Classics are out of fashion, so classic-style furniture does not lose its relevance. The classics are never boring. It can be laconic or artsy, conservative or dynamic, richly decorated or strict. Sofas in a classic style are like that: with all the variety of forms, they combine reliability, functionality, comfort and beauty.
Classical furniture has some features common to all styles:
- Classic furniture is symmetrical. It is characterized by straight lines, regular geometric shapes. This is especially true for antique-style interiors.
- Luxurious models in the proposed style are characterized by the presence of decor (stucco, carvings, inlays), which is typical even for the most concise models. The furniture will complement the refined interior of such classical trends as baroque, rococo or empire.
- For the manufacture of furniture of this type, natural materials are used — wood of valuable tree species, luxurious fabrics for sofa upholstery, which is typical even for such a strict, ascetic style direction as classicism.
- For upholstered classic furniture, restrained colors of the upholstery of the sofa are characteristic: white, gray or brown tones, beige, colors of natural minerals (dark green or blue), burgundy. Retro prints are used for decor: stripes, damask or floral ornaments.
- Classical furniture has a national flavor. For example, there are traditional English, Italian, French and even American classics.
Classic sofas can exactly repeat traditional patterns or represent their ultra-modern styling. Regardless of this, classic models are distinguished by high quality workmanship and expensive materials.
Classic is always the best, including technology. Therefore, ultra-modern furniture of this style direction is equipped with innovative mechanisms, fillers and accessories of the highest quality.
Advantages of sofas in classic style
The following features of classic sofas are their absolute advantages:
- The classic model will decorate any, even the most sophisticated interior, bring an element of luxury, elegance and respectability into it, and can become the center of the composition.
- Such furniture demonstrates the status of the owner.
- Classic products are often made to order, taking into account the anthropometric data of the owner, which makes such furniture even more comfortable.
Since interior items made in this style are of high quality materials, they will last for many years and may eventually become antiques.
The disadvantages include the high cost of such interior items, and expensive materials make their maintenance and restoration no less expensive. Another disadvantage is that the weight of classic models is often large, so they can hardly be called mobile.
Varieties of sofas in a classic style
Features of classic sofas depend on the style direction in which the furniture is made. The “classic” style combines the following areas:
|Empire.||It is characterized by palace pomposity and pretentiousness. Luxurious models of sofas in the Empire style have a bright, colorful upholstery, rich decor. For example, gilding, bronze or brass overlays, complex carvings, etc. Primary colors: silver, ivory, light woods.|
|Neoclassic.||Sofas in this case are light, elegant, outwardly reminiscent of traditional English furniture, but not so bulky.|
|Classicism.||The main feature of the style is straight legs in the form of small columns tapering downwards, with a round or square section, with flutes. Unlike other classic styles, where the legs form a single whole with a wooden frame, here they are a separate element with a cube-shaped joint, decorated with carved rosettes. The backrest and armrests are separate elements that have an independent shape and are straightened. The direction is characterized by conciseness, rigor.|
|Gothic.||This is a strict, refined style, which is characterized by decor with pointed shapes. Gothic sofas are characterized by forged metal legs, decorative gilding, dark (purple, black or red) color of sofa upholstery made of velvet, brocade, satin, tapestry.|
|Baroque.||Models of upholstered furniture made in this style are distinguished by smooth lines, massiveness, refined, but not excessive decor (carving, gilding), practicality, and convenience.|
|Rococo.||The style is characterized by luxurious models of light-colored sofas, richly decorated with carvings, stucco, upholstery patterns, but not as deliberately as in the Empire style.|
|Antiquity.||Upholstered furniture with a carved wooden frame has streamlined shapes, expensive upholstery in bright colors or all shades of white.|
Sizes and shapes
The traditional form of a classic sofa is a rectangular seat, rounded or curved back. It is possible to use curved armrests and legs. It can be traditional sofas or couches with legs made of wrought iron or carved wood, classic models upholstered in genuine leather with straight or curved back and armrests in the shape of a comma.
To design ultra-modern interiors, models of non-traditional shapes are made (for example, a classic corner sofa). With such a non-standard form for this style, the model will be made of natural wood with expensive upholstery and rich decorative trim.
Often corner models have a leather cover and lifting mechanisms for access to the storage system.
Cutting-edge models can be more functional than traditional ones. For example, a classic pull-out sofa can have a traditional look, but be equipped with an innovative mechanism for lifting or unfolding.
In size, the models can resemble wide chairs designed for 1–2 people. There are double, triple and wider sofas. Depending on the style, furniture can be light, airy, or heavy, solid and massive, which is especially true for leather models.
Materials for manufacturing
For the production of classic furniture, which most often belongs to the premium category, expensive natural materials are used. Often these are models with a wooden frame made of solid natural wood: walnut, oak, beech, ash, yew, cherry, birch, etc.
Occasionally, the frame is made of natural plywood or metal. For the design of armrests, backrests, even more valuable ones are often used — red woods (mahogany, teak, campas, rosewood, etc.), black ebony, etc.
For decoration, gilding or silvering, ivory, brass, bronze, tortoiseshell are used, which greatly increases the cost of the finished product.
Often, classic models are decorated with semi-precious stones: agate, amethyst, jasper, quartz, jade, lapis lazuli, amber, or others.
And for filling, innovative technologies and materials are used — blocks with isolated springs, natural foamed latex, less often — holofiber, polyurethane foam.
Upholstery materials for classic sofas
Genuine leather is often used as a covering. For the upholstery of the sofa, natural fabrics are used: velvet, brocade, satin, tapestry and others. Ultra-modern textiles contain a small amount of synthetic fibers that increase its wear resistance, strength, and elasticity.
The refined interior, decorated in a classic style, is characterized by the fact that all room furniture complements each other. Therefore, the sofa should organically fit in style and color into the overall composition. It can be the center of the composition, its main focus, under which the rest of the furniture set and elements of the room decoration are selected.
Classic sofas are made from expensive materials and with exquisite decor. Customization of the finished product is often not possible. Therefore, it is important to accurately determine the parameters of the future acquisition and compare them with the size of the room.
When choosing light models with leather or textile upholstery, it is important to remember the specifics of their care and operating rules. So, a leather sofa is not suitable for relaxing by the fireplace. Its upholstery does not tolerate high temperatures and dry air.
Light silky surfaces are not suitable for families with small children. Such fabrics quickly become greasy, and cleaning will require the help of professionals.
When choosing a classic sofa with a lifting or sliding mechanism, you should not save on quality. In addition, it must be taken into account that furniture with a wooden frame, especially leather covered furniture, is heavy, so the shock absorber power should be maximum.