I like an interiors challenge.  I enjoy spending hours hunting down the perfect pieces to suit our home and on budget too.  However, when it comes to finding the perfect sofa for our new kitchen/living space…I am rather stumped.

I’ve been loosely keeping an eye open since before Christmas and hoping that our perfect sofa match would even be in the Sales, but no such luck.

So what is it that we are looking for that makes this challenge so difficult…


Our home style is quite modern, with a smidge of industrial about it.  I don’t want to go too ‘out there’ with a statement sofa.  I’ve been there before and it was rather costly to rectify (think brown and green together circa 2009).

Finding the perfect sofa

I’m looking for a sofa with ground clearance.  I want to keep the open plan space flowing freely and by choosing a sofa that you can see under, it creates the feeling of space.

I also want something with a modern edge, straight lines but welcoming at the end of a long day.


Finding the perfect sofa

Our new sofa needs to be forgiving of everyday life.  It will be in the hub of the home and likely to have little arms and legs all over it.  It needs to be dark in colour to hide any spillages and marks and easy to keep clean.


As a sofa I want to curl up on at the end of a long day, it needs to be comfortable.  Not fibre filled…I don’t want to spend my spare time keeping it in shape. But I don’t want to feel like I’m sitting on an office chair either.

Finding the perfect sofa

Are we simply asking too much from our next sofa?  If this was a house, would Kirsty Allsop be yelling at me to compromise?

We have shortlisted a few, but as they are all online, it makes trying out the comfort rating somewhat difficult.  I’ll need to research returns policy!

Grey Sofa Ideas

1. Tivoli Sofa Blush– Swoon Editions £599  | 2. Mendini Sofa – Made.com £699 | 3. Lissom Sofa – Rume £2590 | 4. Rufus Sofa – Made.com £599 | 5. Tivoli Sofa Shadow Grey Wool – Swoon Editions £699 | 6. Powis Sofa – Rume £2590

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  1. I love the mustard coloured one! I can’t wait until we move house so we can get a new (and bigger!) sofa.

  2. I think these sofa’s are lovely and I would love to have something like this in my house. Unfortunately it wouldn’t last 5 minutes before it was destroyed by my brood. thats why I am waiting until I have got the last one out of nappies and then I will looking into buying a new sofa.
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  3. I am having this current dilemma too, I do not like a feathered sofa, we actually have very similar taste, but I have a minimal budget, have you looked at Asda, they have some lovely ones in their new catalogue xx
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  4. We bought a new sofa last year and paid to have it coated to avoid stains. Turns out no amount of coating can prevent a toddler ruining a brand new sofa! We won’t be buying a new one until the kids are grown up! Love your choices though, although I’d have to cover them with lots of cushions to snuggle on! x
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  5. I love #4! I’m really into the mid-century modern look and am determined I’ll have a nice sofa and gorgeous front room when Marianna’s a bit older. For now it looks like a constant toy explosion and we have a cast off sofa from Anthony’s grandparents. It’s lovely quality, don’t get me wrong, but not at all the style I’d choose myself! x #HomeEtc
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  6. Great picks, very stylish but not so much that they would date in a year or two. We need new sofas but our budget won’t stretch atm so we’re making do for now. In an ideal world ours would be totally stain, mud and fur resistant with a high back. We can dream! #homeetc

  7. Great tips as ever and I think I’ve fallen in love with the pink sofa! It’s such a gorgeous colour but as gender neutral as I am I don’t think this house full of boys would appreciate it (even my cats are boys!!)

  8. Love all the choices and have indeed also done a post on sofas as I too am on the hunt! The pink one is lovely – I’d have them all too! Very modern and stylish. Thanks for linking up – much appreciated. Jess xx

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  10. OHMYGOODNESS!!! NUMBER FOUR!!!! Love it. A little bit of yellow and I’ve totally had my head turned!!! 😉 Love these gorgeous picks — although my fave sofa company os The Sofa Workshop. They won for me, hands down. Expensive but beautifully crafted — we’ve had 4 over the years. Our first one was 9ft long!! I LOVED IT! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up! #HomeEtc is live from 6am tomorrow — I hope you’ll be able to join us! xx
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