Friday, August 17, 2012

Know your sofa



Do you know your style?  Are you traditional?  Modern?  Shabby Chic?  Personally, I like to mix things up a bit - maybe a traditional sofa with some modern accent pieces.  I've always thought that decorating a room should start with the sofa.  It's the one major piece of the room, and almost always the most expensive.  I usually try to keep my big pieces neutral, and then will add my accent colors with my accessories - paintings, a vase, books, floral arrangements, etc.  So, to begin  . . . . let's get to know our sofas!


This, for instance, is a leather CHESTERFIELD sofa.  It's known to be the more "manly" of the sofas and very traditional in style.  It's known for it's deep buttons and leather upholstery.

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This, on the other hand, is a very feminine sofa, known as the CAMEL BACK.  I'm sure you can figure out why!  They can come in a variety of styles, this one in particular looks more dainty with the legs showing, but other versions will have a more solid base at the bottom or thicker arm rests, making it appear to be a more substantial type of sofa.

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This uncomfortable beauty is known as a KNOLE sofa.  It's known for it's very high back and sides that can usually be adjusted to open outwards, or kept straight up.  There's several modern takes on this sofa, but I can tell you from personal experience - they're ALL uncomfortable.  No one has posture that perfect!

A SMALL KNOLE SOFA
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Here is a very modern take on the CABRIOLE sofa.  It was traditional for the 18th century, Louis XV style, and is known for it's long, continuous, curved line from the back to the arms.  This below is a modern take on the Cabriole.

cabriole sofa in wallpapered room
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The LAWSON sofa has been making a big comeback lately.  You can find it by spotting the low back that is very squared, with arms that are lower than the back.  Mostly, the arms are also squared, but there are versions that have slightly rolled arms.  It really reminds me of 50's Americana. . . . very Mad Men style!

XA6601C sofa 102909
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A BRIDGEWATER style of sofa is another traditional style of sofa that is known for it's low, set-back arms and softly rolled back.  It's usually skirted like this one below, and is often confused with the English style sofa you'll see below.

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The ENGLISH or CLUB style sofa has a rounded back and small arms that are set back from the front of the seat.  You rarely see them with a skirt and they have low legs that are often times placed on castors.

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Ahhhh. . . . the TUXEDO sofa.  I love the look of it, but much like the knole sofa, it's straight lines don't always feel so comfy when I want to lounge and watch a movie!  With the Tuxedo sofa, the arms are as high as the back and it usually has very clean lines but some versions will have a slightly flared arm.

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The infamous SECTIONAL sofa!  Sectionals come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, the only difference between them and other sofas is that they come in more than one piece!  There's some with a chaise at the end like this one below.  Some are U shaped, while others are L.  Some have recliners in them so you can prop your feet up.  Whatever kind of sectional you're looking for, you can find it!

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I LOVE the look of the MID-CENTURY MODERN sofas!  Sadly I've never owned one!  Almost all my sofas have usually been hand-me-downs, and beggars can't be choosers!  Mid-century modern sofas, much like the tuxedo sofas, are known for their clean, straight lines and "low to the ground" look with low, squared arms and legs.  I especially love the look of a neutral mid-century modern sofa like this one below, when it's paired with some really colorful throw pillows!

Spencer sofa
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1 comment:

  1. You have a nice furniture sofa out there. I really love the design in here ..
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