The sofa is not only your living room centerpiece, but it’s also where you sit, relax, and entertain. Therefore, its design matters a lot. You not only need to focus on the style, but also the comfort, ergonomics, and overall functional and decorative value of the sofa that you’re picking for your living room.
Let’s take a look at different types of sofas so that you can pick one that embodies your style the best:
1. Overstuffed Backrest Sofa
A sofa with an overstuffed back is perfect for living rooms that are more inclined towards relaxing and entertainment than hosting. Their backs are very soft, plush, and stuffed with down. The cushions are firm in contrast and the overall sitting experience is certainly an experience in gold star lounging. This sofa type is generally used in apartments or den areas of suburban homes.
2. Stylish Low-Back Sofa
Low back sofas are high in style but a bit low in comfort. That’s because you can’t properly lean on them. But these days, you can also find low back sofas that come with plush, oversized cushions that can be propped up against the backrest when you want to lean on it. This sofa style is high in demand because of its trendy personality. It’s found in sectional as well as 3-seater format, so pick according to your sitting demands and room size.
3. Loveseat Sofa
A cute little loveseat is perfect for furnishing studio and small apartments. The cozy style and plush craftsmanship of these loveseats exudes a lovely, welcoming charm that can be further elevated by choosing the right throw cushions for it. Loveseats also have a vintage appeal but they are also pretty timeless. Their style has certainly evolved over the past few decades, but the essence has remained the same. To make it stand out from the rest, choose a loveseat wrapped in velvet fabric and available in different styles to suit; mid-century, contemporary, tufted backrest and channel button tufted seat.
4. Recliner Style Sofa
If you prioritise comfort and love hosting, then the recliner style sofa is your best bet. Not only is it very stylish and unique, the backrest leans comfortably and reclines backward and the armrests are styled to complement it with plenty of support. Usually, the reclining back rest also raises the foot rest at the same time to offer a complete body support in a reclined position. Some recliners use a lever or button to go from sitting to reclined. More advanced models offer motorised backrest and footrest. The primary function of this sofa is to enhance the comfort of the user without compromising the quality and style. It’s very plush, cozy, and will make the user’s siting experience all the more enchanting.
5. Traditional Rolled Arm Sofa
If you want to emulate a bit of tradition in your living room, then it’s best to opt for a classic rolled arm sofa. This one is also a vintage heritage, although its overall style has evolved over the past few decades. The beauty of the rolled arms is that they feel very homely. These days, this sofa style is also embellished beautifully with studs and beautiful seams and uses traditional turned wooden legs.
6. Corner Sectional Sofa
Corner sectionals are perfect for homes that have an oversized living room where classic two and three seaters are not enough. These are bold, big, and always statement-worthy. A corner sectional is generally larger than a small L-sectional as it’s designed to cover a larger square foot area. These couches come in many designs and styles, so you can pick one that complements your interior design theme and personal style. You can also pick the foot style – be it plinth style, turned legs, etc. and match it with the upholstery of your choice.
7. Tuxedo Style Sofa
The tuxedo style sofa is a contemporary masterpiece. It consists of a streamlined, straight back that seamlessly transitions into armrests of the same height, see above. More often than not, the entire back and armrests are deeply tufted, see below to enhance the overall style of the sofa. Other times, you’ll also see stylish channel quilting running down the back and seats. It’s usually accompanied with a plinth base in chrome finish raised on straight legs. This sofa style is perfect for modern, up-to-the-minute, and highly fashionable living rooms.
8. Mid-Century Style Sofa
The mid-century style is certainly going to go down in books as the most timeless theme. It’s not only stylish, but also has an ageless charisma that never goes out of style. The sofas that emulate this style are streamlined to perfection. They feature clean lines, minimalist details, and beautiful colors. There’s almost always a certain incline to the armrests and legs that has become a defining characteristic of mid-century modern sofas.
9. Contemporary Track Arm Sofa
Track arms are slim, stylish, and look great on a modern sofa. Their sleek aesthetic looks beautiful when paired with a split-seat sofa. Track armed sofas come in many different styles. Some have tufted cushions, some have bolster pillows in their nooks, and some are embellished with various colored throw cushions for that perfect look. It’s all about the overall look and how it comes off when paired with the rest of your furniture.
10. English Rolled Arm Sofa
English rolled arm sofas are different from traditional ones. They have a more delicate aesthetic and are paired with vintage style bodies that feature stylistic backs. Some have tufted backs while others have camel humps. The idea is to find the perfect match of arms and backrest – one that complements the other and pair them with beautiful throws and cushions that complete the whole look.
11. L-shaped Sofa
L-shaped sofas are all the rage these days. They’re smart, stylish, and a super contemporary way to furnish your living rooms. The thing about L-sectionals is that they are more compact than typical corner or U-shaped sectionals. They also come in modular designs where the chaise can be either paired with the left or right side of the sofa. Their aesthetic and style varies and you can easily find designs that complement your interior design theme. Just remember to pick one that complements the dimensions and overall layout of your interior design.
12. Canape Style Sofa
If you’re searching for a stylistic living room sofa option, then look no further than the canapé style. This sofa style features a light curve that is complemented with a similarly raised backrest. It’s ideal for medium sized living rooms and looks best in vibrant colored upholsteries. You can pair this sofa style with simple, square shaped armchairs with a beautiful coffee table in the center to pull the whole look together.
13. Relaxed Silhouette Sofa
Relaxed silhouette sofas are best for living rooms that exude a casual-chic vibe. They’re designed with overstuffed backrests with a “relaxed” outline while the rest of the sofa is crafted in sleek lines and slim arms. This sofa can be paired with stylish foot ottomans and sleek armchairs to contrast its relaxed look. You can also furnish it with fluffy throw cushions to complete the whole look. The overall visuals of this sofa are all about the detailing – the more keenly you accessorize it, the better it’s going to look.
14. Classy and Plush Leather Sofa
Plush leather sofas exude a classic masculine charisma and a rugged appeal. Depending on what type and shade of leather they’ve been upholstered with, such sofas can exude anywhere between a mid-century modern to upscale classical appeal. The modern articulation of a leather sofa is all about effusing the surroundings with a unique personality and character. You can pair them with patterned cushions and fluffy throws if you want to skew the whole vibe towards casual approachability.
15. Posh Chesterfield Sofa
Lastly, we have the dramatic chesterfield. It’s the most iconic sofa design on this list and is usually upholstered in decadent upholsteries like buttery leather or sumptuous velvet. This sofa style comprises of a rolled back that transitions into rolled arms – both of them deeply tufted to perfection. The base is either squat or long turned legs. This sofa is all about the style – it embraces bold traditionalism and is one of the most upscale choices that you can furnish your living rooms with.
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BONUS: Chaise Lounge
The chaise lounge offers comfort for one when he or she is stretched out on it or used as a two-seater in seated position. It is best suited for large rooms where you can have multiple standalone pieces and the chaise lounge would complement this, bringing with it charm and style. Choose between right or left facing unit with a big raised backrest on one side where the armrest typically is and a sloping back rest where typical backrest is.
Inspired by vintage artisan furnitures, modern pieces use a combination of button turfing, fabric in trendy colours, Queen Anne leg style and bolster cushion. A twist to the standard single sided chaise lounge is an uneven sided one shown below. A large unit with sloping backrest, it has a big and small side and is big enough for one to put up their legs and lean on the bigger ‘armrest’.
This is your sofa style guide. It’s as extensive as they come and you’ll definitely find your ideal sofa choice in it. Please do share with us below if you have other ideas or style of sofas that stand out to you.