The Best Seat in the House

By Trisha McBride Ferguson with Hooker Furniture

The stylish Eaton sectional from Sam Moore

The stylish Eaton sectional from Sam Moore

Anytime I begin a new project, I start by talking with my client about what I call the ‘ying and yang’ of the space—how they want it to feel and how it needs to function.  The feel of the space describes the vibe they want the room to have, for example: warm, welcoming, relaxed, cool, refined, sophisticated, dramatic, etc. This insight leads to the exploration of color, style and materials…all the fun decorating elements you see on television shows and in magazines.

Hooker’s Windward sofa covered in a honey-colored fabric is a key part of this room’s relaxed, welcoming appeal.

Hooker’s Windward sofa covered in a honey-colored fabric is a key part of this room’s relaxed, welcoming appeal.

The second half of the equation—the room’s functionality—is equally important and often overlooked. How we use our spaces should be addressed long before we begin layering on decorative elements. A workable layout and well-planned furnishings are what distinguish a pretty room from an amazing space.

The Tappan leather sofa from Bradington Young combines the luxury of leather and bold, colorful styling.]

The Tappan leather sofa from Bradington Young combines the luxury of leather and bold, colorful styling.

Whether it’s a DIY project or a professional designer installation, everyone loves a newly redecorated room. It’s months and years later when the success of the project is illustrated by how (and how often) the room is really used. A beautiful room that doesn’t function for its owners eventually loses its charm.

The Rhea from Sam Moore is functional yet beautiful.

The Rhea from Sam Moore is functional yet beautiful.

Seating is one of the first issues I address in a new project. From private spaces to public ones, comfortable furnishings that accommodate working, relaxing and entertaining are a must. When it comes to time, money and resources, there’s no better place to invest than upholstered furniture. And, sofas and club chairs are typically the largest pieces in a room—another reason to prioritize them.

Neutral yet not boring, Hooker’s Ludlow sofa is inviting in a camel-colored upholstery fabric.

Neutral yet not boring, Hooker’s Ludlow sofa is inviting in a camel-colored upholstery fabric.

Shopping for seating should be easy and enjoyable. There are thousands of choices, all customizable by price point, style and degree of customization. Whether you’re a recent grad furnishing your first apartment, a family with small children looking for astylish sectional or an empty nester purchasing your first piece of fine furniture—there’s a sofa designed for your lifestyle.

Bradington Young’s Warner sectional combines the softness of fabric with the stylish detailing of leather.

Bradington Young’s Warner sectional combines the softness of fabric with the stylish detailing of leather.

While picking paint colors and fabrics are the most popular aspects of decorating a room, functionality cannot be overemphasized. The most beautiful rooms are those that function as great as they look.

Our friends at Hooker furniture always have great advice on how to pick out furniture that is both functional and stylish.  For more tips or if you want to pick out a new sofa for your own home, come visit Sacksteder’s Interiors!  We have a great selection of furnishings and can help you design a piece that is just perfect for your space.  Call us at (513) 791-5022 for our Obryonville location or (812) 637-1422 for our New Trenton location.

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