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Interior Design & You: Discovering Your Personal Style

Welcome to Interior Design & You, a virtual design seminar led by Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style. In this series, you’ll learn some of the basics of interior design, as well as how to personalize your own home. Watch session two, How to Identify Your Personal Style, below—or scroll through the post for a recap!

Interior design is deeply personal. That’s because it involves the spaces in which we live. And we all want our homes (where we’re now spending more time than ever before) to be a reflection of ourselves. At Modsy, we love helping people discover their personal interior design style. But so many people don’t even know where to start when it comes to identifying or talking about their own interior design style.

So, if you’re wondering “How do I know what design style I like??” we’re here to help. In fact, that’s what today’s seminar is all about. Of course, we’d be remiss to not mention our style quiz, which is an easy way to help you hone in on your preferred interior design style, especially when giving our online interior design services a spin. But, beyond that, we have some other tips to share today on how to think about your personal style!

Getting Started

When we talk about style, we might use terms that are very stylistically (and industry) driven—terms like Mid-Century Modern, Minimalism, Boho, or Rustic. But all of these styles are really just a mix of some basic elements. We created a scale (which you can see above) that helps illustrate the five basic spectrums on which all interior design styles live. These spectrums are empty to full, old to new, formal to casual, organic to fabricated, and safe to adventurous. We’ll define each of these spectrums below!

But before that, a couple grounding thoughts to get us started…

We’re All Eclectic By Nature

In terms of interior design styles, most of us don’t fall squarely into one style category. Rather, we all tend to have a slightly eclectic mix of interests. We all have so many different inputs and sources of inspiration in our lives when it comes to style—from our parents or grandparents’ styles, pop culture, places you’ve travelled, along with all the beautiful images you see on Instagram and Pinterest. All of those things influence what you are attracted to and what you love. So, we want to show you how to merge it all into one space.

Style Is Super Personal

As we mentioned earlier, style is super personal. What you love is what you love—and that’s the most important thing. An interior designer can help you unearth what you’re naturally drawn to, but at Modsy we believe what’s most important is that you have a space that you love and that reflects who you are. That’s what drives what we do every day! Through today’s seminar, we hope you not only start to pinpoint your personal style, but learn to be daring and accepting of it!

Now, let’s dive into these basic elements and spectrums of interior design, explore how they come to life in a space, and help you figure out your own personal style.

how do i know what design style i like

Empty vs. Full

Empty or full? No, we’re not talking about hunger here. In interior design, empty or full spaces refer to how much stuff is in a room, whether physical objects or visual stimuli.

how do i know what design style i like

Empty: When referring to an emptier space, you might hear design terms like minimal, contemporary, and modern.

Full: If you lean more toward a style that feels full, with more objects, colors, and patterns, words that describe these spaces might be eclectic, bohemian, maximalism.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, like we said, these two elements are a spectrum. So, most styles will live somewhere on the spectrum rather than being completely empty or entirely full. Some of these style combinations that blend empty and full are contemporary eclectic, like the room shown above, and minimalist maximalist.

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Old vs. New

On the spectrum of old versus new, you might be someone who wants everything to be vintage or antique. (We’re talking to all the Emily Gilmore’s out there!) On the other end of the spectrum are those who only want to fill their homes with new objects—to go to a store and buy everything off the shelf. But there’s a lot of in between here; you don’t have to choose just one extreme. In fact, a mix of old and new gives a lot of depth and a sense of story to your space.

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Old: As we think of different style terminology that might align with the old side, you might think classic, formal, or American traditional.

New: On the new end, you might lean toward contemporary, modern, or mid-century modern.

Somewhere in the Middle: Some great examples of styles that meet in the middle are Victorian Farmhouse or even an “old meets new” style that combines one statement antique piece paired with furniture that has modern and minimal lines for added drama and higher contrast. (Want to learn a little more about decorating with antiques? Check out episode 2 of our podcast!)

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Formal vs. Casual

It’s probably pretty easy to visualize formal and casual spaces. Formal spaces are those where everything is pulled together and not a pillow is out of place. There’s probably a lot of symmetry going on, with pieces designed for more formal entertaining. Meanwhile, a casual space is where you can kick back and lounge. Rooms with casual style tend to feel more welcoming and inviting and less precious and stiff.

