Simplicity Sofas Talks Spring!
Let’s brighten up our spaces for spring and summer!
In our April newsletter we talked about adding slipcovers, changing out your throw pillows, curtains and area rugs to brighten up our space. Here are a few more ideas that can make a difference.
Have a fireplace? Clean it out and put a vase with flowers or candles in it.
Put away the fireplace tools and wood carriers and add plants, flowers or even candles to brighten that dark space.
You can add a colorful fireplace screen, you can purchase one or make one out of old interior window shutters or window. You can just paint it white or if you’re crafty paint some flowers or plants on it.
Pinterest has lots of DIY ideas on these.
Bring in some cut flowers or even branches, put them in a vase and you have a fresh spring look.
Rearrange the furniture and swap pieces from other rooms.
Swap out your picture frames for a white, cream or natural color. If you don’t want to swap out the frames, change out the picture mat. Rearrange your bookshelves.
A little spring cleaning and maybe freshen up the paint and you have a new room, ready for spring and summer!
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February 2014 Blog
Need to remodel your RV? Simplicity Sofas has the answer!
New pull-out sofa beds for Small & Tight Spaces
They will fit through your RV door!!
Christy (shown with a full mattress)
Timothy (shown with a queen mattress)
I remodeled our 1999 Jayco in two weekends. The original colors were cream with blues and burgundy. I started by purchasing a new sofa (a sofa that fit through my RV door and was an easy install)!
Before After (New Sofa)!
Twillo Stone with Twillo Bluestone Welt
Once I put in the new sofa I decided to recover the cornices and make new curtains.
You can see the original ones in the Before picture above.
New covered cornices and curtains
The cornice fabric has cream, brown and a touch of the blue
Next I recovered the bench seats in the same fabric as the cornices. (I actually had someone else cover the bench seats because I hate working with zippers)!
(The bumper parts were covered in a brown fabric with specs of beige and blue)
As you can see, the difference is like night and day!
The bedroom area was next!
I purchased a beige maltase coverlet, brown sham and made the little throw pillow out of
left over fabric from the cornices and curtains. The cornices in the bedroom are a different
pattern than the main area, I didn’t want them all to be the same. The bedroom cornice fabric has the same colors as the main area so it all works well together well.
I removed the accordian shower door, it just made it seem like I had less interior shower space and replaced it with a shower curtain. The shower curtain has the same colors as the rest of the camper and just made it useable as well as look much better. Put in a brown rug in front
of the sink and a hand towel in brown and blue. I also hung a basket over the toliet to store extra toilet tissue and hand towels.
The kitchen cornice was recovered in a solid brown fabric with specs of beige and blue (same as the bumper areas on the bench seats). I decided not to hand curtains in that kitchen window. I added some cute dish towels and area rug in front of the sink as well as in front of the sofa. That was it!
The next project is to remove the rug from the main living area and replace it with a nice
wood type vinyl. (This is something my husband is NOT looking forward to) I will most likely leave the rug on the slide out and in the bedroom area.
With a little imagination and some time you can update your RV TOO!
Redesigning your small space
Now that the holidays are over and all the decorations are put away it’s time to redesign your space. It could be as simple as just rearranging your furniture.
Stand back and take a good look at the room, does it have a focal point? That could be a fireplace, wall of windows or an entertainment wall.
You want to arrange the furniture so that you’re facing that focal point.
You want that to be the first thing people notice when they enter the room. You also want to arrange the sofa(s) and chairs so that it draws you into the room.
Arranging the furniture as a conversation area as above makes it for a more comfortable feel, no one wants to feel they’re sitting across the room from you.
Don’t forget about your walls
How about an accent color on one wall or part of a wall?
You can change the look of your sofa and chairs with slipcovers (Simplicity Sofas has custom fitted slipcovers for all of our pieces) or change out your throw pillows and area rug. Throw pillows are inexpensive and can make a big impact.
Pops of color
Using bright splashes of color is a popular decorating trend year-round, but it becomes even more fun when spring colors are at your fingertips. Bowls of bright, fake fruit and vases of artificial spring flowers can be placed in key locations for exciting flashes of color. Or, if you’re willing to shell out a little extra cash for a real spring feel, consider getting decorative lamps, curtains and mirrors in bold hues. Baby blues and pastel greens are sure to be trendy this season, so consider starting there and see where your decorating creativity takes you!
Decorative pillows are always fun to play around with when redecorating. This season, banish the drabness of winter by covering your couches/sofas with slipcovers and beds in colorful pastels. Spice things up with glittery cushions and pops of embroidery. Don’t be afraid to consider floral or fruity prints — they are sure to brighten up all your living spaces.
Designer Color Pallets
blue, yellow, pink + green gray, blues + pink
Exciting & confident Soothing with a punch
ivory, blue + gray blend of blues
Tranquility Calming ocean waves
Give your sofa a quick inexpensive spring look with a custom fitted slipcover!
Custom-fitted Slipcovers: Fabric included
Full/Mid/Apartment Size Sofas $399-Loveseats $349-Chair ½ $299-Chair $249
Ottomans $199 – available for Sectionals too!
Don’t be afraid of color. Yes, white makes a room look bigger, but so does dark brown glossy paint (etc.) when paired with the right color furnishings.
Color can open up your space so go ahead and experiment with color (not to worry, if you don’t like it just repaint it)! Like to change things up on a regular basis? Go with a neutral color fabric on your sofa, paint the sofa wall with a pop of color and the other walls in neutral. Add and an area rug with your colors and pull the whole room together with throw pillows in one or two colors from your rug. Add some art work to the neutral walls and a few accessories in one or two colors from the area rug and watch the room come alive and pop. When you’re ready to change again just add a slipcover and change out the throw pillows and accessories and you’ll have a whole new look.
Neutral with greens & beige from colors in rug Symmetrical pattern with accents of blue
taken from the rug
Neutrals with pops of color
Why is it important to purchase fabric swatches? Fabric swatches allow you to touch and feel the fabric and compare colors you’re considering for your home.
They are also helpful to bring with you to the paint store or when shopping for the finishing touches and additional decorations.
Since colors and textures vary, having a swatch of the fabrics you like is a great tool to put your pieces together. This way you can see how the fabrics work together. There are lots of fabric choices out there today, from natural fabric like cotton to man-made fabric such as rayon, which is why we offer so many selections here at Simplicity Sofas.
Another thing to remember is the fabric should compliment the style of the furniture and add to its character. You will also want to be aware of the room size as you don’t want to choose an overwhelming pattern for a small space. Make sure the fabric fits the mood of the room too – is it warm or cool? Don’t choose a fabric just for its color alone, be sure to use something fitting for the room and atmosphere. Always remember you must love the fabric. Since you are spending time and money on your upholstered piece, make sure you find fabric you will enjoy for many years to come.
You can order up to 8 free swatches, which will allow you to touch and feel the fabric and help you to visualize the swatches in your home.
Brand new this year are 8 new Robert Allen fabrics that we’re very excited about. View the collection here.