Furniture worth investing in


“People are more concerned about the longevity and durability of items now,” says Beck Simon, a photography stylist for interior and lifestyle shots who has become something of an expert in quality furniture.

According to Simon, although aesthetics have always been a priority for the majority of purchases, durability is now a key criterion. Avoiding the furniture equivalent of fast fashion is crucial – and saves money in the long run. “If you buy well, you should only have to do it once or twice in your life,” says Simon.

With longevity and customization in mind, we asked Simon to share four different types of furniture to outfit your living space.

A versatile sofa
A sectional sofa that allows customization to suit your surroundings is a great place to start, says Simon. “Because it’s modular, it’s suitable for a wide range of different spaces, whether it’s a house or an apartment,” says Simon. She says something like the Kato sofa is ideal, as it allows for multiple seating, chaise and fabric selections. “[Because] everything is customizable, it’s quite versatile.

A trendy chair
Most buyers opt for neutral colors for their sofas. Simon says introducing an individual chair is a great way to bring some color to your space. “You can make it a statement by selecting a bolder color or fabric,” says the stylist. “Something modern and simple would suit most interiors, [but with] the luxury of fabric selection, you can customize it to your preference.

Light and mobile tables
Able to serve as both coffee tables and side tables, side tables offer a simple yet effective way to change the mood of a room. Something like a rounded, minimalist table like the Apero makes an elegant counterpoint to the right angles of a room and a sofa. “They’re glass and have very clean, clean lines,” says Simon. “I like them because they are lightweight and very easy to move around a space.”

Ambient lighting
How many of us judge the appearance of a bar or restaurant simply by the strength of its mood lighting? The same effect applies to the home, where smart placement and soft bulbs can dramatically change the mood. “Lighting will always be a consideration for me in a living space, to create soft, ambient light,” says Simon. She says the sophistication of a signature piece like the Pallino Table Lamp further adds to the mood, becoming both a way to inspire atmosphere as well as conversation.

Clever rugs
As the saying goes, rugs can really tie a room together. Functioning as both a visual center of gravity and a subtle demarcation of a room, rugs can subtly alter an atmosphere, even if most of the time it is unconscious. “The role of a rug in a living space is really important,” says Simon. “I would recommend a neutral, textured rug to anchor a space. It’s also a great way to divide spaces in a large room.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with King.


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