Feel Good Home: 10 Pieces of Friendly Furniture for a Relaxed Home
Comfortable? Check. Friendly? Check. These enduring favourites will be loved long after the fashion finds have had their day
Once the classic choice for a gentlemen’s club, and often enhanced with a velvet-covered cushion, leather armchairs have been soothing our cares away for centuries. Find a vintage piece online or source a newly made classic. The leather will wear beautifully, taking on a rich patina and becoming softer with every sit down.
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Tables are large-scale pieces and can dominate a space, but while a strong-lined modern design will often stand out, a wooden farmhouse table will always fit in, looking warm and inviting. Flank it with a mix of design classic chairs in bright colours for a fantastically up-to-date look.
A simple chest of drawers in stripped wood with traditional brass drawer knobs is a friendly addition to any bedroom. Here, it doubles as a bedside table, complete with lamp, candle and fresh flowers.
The chesterfield, with its rounded arms and buttoned upholstery, is a timeless sofa design that puts anyone at their ease. Often covered in leather, a chesterfield can take on a softer, less gentlemen’s club look when upholstered in a pale cotton or rich velvet instead.
Despite its name, this piece of freestanding storage has found popularity throughout the UK, gracing the kitchens of many a farmhouse. In this home, though, it’s obvious how a much-loved dresser can find a place in a more contemporary setting. By painting it a bold shade and sitting it in a neutral modern scheme, it looks right at home.
No evening on the sofa is complete without a sizable footstool on which to rest tired feet. This classic buttoned design gets a contemporary twist, thanks to the rich yellow velvet upholstery.
A traditional iron bed frame manages to look both romantic and comforting at the same time. This style of bed has been soothing us off to sleep for generations and, when finished in white, as here, will not compete with other design elements in the room.
A home to everything from napkins to board games, and with space on top for displaying favourite objects, a sideboard is an indispensable and much-cherished addition to a dining room or living space. While midcentury designs look streamlined and sleek, a vintage version with chunkier lines will have a more friendly feel. Upcycling an old sideboard with a lick of soft grey paint can quickly transform it, turning this hardworking piece into a family heirloom.
What could be more friendly than a double basin, so you can wash hands or clean teeth alongside a family member? Search for a reclaimed marble-topped piece like this, or take inspiration and mount two basins and classic brass taps in an old table for a vintage, friendly feel.
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With its softly rounded ends, underside painted a mellow shade and neat white feet, this traditional roll-top bath looks as warm as the bath water it holds. Find a reclaimed version or check out some of the many new models in this timeless design.
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