FROM OUR EXPERT: "What kind of space are you living in, and how long will you be there? Long-term homeowners can be more specific in their choices. Apartment renters should choose functional pieces that can be reworked in different spaces."
MICHAEL, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM PARAMUS
LOVESEATS + SETTEES
Also known as 2-seaters, loveseats + settees offer comfort and style without overwhelming a room. They're often seen with two individual cushions or one long bench cushion. Pro tip: they can also be used at the foot of a bed.
Perfect for a more traditional living room arrangement, 140-165 cm sofas are still conducive for small spaces, while 165-190.5 cm 鈥 or wider 鈥 sofas can anchor a larger room.
Limited on space but want the benefits of a sectional? Go for a small sectional. Its chaise component provides plenty of comfy seating, ideal for entertaining + family lounging alike.
FROM OUR EXPERT: "If you like to change things up, choosing a neutral sofa is the way to go. It will serve as a blank canvas, allowing you to add a pop of colour, indulge in a trend or even change your room's paint colour without having to re-upholster to accommodate the change."
IDA, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM TORONTO
Find Your Colour
A poppy sofa can be the statement-making focal point of a neutral space or become the central theme of the overall room.
FROM OUR EXPERT: "I love statement legs! They add so much personality to a sofa and airiness to small spaces. The Andes Sectional's cast-metal legs and Brooklyn Sofa's boomerang legs are my favourites."
JIYOUNG, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM LOGAN CIRCLE
Family movie nights? Opt for a style with plush, sink-right-in cushions. Always entertaining? Tight cushions allow for more seating space with a cleaner silhouette. For a completed look, throw in a few plump cushions in complementary hues.
Curved arms complement traditional style, while straight arms give a clean-lined, modern feel. Armless silhouettes can be ideal for small spaces, providing a streamlined choice that doesn't skimp on style.
A sofa with legs can make your room feel lighter and more open. Tapered solid wood legs offer a retro look, borrowing from classic mid-century design. Straight metal legs complement a modern + sleek aesthetic. Low block legs lend a more traditional, comfortable silhouette.