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What does your sofa say about you?

What does your sofa say about you? Author: Style At Home

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What does your sofa say about you?

Our interior design style can speak volumes about our personalities. A living room full of bright colours and patterns, with pillows strewn about, and lots of comfy seating is the relaxed, fun home of someone who loves to entertain. On the other hand, if the same room had nothing but an ultramodern white sofa and a huge flat-screen TV with no coffee table or creature comfort in sight, that owner probably prefers to relax alone at the end of a workday, without a glass of red wine.

From a design perspective, a fireplace with a mantel or a gorgeous view framed by elegant curtains are usually the focal points of any living room. But consider for a moment where you really live when you’re in this most casual of spaces–on the humble sofa. Whether you curl up with a book or love to sprawl out with the family and watch TV, this piece of furniture is undoubtedly the most essential to this space. And, believe it or not, it says a lot about you and your family. Check out our roundup of 10 covetable sofas and see what they say about their potential owners.

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What does your sofa say about you?

Tufted chesterfield

This grey fabric-covered sofa with deep tufts is inspired by the Victorian era. What it says about you is that you prize elegance. While you embrace some trends, you believe in investing in a forever piece for your living room that can be accessorized with on-trend throw cushions. This is a perch for your friends and your pets, but it’s not your style to laze for hours watching reality TV. 19th C. Chesterfield, Restoration Hardware, from $4,995 USD.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Restoration Hardware Credits: Style at Home

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Velvet Mid-century Modern style sofa

Plush citron cotton velvet and tapered wooden legs give this sofa a distinctive Mid-century Modern vibe. If you love this style you probably like shopping for vintage furnishings and get a thrill from mixing old and new, whether it be in your wardrobe or in your home. You’re not worried about the longevity of a colour, just whether it speaks to you right now and reflects your laid-back style. Rochelle sofa, Crate + Barrel, $2,743.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Crate + Barrel Credits: Style at Home

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Daybed-style modern sofa

This sofa in dark grey Bari fabric is modular, you can unzip and re-arrange the back cushions in a variety of configurations. This is most definitely the sofa of a fit, flexible person who doesn’t slouch or slump and likes to sit cross-legged. You’re tidy but not obsessed with perfect order, and your home is always open to unexpected sleepover guests, which is why you picked this easygoing daybed-style. Modern fusion sofa, BoConcept, from $3,495.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: BoConcept Credits: Style at Home

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Square-arm apartment sofa

With chunky square arms and oversized cushions, this apartment-size sofa manages to be small while making a big impression. Above all, it says one thing: You love to read in your downtime. You use the arms as a table to prop up your hefty crime thrillers and your three-pound fashion magazines, and there’s still space to spare for a little tray and a teacup. You’re also a neat freak and you keep your whites impeccably white. You’re a conscientious shopper and you prefer to buy Canadian-made goods from companies like EQ3. Pekoe Apartment sofa, EQ3, $1,200.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: EQ3 Credits: Style at Home

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Leather sectional with chaise

Burnished brown leather and comfy lines distinguish this transitional-style sofa. If this is the piece you would pick, we’re guessing you have kids or pets (or both) and gathering around the sofa for snacks and movies is one of your favourite pastimes. You don’t have the patience for lots of vacuuming and furniture fabric-care, thus the leather that can be quickly wiped down in a minute. Turner Leather 2-piece sectional, Pottery Bar, $5,741.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Pottery Bar Credits: Style at Home

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Small striped sofa

This “sofette” is all tidy lines and asymmetrical stripes, the perfect eye-catching fit for a small space. What it says about you: You would never want to see the same sofa in five other homes on your street; you’re not afraid to invest in a trend if it speaks to you; and you don’t take furniture (or life) too seriously. Sutton Sofette, West Elm, $739.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

What does your sofa say about you?

Rolled arm slipcover sofa

The Ektorp is one of IKEA’s most iconic sofas. Its rolled arms and variety of slipcovered looks suit interiors from shabby chic to beach house design. This sofa is for families that love to relax in the living room and sink back into deep cushions. More than any other sofa on this list, it says that although you are a low-key person, you need your surroundings to be airy, light and clean. You’re no furniture snob and you love great design at a low price. Ektorp sofa, IKEA, $399.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: IKEA Credits: Style at Home

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Mix-and-match sectional

This funky fabric-covered sectional is actually a pairing of mix-and-match design pieces from the Novogratz collection at CB2. What it says about you is that you’re creative, fun, and you either have kids or you’re really in touch with your inner child. You can’t live without colour and would hate a beige-on-beige living room. You’re spirited and a non-conformist, but you’re successful at your line of work, too. Oh, and you hate wearing shoes or even slippers inside the house. Botao sectional, CB2, from $579 per piece.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: CB2 Credits: Style at Home

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Sofa with simple wooden arms

Great lower-back support, ample seats and gently curved arms speak to the flawless ergonomics of this Spanish-made sofa. If you love this unique style, our bet is that you eschew flashiness and you’re a lover of understated European-style interior but you value comfort just as much. Malena Sofa in Basket Weave, Design Within Reach, $4,208 USD.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Design Within Reach Credits: Style at Home

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Quilted fabric sofa

This compact Canadian sofa with slender arms sits on a stainless-steel base and has an off-the-beaten path diamond pattern that makes it a standout. This sofa belongs in the home of someone who cares about well-designed, responsibly sourced materials (all wood used in the frame is FSC-certified). Its owner, we guess, might be an extrovert who loves cocktail parties and gallery hopping with friends, but also likes to kick back with a beer and watch a hockey game. Gus* Modern Thatcher Sofa, Modern Karibo, $2,150.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Modern Karibou Credits: Style at Home
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