If you are living with a less than ideal couch or just want a change, a new slipcover and/or pillows is a surefire way to improve the look of things. This article from Marie Claire Maison demonstrates how well-chosen and coordinated fabrics can transform your furniture and living space.
Marie Claire Maison creates three looks with Habitat's Chester sofa. Of course it helps when you are starting with a beautiful backdrop and a high quality sofa, but the ideas apply to any living room and couch. Try Etsy and other online or brick and mortar retailers for affordable fabric, or you can even use drop cloths and blankets as slipcovers.
Translated, the text describes how the respective styled couches show a combination of colors and patterns (but in a unified palette), a single color with assorted small patterns, and lots of pattern but little color. While mixing patterns can be tricky, the lesson to take away from these images is to stick to one, two, or very complementary colors and then play with scale. Together a solid, a small motif, and a larger print can do the trick. To read more, try this helpful how-to from Decor8.
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Images by Mark Eden Schooley for Marie Claire Maison