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Formal: Design styles that lean more formal are those like classic, Hollywood glam, and traditional.

Casual: Styles that lean more casual are eclectic, bohemian, rustic, and mid-century modern—styles that are all about livability.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, of course, there are always styles that are happy mediums. This includes styles like Traditional Comfort and Bohemian Glam.

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Organic vs. Fabricated

You might be wondering how the terms organic and fabricated fit into the world of interior design. But in this realm, organic refers to the materials, shapes, and forms of furniture and decor. These are pieces that take inspiration from the natural world—whether in their materials or shapes, which are often evocative of nature. Fabricated pieces, on the other hand, are clearly designed. Their shape, form, or style have a clear guiding hand; you look at them and know that a craftsman or artisan created them.

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Organic: Styles that fit into the organic realm are eclectic, rustic, farmhouse, and coastal.

Fabricated: Styles that align with fabricated pieces are industrial, modern, and minimal.

Somewhere in the Middle: Combined, you’ll find styles like Mid-Century Minimal and Bohemian Glam.

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Safe vs. Adventurous

On the spectrum of safe to adventurous, you might not want to define yourself as safe—but In interior design, safe definitely doesn’t mean boring! It simply means it’s a design style that feels less bold and trend-forward, with pieces that lean more traditional and have a more neutral color palette. Adventurous designs, on the other hand, are more wild. They layer more colors, bold materials, and sculptural elements. People who lean toward adventurous designs indulge in trends and tend to change out pieces every few years to keep up with those trends.

how do i know what design style i likeSafe: On the safe side are design styles like contemporary, transitional, modern, and rustic (proof that safe can absolutely be stylish and beautiful).

Adventurous: If you want to go big and bold with color, pattern, and form, you probably lean toward eclectic, bohemian, and Hollywood glam.

Somewhere in the Middle: Styles like California Modern and Comfortably Chic do a beautiful job of mixing safe and adventurous design elements.

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Putting it into Action

These are our five scales that we’re thinking about as we help you understand and think about your own style—and elements we take into consideration in your room designs. We hope they give you a good framework to think about your own personal style. And remember—you don’t have to stick with just one style. You may do different styles in different spaces within your home, or gravitate toward different styles at different times in your life. We contain multitudes—so there’s no need to limit yourself.

Now, you’ll be set to explore some interior design ideas to visualize these design elements in action. And if you’re curious to learn a little more about interior design styles, be sure to check out episode one of The Render, Modsy’s very own podcast, where we unpack how to discover your interior design style and what your style says about you

So, where do you fall on these spectrums? What styles do you resonate with most? We’d love to hear! And don’t forget to check out session 1 and session 3 of Interior Design & You!

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15 Stylish Ways to Decorate With Leather in Any Room

We love incorporating leather elements into our furniture and decor. Why? Decorating with leather adds character, quality, and warmth to your space—not to mention it’s a beautiful natural material that brings in lovely texture and a rich color tone. And each leather piece is so unique. In terms of texture, leather furniture can be super glossy and smooth, highly textured, or matte and rustic—and just about anything in between. And there’s so much variance in leather color and tones, as well. Natural leathers range from light to dark, but you can also find leather in colors like black, white, and navy. Whatever the finish, a leather accent adds warmth or sophistication to a room because of the organic nature of the material.

We also love how durable leather is. When properly taken care of, a leather piece will last a very long time—and it ages beautifully, developing a natural patina that only gets better as time wears on. Small scuffs and scratches will develop over time, and the leather will likely wear down in certain spots. These “signs of aging” are called a patina, and it’s actually great if you love a weathered look or rustic decor ideas! This brings texture and depth to your space—and it’s great for homes with kids and pets! Any new scuffs or scratches will blend right in, and pet hair doesn’t cling to leather, so it’s easy to clean in that regard.

Leather also goes with almost all styles, so even if your style changes over time, it’s likely that a leather piece can flow with a new style. Leather furniture and accents go especially well with rustic, traditional, minimal, mid-century modern, eclectic, boho, and even contemporary styles. It’s all about how the leather is used, as well as the tone and patina of the piece. And if you aren’t comfortable with real leather, there are a ton of beautiful faux leather furniture options out there!

