A living room is not complete without functional seating. And if you’re lucky, you may have one that’s both beautiful and comfortable. Unless of course you’re opting for a more formal seating where your guests can sit upright and behave like ladies and gentlemen. In the world of sofas, there’s a wide array — from settees to sectionals, chaise lounges to sofa beds but here are 7 notable styles. You may have seen them all over, now you’ll know what their style is all about.
1. The Chesterfield Sofa
If there is one iconic sofa, it would be the Chesterfield — with history dating back to the 1600’s; this sofa is the seating of choice by the elite and well-to-do. Gentlemen in distinctive suits with their hats and bowlers on & women all glammed up while sipping on English teas and nibbling on biscuits. The Chesterfield sofa has an unmistakable look & feel — it has quilted, tufted or buttoned-up upholstery, the seat is low and the arms are rounded.
2. The English or Club Sofa
Like the club chair, the Club or English sofa is all about lounging, that’s why everything is rounded — round arms and a rolled back for sink-in comfort . English sofas usually have low, turned legs on casters and no skirt. They also have tight backs and loose seats; it’s quintessential seating that’s both classic and timeless.
3. The Bridgewater Sofa
This elegant and traditional seating may look like the English sofa but do not be deceived, this one’s a little more dainty with usually a skirt covering its legs. Like the English sofa, it has rounded arms and rolled arms.
4. The Lawson Sofa
The back cushions are detached from its frame, that’s the signature of The Lawson. It’s undeniably casual & classic at the same time.
5. The Cabriole Sofa
Oohhh la la! With a back reminiscent of 18th-century Louis XV style, this sofa curves into the arms in a continuous line. The ends even curves inwards almost like a cloak. Usually, the top trim of the back and arms and the legs are wooden. But new styles may have them without the wood trim.
6. The Mid-Century Modern Sofa
To say that Mid-Century Modern is “trendy” is an understatement. This design popular from 1993 to 1965 is now more than ever the choice of Generations X, Y and Z (Let’s thank the baby boomers though for glorious mid-century furniture that abounds today). So, what makes a piece mid-century modern? Look for it’s simplicity, clean lines and the organic feel.
7. Tuxedo Sofa
When you’re all about black tie and suits then the Tuxedo sofa is for you. It has clean lines and a back and arms that are the same height. It’s for the prim and proper and the formal. Yet do not be turned away by all the formality if you are the laid back type, just throw in a couple of throw pillows and this sofa can be just as cozy for you.
Although there is a wide array of sofas around, their silhouettes are derived from one of these styles. Some is a better fit with specific kinds of spaces; Bridgewaters & Lawsons are great for spaces meant for comfort like family rooms, Chesterfields are great for the home office and Cabrioles and Tuxedos for more formal spaces.
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