Alternatives to the traditional sofa

It may be a classic feature in households, but the sofa has been reinvented. Here are some contemporary alternatives to liven up your living room.

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Large, plump cushions can provide comfort and style without the bulk of a sofa, giving you more freedom with the space. There are endless designs to choose from, with options when it comes to the size, shape and texture to enable you to fully customise your living room while adding space and breathing new life into the surroundings.

When it comes to textiles, you can also consider large carpets for warmth against wooden or laminate flooring, balancing minimalism and modern design with an edge of warmth to make it feel more homely.

Bean bags

The soft, supple nature of bean bags can complement modern decor and white laminate flooring, such as that from, to add a degree of casual chic. Bean bags have gotten a makeover in recent years, with shapes that vary from floppy or rigid squares to puffball, boat-shaped and modular with pointy edges. Consider the textures, from chunky knit and cotton to velvet and leather, and a pattern to suit the mood, whether it’s a solid colour or fashionable geometric detailing.

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Modular sofas

The Flying Carpet is one example of modern architecture reinventing a traditional item with angular lines and soft, sloping curves, leaving the classic sofa unrecognisable yet practical. A modular sofa can be a centrepiece, catching the eye with its creative, inspiring appeal for a distinctive touch.