Curious how to incorporate leather design ideas into your home? Keep reading for 15 ways to decorate with leather, no matter your style!

1. Leather Sofa

A leather sofa is a great way to make a stylish statement in your living room. Since a sofa is the focus of your living room, opting for one in leather will make the material really pop and help to define the space. Leather sofas have a distinct look and will have a different feel from upholstered options, as they’re more slippery and are cool to the touch.

Leather furniture comes in a variety of colors. Brown leather sofas, in a saddle or tobacco finish, are the most popular. But you can also find them in white, black grey, and even some dyed colors like blue, green, or red! Leather sofas are generally more expensive than upholstered ones, but they’re a quality option that will last for years!

Check out our guide to sofa materials to learn more about which is right for you!

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2. Leather Ottoman

A leather ottoman is a great way to decorate with leather and add a statement piece in your space. Ottomans are durable pieces of furniture and make a great coffee table alternative for homes with kids and a soft place to rest your feet. Though they’re not easy to repair if they get damaged, like all high-quality leather, a leather ottoman will develop a patina over time. So, minor scuffs, scratches, and spills will only add to the storied look of a piece like this.

Leather ottomans come in a variety of colors, but we’re partial to a more natural brown leather finish, which will be the most versatile. Stylistically, they can go with a variety of sofas and chairs, so you don’t have to worry about matching a leather ottoman to your sofa. Instead, you can use the ottoman to create contrast and anchor the room.

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3. Leather Armchair

A leather armchair is a statement piece of furniture and will add tons of style to your space. No matter the shape, a leather armchair is timeless. The soft material means a leather chair will be comfortable, and as a material it can go with a variety of interior design styles. If you take care of it, it’s a piece that will last for a very long time, and even look more beautiful years down the road due to the patina it will develop. Leather chairs look great with pillows in a variety of different textures and colors. So, find something that makes the leather pop and have fun accenting your leather chair!

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4. Woven Leather Accent Chair

If you want to make even more of a statement than a leather armchair, try a woven leather accent chair. It’s a very high-style piece that will add a modern, trendy look to your space. A woven leather chair brings in texture through the weaving pattern, so it doesn’t need much to accent it. It’s a sculptural piece within itself! Woven leather chairs often lean very mid-century modern or rustic, but they can also go great with boho and eclectic styles! Over time, woven leather chairs will wear out and stretch (the seat bottom may bowl where people sit). But this is simply part of the chair’s character!

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5. Leather Bench

A leather bench is a simple but impactful piece to add to your home. Since only the cushion is leather (and generally accented by metal or wooden legs) it’s a great way to dabble in decorating with leather. Leather benches are also durable (more so than a fabric upholstered bench) and can span many styles—so they are a versatile piece to buy.

And you can use them anywhere in your house—from a bench at the end of your bed or in your entryway to a coffee table alternative or extra dining room seating! You’ll want to consider the tone depending on where in your home you want to use it, so that it matches or contrasts with other elements in the room where you’re using the bench. If you want something extra unique, choose leather with stitching or ribbing, or look for a bench with cool legs!

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6. Leather Dining Chairs

Leather dining chairs are a great way to bring a different texture into your dining room. They take a little while to break in, but they’ll get softer and more comfortable over time. The two most popular colors of leather dining chairs are black and saddle leathers.

Learn more about our favorite dining chair materials.

You can create a bold and stylish look with black leather dining chairs. Black leather is dramatic and bold, and will often give a masculine, edgy vibe to a space. Bonus: it’s also great at hiding spills and scuffs—making it a great option for households with pets and kids.

Saddle leather is a beautiful, rich, and warm tone of leather that is very trendy. It works across many styles, from rustic to modern, which makes saddle leather dining chairs versatile and great pieces to invest in.

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7. Leather Desk Chair

A leather desk chair is a stylish addition to a home office. It adds texture and visual warmth to your space, making it a great accent piece while also being timeless and durable. They’re long-lasting investment pieces that will definitely prove their money’s worth over time. And the softness of leather upholstery will make long work hours much more comfortable. Leather comes in many colors and dyes, and leather office chairs come in a wide range of styles, so there’s likely a match for any style of office.

