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.
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 classic style, but you don’t like things to be too formal. This style (also often referred to as a Bridge water 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.
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 together and scintillating conversation only. If your style leans towards contemporary this could be the sofa for you.
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 Ektorp sofa from Ikea is one of the most reliable and affordable lawson style sofas on the market.
Yours is the house where everybody comes to hang out. Movie night? It’s at your house. Family get together? 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 Hannah Sectional from Way fair is the perfect way to do it.
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 colour like the teal Dakota sofa from Barrymore. 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.
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.