On the runways, it’s all about clothing fashion, but at home, it’s all about furniture fashion! When stepping into a living space, the FIRST thing that tends to grab a visitor’s focus is your, you guessed it, sofa! As human beings we are drawn to a cozy environment as well as a nice aesthetic. Sofas are typically where the eyes wander, so you want to be sure to pick the perfect one to match your home’s style.
With so many sofa choices on the market, it can be overwhelming choosing the perfect one. Just as the interior environment has its own style, so too do sofas have their own style. So, before shopping for your sofa, it is best to become familiar with the different types and the vibe each brings to a room. Also note your lifestyle. Do guests frequent your home? Need a place for them to crash? Or are you interested in a statement piece? Consider your lifestyle before choosing.
Here is a list of 7 different sofa styles and how our fresh take can transform your living space. Inspiration for this blog: HouseBeautiful.com
The Tuxedo sofa is clean lined, with the arms and back of the sofa being the same height, and is designed to impress! A lot like James Bond, it is well-dressed, tailored and very appealing to the eye!
A Chesterfield sofa? Think Hugh Hefner, smoking jacket in a cigar room. This sophisticated sofa that is deep button tufted, arms are usually rolled and the arms and back are the same height. While we do have traditional versions of this style, the Marlborough and the Vapor, we also have a more modern take. Check out our Sabine and Eres sofas. These styles depart from the traditional Chesterfield formula in that the arms are curved and the button tufts are all over the entire frame. As our 8 year-old nephew says, “It’s bumpy and comfy!”
Mid-century style sofa comes right out of Don Draper’s office from the popular television drama, Mad Men. It is clean-lined, rectangular in shape, sometimes details tufted back and seat cushions and floats off the ground on solid, usually thin wood legs. A Mid-Century sofa is a welcomed rebel to the Lawson, Tuxedo and Chesterfield styles, and pairs beautifully with any decor style.
A Lawson sofa is perfect for traditional to contemporary styling. With straight lines and boxy in shape, a Lawson style is a departure from ornate legs, curvy arms and camel backs. It’s timeless and tailored and uncluttered. We have quite a variety of Lawson style sofas to choose from.
If you’ve ever watched “A Place in the Sun”, think of Elizabeth Taylor’s fainting scene, after she hears the news about her lover Montgomery Clift, she drops to the floor. A Chaise sofa aka chaise lounge (pronounced “long”) is what Elizabeth Taylor should have fallen onto (instead of the floor!). Our Minx “fainting couch” was designed just for that type of drama in the room. A chaise is a style with a higher side/back on one side and for single person lounging with legs up. We’ve extended this style into the bumper sofa/chaise category. The bumper is a part of a modular sectional that can stand on its own, or be bumped up against another one-arm sofa. You can see more of our chaise & bumper styles here.
The Daybed is a sofa without a back, or partial back. This is a great addition for guest rooms or master suites. A daybed is a couch by day or a bed by night. If you’re a napper, it’s a bed day and night, lol.
The settee sofa is commonly known as a love seat. Settees are slightly larger than a dining chair with straight backs and tall legs. They can be interchangeably used in dining rooms, kitchens, seating nooks or master suites. It’s just perfect for two!
We hope this helped explain the different sofa options available and how each of them make a different statement to your home. For any questions, please contact us !