You will probably spend more time on your lounge than anywhere else in your home. It’s probably the only single piece of furniture that EVERYONE in your home will sit on regularly. For this reason, as well as being stylish and looking good, it needs to be comfortable and hardwearing.
When it comes to longevity, you can’t go past leather. Spill proof and wipe clean, it’s great if you have kids. If you go for a classic shape it won’t age or go out of fashion for many years. Some people just don’t like it though. Many of us want to cosy on down into a soft, fabric lounge. If this is the case, make sure you factor in your lifestyle when choosing. If you have young children and naughty dogs who are prone to jumping up, removable, washable covers are the way forward. If you’re fickle and likely to want to change the look of your room every year or so, go for neutrals. If you want something that doesn’t show up every little mark, go for something dark, but bear in mind this can be quite overbearing.
And if you want my personal advice? Don’t pick a huge and dark coloured modular lounge in black or brown unless your space can really take it. They can often look dominating, in a bad way, and take over your room (for some reason they’re what most men gravitate towards though!).