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8. Leather Magazine Rack

A leather magazine rack is a simple way to add leather texture into a space. It adds a rich pop of natural color, along with an organic feel while being a very practical piece. Leather magazine racks make great compliments to other leather pieces of the same tone within your space—but they can also stand alone as a simple accent of leather in a room. With use, the leather will wear and patina, but it’s durable and will last a long while adding a stylish accent to your space.

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9. Leather Stools

Foldable leather stools are a practical touch for a bedroom—or anywhere you want a small leather seat! Many leather stools, like the ones pictured above, have x-shaped iron legs that collapse for easy moving and storage. Leather and metal go hand in hand for a trendy but edgy industrial look. The leather seats on stools tend to be extra soft but will stand the test of time in durability and style. Leather stools go with many styles. Try pairing them with colors that contrast (like blue and black!) to make the leather really pop.

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10. Leather Poufs

Leather poufs are a trendy and practical way to add leather into a space. They’re extremely versatile pieces for any home and can be easily moved and used for different purposes. They make a great simple seating option, can easily act as a comfy footrest, or—in a set of two—can make a toddler-friendly coffee table alternative! They don’t have hard edges or sharp corners and tend to be very durable for kids and pets. Some poufs will be more stiff than others—but even if they start stiff, they’ll get softer and patina over time. And those with a more structured, stiff shape may last longer too. They can come in a variety of colors—from saddle leather to white, black, or even some brighter dyed colors!

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11. Leather-Front Credenza

We love a good unexpected leather accent on furniture. Credenzas are solid pieces that are versatile and practical, so adding a leather front just adds a fun pop of texture. Leather fronting is timeless in style, but needs some care—so be careful not to scratch the leather when cleaning or if you ever move the piece. Leather like this is often much thinner than true leather upholstery. Look for an option with a texturized or patina finish. This will be more durable and will hide any imperfections from scratches or stains.

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12. Leather Counter Stools

Leather counter stools add an edgy touch to a counter or bar table. They have a simple elegance while adding a trendy vibe to your dining space. Stools are sat on a lot and need to be durable—so leather makes the perfect material for them. However, there are a few things to consider. Leather comes in a variety of colors, so you’ll want to make sure to coordinate it with the table and the overall finish of the room. And it will wear over time, and dyes from pants can transfer to the leather, so make sure to be cautious when wearing brand new denim! But leather is pretty easy to clean if you spill food. If your leather counter stools have a glossy or matte finish, you can just wipe up the spill and use leather cleaner to get it back to perfect!

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13. Leather Cowhide Rug

A more unexpected way to incorporate leather? A cowhide rug. They’re irregularly shaped and each one is totally unique and can really make a statement in your space. We love using them on their own, or as an accent rug layered over other rugs, since they’re very thin and won’t add bulk to a layered look. Cowhide rugs are also very durable—they can easily last 20+ years with minimal fading and shedding if you take good care of them. Though, while soft to the touch, they’re pretty hard to clean if your pet or child spills or soils them. Hide rugs come in a variety of tones and sizes, and there are plenty of beautiful faux hide rugs available at lower price points.

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14. Leather Bed Frame or Headboard

Whether it’s a fully upholstered leather bed or simply a leather headboard, leather beds add a cool touch to a bedroom. Leather is very soft but cool to the touch, making it a great material to use in all climates. And leather headboards tend to have some padding under the upholstery, which makes them comfortable for leaning against while reading or watching TV in bed. Leather also adds a unique material and texture to a bedroom while creating a timeless look. It’s a great material for accenting with either wood or metal. And since leather headboards and beds come in so many finishes, styles, shapes, and colors, they’re very versatile in terms of bedroom color palettes and styles!

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15. Leather Pillows

Leather pillows are a simple way to introduce leather into your space. Pillows add just a splash of color and material, so this is perfect for those who just want a touch of leather—whether in a bedroom or living room. Leather pillows are soft to the touch but need broken in. So, while they may feel stiff at first, they’re great investment pieces that will last for many years. They come in a variety of finishes, styles, shapes, and colors—and look great mixed with other fabrics and materials. And, since it’s such a small piece, they can be integrated with many different design styles!

