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Sofa Style Ideas For New Home

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..

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 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.

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).

Eclectic Home Nestled In The Hollywood

In Beachwood Canyon, a community in the Hollywood Hills of California, sits a classic California bungalow. The home has great bones featuring exposed wood beams, arched doorways and a fireplace that’s original to the home. It’s these details that Karen and Guy Vidal of Design Vidal got to work with when they took on this design project.


With their love of culture and pattern shining through, Design Vidal featured an eclectic mix of elements from around the globe in the home’s design.

Above the fireplace, sits an array of colorful pieces that add to the room’s vibrant color palette. A collection of vases in yellow, green and blown glass create an artful display. The finishing touch – a colorful little painting displayed against the white stucco.

The credenza is the ultimate statement piece in this home’s hallway. Turned wood legs of the table offer a unique detail. Topped with more collected pieces, including vases and the homeowners’ favorite design books. The color palette of the vignette is captured in the painting that hangs above the table, with rich tones of red and blue that can be spotted throughout the entryway display.

The husband-and-wife team are also the owners of Granada Tile. One of top purveyors of cement tile in the United States, the couple knows how to use tile to accessorize in a space. Their collection of cement tiles can be seen throughout this home. In the kitchen they have installed a stylish wall of cement tiles. The lively color and pattern makes this one kitchen where you’ll want to cook and prepare many family meals in.

Dazzling Farmhouse Style

The key to achieving a classic farmhouse look is all about creating an atmosphere of comfort, and it starts with a warm, neutral color palette. The foundation should be made up of whites, creams, beiges or even light (but warm) greys, then add depth by layering in some natural wood tones. Floors should also ideally be some version of wood – preferably salvaged hardwood. Feel free to use colors you’re fond of as accent pieces (throw pillows, ottomans, window treatments, etc.)

Nothing says farmhouse like a good old fashioned barn door. Barn doors have become very popular over the last few years, and they’re great for several reasons. One is that barn doors can save a ton of floor space. Instead of needing clearance to open a door the way you normally would, it slides along the wall. There still needs to be enough wall space to accommodate it, but it can be a great option for small rooms where every inch of floor space counts.

If you want a hint of farmhouse style without going all the way, consider something simple but impactful such as a harvest table. Harvest tables work in all kinds of interiors because they’re simple and practical. In fact, the definition of harvest table is just a table with four corner legs and skirting – it doesn’t get much simpler than that! To give it that farmhouse vibe look for something made of reclaimed or vintage wood, and look for some turned details in the legs.

When it comes to furniture for farmhouse style rooms, nothing beats big, cozy sofas and chairs – preferably with casual white slipcovers. Since farmhouse style generally takes a no-fuss approach, furniture that is comfortable and easy to wash is ideal.What’s particularly great about slipcovers is that not only are they easy to remove and clean, but you can change them with the seasons and give your room a whole new look if you so choose.