compromise between statement artwork and practical items. And they are incredibly versatile. It could be a bright yellow vase in a room full of grey, beige and cream furniture. Or it could be a silver mirrored vase in a mostly black and white room. Alternatively, it could be the only ornate item in the room, whether it has gold filigree or bright red Chinese characters on it. It could even be an antique. You probably don’t care for your mother’s china or silver-plated tea-set, but her old vase could find a home in yours.
Utilize Luxury Fabrics Where Appropriate
Luxury rugs are next to useless, given how hard they are to clean and how easily they’re damaged. Luxury fabrics on furniture present the same problems, though they may be even easier to stain. One solution is buying stain-resistant versions of velvet and lambskin. However, owning such upholstery and then covering it with plastic is not going to work, since that is downright uncomfortable. So what can you do? Put velvet pillows on the chairs or a fur (or faux fur) throw on the sofa. You’ve added a fashion statement, and you’ve probably made it more comfortable. As an added benefit, it gives you more design flexibility than reupholstering the whole couch when people decide the material is problematic.