Pax Ivanna. Sofa. May 22nd , 2017.
Having said all of that, remember that nothing is ever "carved in stone". The bottom line and the deciding factor is what is best for you and is most conducive to your lifestyle and taste in home furnishings.
Finally, a leather sofa is pretty easy to care for. A basic wipe down with warm water is usually enough to clean up any mishaps, and if it needs a general reconditioning, leather conditioner is readily available and is easy to apply.
Most vintage sofas have aged wooden frames, and if you are buying a used one, you must check its sturdiness. Now, sitting on the sofa and getting up is not enough. Regular use demands much more from a vintage sofa, so maybe, you should apply some more weight on it and see. It should be able to withstand use by you, your kids, your guests, and anyone else who wishes to grace it. Check for cracks in joints, make sure it isn't wobbly, and inspect it thoroughly. Also, look at the legs of the sofa. Sometimes, legs don't match because they have been replaced. While the match may be close and not very noticeable, ensure that you factor this detail into the costing of the sofa. Finally, check for tiny holes in the frame, which are indicative of a woodworm infestation. If you spot these, flee!
If you want to experiment with color but are still concerned about its appearance, go for a sofa with a neutral body (such as white, tan, etc.) and opt for colorful seat and back cushions that you can change to whatever color/print you like when you tire of it.
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