Whenever you turn on the television theses days or pop down to the cinema, there’s more than the off chance that you’ll spot a Chesterfield sofa somewhere along the line. They are ubiquitous: of that there’s absolutely no doubt. It might be a bit of a cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. If you’v e seen the latest incarnation of George Smiley’s world at the pictures, you can’t have failed to notice the preponderance of traditional Chesterfield sofas lurking in the murky back rooms of Whitehall. Similarly if you watched the TV over the last week, you’ll have seen traditional leather Chesterfield settees in the first episode of the new series of Downton Abbey, as well as several prize specimens tucked away in the ante rooms of Buckingham Palace in Fiona Bruce’s the Royal Palaces series.
It shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise, as most people automatically associate Chesterfield sofas with traditional or institutional environments like these. But the question you should be asking yourself is – are these the only places where Chesterfield sofas can look at home? Should we really limit the use of this classic piece of British craftsmanship to board rooms and Gentlemen’s Clubs? Wouldn’t they look absolutely stunning in contemporary or stark modernist environments? The answer is, of course they would. The beauty of any Chesterfield settee is that it is truly versatile and adaptable. You might mistakenly believe that a minimal, white-walled living space would cry out for modern furniture, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
A sleek, contemporary Chesterfield sofa covered in a bright or boldly patterned fabric can look awesome in such surroundings. You could also introduce a traditional leather Chesterfield sofa into a modern environment to make a dramatic style statement too. The real beauty of interior furnishing is in mixing and matching colours and textures, and juxtaposing the old with the new. Chesterfield sofas have the ability to be the chameleons of the furniture world. They can be whatever you want them to be, where ever you want them to be. Isn’t it worth letting your imagination run wild and really trying something new? Go on, give it a go: you might be more than pleasantly surprised.