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The Ultimate Guide To Sofa Styles and Which Is Right for You

The sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture in the living room. So it’s important to find the right one for your style and needs. But with so many different types of sofas to choose from, it can be hard to know which is right for you.

Similar to choosing between a sectional or a sofa, deciding on a sofa style comes down to comfort. But it’s also about the shape of the sofa and how it works aesthetically with the rest of your living room decor. For instance, if your living room has more traditional furnishings, a classic camelback sofa might make for a stylish option that blends right into your space versus other sofa styles. Or if your living space has a more modern and industrial vibe, a tuxedo sofa could be the perfect sleek-and-sumptuous piece you need. Either way, the sofa style you pick should play up a feeling of comfort and reflect the overall style of your room.

Already thumbed through all the types of sofas and know what you want? Check out our sofa buying guide to make sure you’re spending wisely before you purchase the piece, especially if you’re buying a sofa online. Otherwise, read on for our roundup of the most common types of sofas and why they might be perfect for your space.

sofa stylesThe Chesterfield

When it comes to sofa styles, the Chesterfield is hard to miss. It’s said to have been designed in the 18th century for “gentlemen to sit upright without wrinkling the garment.” The more modern and boxy tuxedo sofa is derived from the Chesterfield.

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The Perks: Chesterfields are known for their deep seating, high-rolled arms, and quilted or tufted backing, which gives them a sumptuous look and a bold silhouette. They’re typically made of leather, but contemporary takes on the piece also feature it in linen and velvet.

Good To Know: The Chesterfield generally has a large frame and is pretty substantial in size, so make sure you have the floor space to accommodate one.

It’s Perfect For… those who like more traditional types of sofas or something very masculine and timeless in style. The Chesterfield works well in a classic and formal interior, a sleek industrial space, or a pared-down rustic room.

sofa stylesThe Bridgewater Sofa

For a classic sofa that emphasizes major comfort and an elegant form, try the Bridgewater. It has origins in England and was once among the most popular types of sofas. It’s less common in homes now, but it’s still one of the most comfortable options today.

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The Perks: The Bridgewater has a slightly rolled back, low-set and rolled arms, and loose seat cushions that are generously padded, which gives them their signature plump look and plush comfort. They also sometimes come with a tailed skirt that hides their turned legs.

Good To Know: The Bridgewater silhouette is wide and deep, but today they come in an array of colorful upholstery fabrics that make them appear more streamlined and less bulky.

It’s Perfect For… fans of boho and glam style interiors that can use a sofa that combines traditional details with a modern edge. You can’t beat a Bridgewater sofa in a bright fabric mixed with eclectic patterns, colors, and accents in a room.

sofa stylesThe Lawson Sofa

It’s not surprising that the Lawson is one of the most popular types of sofas for family homes. Low to the ground with a boxy silhouette, it first appeared in the early 20th century as a modern and comfortable sofa design that is a derivative of the classic tuxedo sofa.

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The Perks: It’s one of the most versatile types of sofas because it’s easy to find it in many fabrics. The back and seat are comprised of extra-plush pillows that are separate from the frame, which means it’s a sofa designed for soft comfort and support.

Good To Know: Because it’s made up of large, soft pillows that give you a deep, sink-in kind of support., it’s a great sofa if you have kids or want something that’s snug and extra soft.

It’s Perfect For… any style interiors—traditional, modern, rustic—given its functional form and versatile fabric options. It works best in family homes, formal living spaces, and TV rooms.

sofa stylesThe Mid-Century Sofa

Out of all the sofa styles here, you’re likely most familiar with the Mid-Century sofa. Originating in the 1930s, the Mid-Century sofa has been making a strong comeback in recent years given its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines.

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The Perks: There aren’t many types of sofas that give you a tailored, streamlined look quite like the Mid-Century sofa. It usually has a boxy and slender silhouette, tapered legs, and tuft cushion backs that give you firm support. It’s also a sofa you can dress up however you want.

