The design of the Chesterfield sofa has been around for over 300 years, yet little is known about the origin of this furniture style. The iconic design of the Chesterfield with its deep buttoned traditional leather scroll arm, low base and high back is still a popular style today. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Chesterfield was used to refer to a couch in 1900. In terms of its origin, many people believe that it was commissioned by 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope. At the time, he wanted a gentleman to be able to sit in a comfortable upright position without wrinkling his clothes. For generations, it was found in luxurious homes, old institutions and government buildings. Today, many people are still using this distinctive timeless piece to add style to their own homes.
To find the perfect Chesterfield Sofa, consider the following:
- Comfort: The traditional vertical back as well as hard seating can be uncomfortable for many people. However, with the ease of customisation, make sure you add heavy seat cushions as well as adjust the height of the leg to suit your comfort. In saying that it’s best to keep the deep tufts and rolled arms as they are, as they are the main features of the Chesterfield. If you are going for a traditional style, then the tuft should be quite narrow.
- Style: For the traditional classic style it is best to choose dark neutrals or colours such as brown, deep blue or pea green. On the other hand, if you want to achieve a more modern feel, then you may need to go for brighter colours such as orange, bright red or light blue. Additionally, to balance out the classic feel of the Chesterfield, you may consider integrating some clean lined artworks or a colourful rug.
- Size: due to its distinctive characteristics, the best position for a Chesterfield is to be placed in the middle of a room. However, if you are working with a small space, take into consideration the size of the chesterfield as well as the location of where it will be placed.
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