Beware of Trends… Especially When Purchasing a Sofa!
So You Want to Keep Your Plaid Sofa?
I’m working with two clients right now who both have plaid sofas they purchased a few years back and they both want to keep the plaid. They’ve been happy with the pattern and bold colors, and they really don’t want to change. What is amazing is that these sofas were purchased during the time of floral sofas… Remember those? I think most of us have rid ourselves of that trend by now. Floral sofas got tiring really quick because not only was everyone buying them as they were being offered everywhere in the stores, but they were one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the house, and covered with a boldly patterned fabric! Oh the trends that are thrust upon us by the store specials. The floral sofa fad is a great example of a short-lived trend that caused people to spend more money than they originally intended. These short lived trends quickly become outdated and people end up spending the money to replace them sooner rather then later.
Back to plaid… It’s brave and not very practical to put a printed fabric on a sofa, because typically you get tired of the print a lot faster, and it’s more practical to put the print on a chair and the throw pillows. However these clients of mine aren’t tired of their plaid because for one it’s a classic; and two it hasn’t been a widely used trend.
The key here is to beware of trends if you want your purchases to last longer than three or more years.
Addendum, January 2012: I just ran across this photo… Looks pretty cozy!
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