Good To Know: Aesthetics are key to the Mid-Century sofa, and sometimes it comes at the expense of comfort. But if you’re after a stylish and trendy-looking sofa more than anything, this is for you.

It’s Perfect For… modernists, minimalists, and mid-century style lovers across the board. The Mid-Century sofa is ideal in more contemporary interiors that have a rustic or glam touch.

sofa styles The Slipcovered Sofa

If you’re after the types of sofas that are durable and long-lasting, Slipcovered sofas are your best bet. It’s a sofa style that typically comes with a classic frame, rounded arms, and a fitted fabric cover that can be taken on and off for cleaning. It’s all about function and easy care.

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The Perks: No other types of sofas will stand up to wear, stains, and traffic like the Slipcovered sofa. Not only is the slipcover washable, but it’s removable and replaceable so you can change the cover and customize your look as needed.

Good To Know: While the cover is washable and easy-to-clean, it’s prone to get wrinkly. It’s all part of the look, but it’s something to consider if you prefer a tailored looking sofa.

It’s Perfect For… casual and relaxed rooms that aren’t overly decorated or filled with ornate accents. Think beach house living room, airy rustic family room, laid-back boho space. You get the picture.

sofa stylesThe Settee

Essentially a wide chair, the Settee is like a loveseat but much narrower. In terms of sofa styles, it definitely leans traditional and it sometimes comes with a curved frame that recalls a camelback sofa. If you’re after a beautiful traditional perch, you can’t go wrong with a Settee.

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The Perks: Many Settees are cabriole style, which means they feature an exposed wood frame around the edges and have ornately carved legs. These are standout details that are sure to captivate. One way to modernize a Settee is to reupholster on in a colorful or patterned fabric.

Good To Know: Compared to the other types of sofas here, the Settee is always a sophisticated choice but not necessarily the most comfortable choice. It’s designed like a dining chair so it’s not the best for extending seating or lounging.

It’s Perfect For… classic and formal rooms are the Settee’s natural habitat given its Old World appeal. It’s perfect in a foyer or hallway as a seat for putting on or taking off shoes.

sofa stylesThe Sleeper Sofa

The most compact and functional of all the types of couches available, the Sleeper sofa is what we call a workhorse piece. It does double duty as a sofa and bed, so it tops our list as the sofa that does it all.

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The Perks: There aren’t any other types of sofas that offer you and your guests a sleeping solution that’s neatly tucked away under the seat cushions. The beds also range from futons to pullouts, and they’re often surprisingly more comfortable than they look.

Good To Know: Unlike the Mid-Century or the Settee, the Sleeper is all about big function packed into one streamlined piece. That means it’s less about good looks and more about comfort and convenience here. There are chic modern Sleepers, but they’re pretty pricey.

It’s Perfect For… small guest rooms, mixed-used spaces like an office den, or a compact apartment living room. Sleepers are usually pretty contemporary in design, so they’ll fit right in with any transitional or modern interior.

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Sofa Buying Guide: Should You Skimp or Splurge on a New Sofa?

So, you’re on the hunt to buy a new sofa. Congratulations! Depending on how far you’ve gotten in your search for your couch, you might have discovered that shopping for furniture isn’t always simple. In fact, finding the right sofa or couch for your living room design is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime (or at least a few years) of happiness together.

The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more). Not to mention it should be a price that doesn’t break the bank.

All that to say, enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.

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While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much money you should spend on one.

Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?

Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, taking up a new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much to spend on a new sofa.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Sofa

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Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa, especially if you’re not even sure what the average cost of a sofa is. A good place to start is getting familiar with some average price ranges for couches and sofas.

Average Cost of Sofas:

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: We’d consider anything above two grand to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

 

Question 2: How Nomadic are You?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half-decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

 

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Question 3: Are You into Trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time. Depending on what you think of trends, here’s what we’d recommend for your next couch.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year. Instead, consider incorporating that velvet trend into a few pillows.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

 

Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear. Be sure to factor your real and fur babies into the equation when buying a piece of furniture.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain-resistant fabric or with a slipcover that you can easily toss in the wash. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

 

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Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?

Just like your mattress, if you use your couch a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or your living room revolves around TV-viewing, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive and mid-range sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.

 

Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home with our 3D designs.

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