At Fishpools, we’re proud to stock a stunning sofa collection by iconic designer Orla Kiely. Every Orla Kiely sofa serves up sleek style and optimal comfort, and showcases high-quality upholstery teamed with bold, signature prints.
The Linden, Mimosa and Ivy sofas in the Orla Kiely furniture range are made from sustainably sourced wood, come in a range of fabric types and styles, and have customisable feet. Every sofa style also comes with customisable, 100% white duck-feather scatter cushions as standard. Creating the perfect designer sofa has never been this enjoyable!
In this blog, we shine a light on one of Ireland’s best-loved designers and share hints and tips to help you chose the right Orla Kiely sofa for your home.
Getting to Know Orla Kiely
Orla Kiely designs are truly iconic: bold prints, high-quality materials and instantly recognisable use of colour have attracted a huge following for the Irish-born, London-based designer. She first designed hats, handbags and clothing after graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin back in 1982, before launching a much-loved homeware and furniture brand in recent years.
Her striking fashion designs have attracted famous trend-setters such as Alexa Chung and Scarlett Johansson, propelling Kiely onto the global fashion stage. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the business and fashion industry, as well as four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards, marking her international appeal. Her iconic designs have been used in collaboration with international brands, from fashion retailer Uniqlo to Thailand-based brand Jaspal.
Lovers of her retro-inspired furniture and homeware creations can shop her collection online and in-store at Fishpools.
How to Style your 70s-Inspired Sofa
Orla Kiely’s vintage-style sofas are the ideal way to inject style and substance into your home. But before you start customising your dream sofa design, there are a few things to consider in order to achieve an on-trend look:
When looking to buy a new sofa, think carefully about where it will live. Is it going in a small room or an open-plan space? Avoid cluttering small spaces with oversized pieces and opt for a mix of larger and more compact pieces for open-plan rooms to create a cosy feel.
The small but perfectly formed Ivy snuggler sofa with buttons on the back and seat covers is an ideal solution for smaller spaces, while the Mimosa sofa’s generously sized seats and bolster arm cushions work well in larger rooms.
Inspired by elegantly styled vintage sofas, the button detailing and conical legs on the Linden sofa creates a refined and resolutely stylish look for modest-sized living areas. And consider some accessories – the Conway footstool is an ideal way to add a touch of understated style to your living room.
Before choosing the colour of your retro sofa, consider the existing colour palette in your room and opt for shades that complement each other. Picking colours from a consistent palette will help create harmony in your home.
Teaming plain-coloured Orla Kiely furniture with patterned cushions is a clever way to subtly introduce new colours into your room – just remember to maintain harmony with your chosen colour scheme.
Plain-coloured sofas combined with patterned scatter cushions work particularly well in smaller spaces, where less is more when creating a spacious feel. The Orla Kiely floral print sofas, such as the Linden chair in Linear Stem Dandelion Gold Orla Kiely fabric, can be used to create a cosy, eye-catching nook in larger rooms teamed with more substantial pieces.
When looking to create a retro-style feel in your home, be careful not to overdo the theme. We recommend opting for a statement retro piece and introducing contrasting styles into the room, such as antique or modern pieces via carefully selected light fittings or artwork.
Infusing various style influences into your space will ensure the spotlight stays firmly on your retro-inspired Orla Kiely sofa!
With so many wonderful Orla Kiely print and pattern choices available, make sure you opt for the best styles for your home with our handy tips! Head to our website and explore the full range of options on offer in the collection.