What Your Sofa Style Says About You

  • 01 of 09

    What Your Sofa Style Says About You

    White living room with shabby chic sofa
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    The way we decorate says a lot about our personalities. When people walk into our homes they often get a pretty good sense of who we are. And perhaps no single item says more about us than the sofa. Not only is it a decorative item, but the sofa style speaks quite a bit to how we use our spaces. 

    Different sofa styles suit different decorating styles, and oftentimes the style of sofa chosen is related to a room's overall decor style. Yet still, the sofa style we choose says quite a bit about who we are. Whether it's a traditional roll arm sofa, an antique settee, or a large Chesterfield, a lot can be gleaned from the sofa you choose for your home.

    So the question is, what does your sofa style say about you?

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  • 02 of 09

    English Roll Arm Sofa

    If you have an English roll arm sofa in your home chances are pretty good that you're a fan of the classic style, but you don't like things to be too formal. This style (also often referred to as a Bridgewater style) has a casual but sophisticated vibe that encourages you to lean back and get comfortable—but you probably wear slacks as opposed to jeans while doing it. This version from Restoration Hardware is a perfect example of this classic style—low arms, comfortable cushions, a feminine silhouette, and traditional turned legs.

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  • 03 of 09

    Tuxedo Sofa

    You like your sofa the same way you like a finely tailored suit. It's classic, sophisticated, and just a little bit dashing. While you may occasionally sit back with a glass of wine or a cocktail, there's certainly no eating meals while sitting on this sofa. Since tuxedo sofas, like the ​Aidan sofa from Crate and Barrel, have high arms and backs they're not suited to lounging (and definitely not napping). They're made for sophisticated get-togethers and scintillating conversation only. If your style leans towards contemporary this could be the sofa for you.

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  • 04 of 09

    Lawson Style Sofa

    On any given weekend morning you can be found lounging on your sofa with the newspaper and a cup of coffee. By afternoon it's likely transitioned to a great book and a glass of wine. But you're still relaxing on that sofa. That's because Lawson style is great for casual lounging. In this style, the arms (whether round or linear) are shorter than the back (but not as low as an English roll arm) making them ideal for resting your elbows on. They're even great for napping as long as you add a pillow for your head. The EKTOROP sofa from IKEA is one of the most reliable and affordable lawson style sofas on the market.

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  • 05 of 09

    Sectional Sofa

    Yours is the house where everybody comes to hang out. Movie night? It's at your house. Family get-togethers? Your house. Board game night? You got it—your house. You love having friends and family come over and they love it just as much. Chances are pretty good that you've got a big coffee table right in front of that sectional and people are welcome to put their feet up. You like people to be relaxed and comfortable and a sectional sofa like the Loukianos sectional from Wayfair is the perfect way to do it.

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  • 06 of 09


    Much like the tuxedo sofa, Chesterfields have a perfectly vertical back, and arms that reach just as high, so you didn't get this couch for lounging. But you probably did get it in order to make a statement—particularly if you opted for a bold color like the teal Dakota sofa from Barrymore Furniture. Chesterfields, with their elegant button tufting and hefty silhouettes, are hallmarks of Victorian design. If you have one of these design icons in your home you're probably a lover of antiques and appreciate how to take old styles and apply them to today's interiors. 

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  • 07 of 09

    Knole Sofa

    Knole sofas aren't as popular in today's interiors as they once were, so if you've got one it probably means you have a real appreciation for fine art and antiques. They are grand, distinct, and very formal. Traditionally Knole sofas had arms that actually folded down. When vertical they were held together by corded ties that attached to finials. These days it's rare to see these traditional features instead, many current models merely mimic the look. The Sagging Ridge sofa from Lee Industries is a great example of how this classic style has been updated for modern times.

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  • 08 of 09

    Camelback Sofa

    You love your home and still believe that living rooms should be formal. You have a deep appreciation for finely crafted furniture, and you insist that it be respected. In your house the living room is reserved for special occasions—tv watching and casual get-togethers take place in other rooms. If you've chosen a particularly elegant style such as the Audrey sofa from Ethan Allen there's a very good chance you own a string of pearls and possibly even wear them while vacuuming. June Cleaver would be proud.

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  • 09 of 09

    Slipper Sofa

    Slipper sofas are a bit of a contradiction—and so are you! They're comfortable and great for casual get-togethers, yet the lack of arms means they're not ideal for serious lounging or napping. You want people to come over and enjoy themselves, but not get so comfortable that they're inclined to stay all night. This masculine leather version from Black Rooster Decor is a gorgeous example of how you can combine a simple, no-frills style and make it warm, comfortable, and inviting.