The living room is the one room that really must do it all. It’s where you relax with family and where you entertain guests. Sometimes it’s where you work, eat, or even sleep (hopefully you have a comfortable sofa). In many ways, it’s the catchall of the house. No wonder it can present such a challenge to design.
Enter Modsy, the online platform where you can upload images of your living room (or any room) and visualize different pieces of furniture and overall layouts from 3D rendered images that look almost exactly like photos – including the sofa, the ‘anchor’ piece of the home. Modsy is a pretty genius tool that lets you try out different design schemes virtually, saving you hours of time—not to mention a sore back and scratched up floor.
We used Modsy to test drive three different Interior Define sofas in one spacious, sunny, and modern living room. Beyond needing to accommodate all the activities of daily living—”it’s really our every room; we watch TV, have coffee and cocktails, and let our kids play and watch movies there,” says the homeowner—this particular living room presented its own unique challenges. For one, the long, narrow floorplan demanded we use scale to our advantage. It was also important to the owners that the the floor-to-ceiling windows that dominate two of the walls not be blocked.
Our Sloan, Owens, and Henry sofas were all candidates for the job. Beyond being three of our most versatile designs, each offers an approachable style comprised of clean lines, minimal detailing, and a profile that’s not too low or too high. Thanks to their combination of high-resilience foam, cotton fiber, and down, all three also embrace loungers, nappers, and, yes, even sleepers with soft, but supportive cushioning.
Ultimately, there could only be one winner, and Henry emerged as the top pick. Henry’s modularity enabled the homeowners to create a custom, corner sectional configuration that provides plenty of seating and suits the room’s narrow dimensions. Inspired by Eero Saarinen’s Miller House, the homeowners wanted a minimal, but warm feel. Their Henry sofa delivers thanks to its low-slung, modern frame and graphite-colored basket weave fabric (try our cross weave for something similar).
“The sofa is beautifully understated and allows us to be bold with our accessories and art work,” says the owner. “It’s perfect for our home.”