Home Décor Ideas: Match your sofa to your house style

Your home and everything in it is an extension of your personal style just like what you wear. We like to think our range of contemporary to classic sofas will suit everyone’s style, but how about the style of your property? While not necessarily an interior rule, we do think that certain designs can look better in some types of properties over others. Here’s our list of preferred shapes and styles for when you want to match your sofa to your house style.

Period Property

If you’re lucky enough to live in a period property, whether that be Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian (or otherwise), your home will likely be full of original architectural features such as ornate high ceilings, large bay windows, fireplaces and beautiful ceiling roses. You will want to complement these features with a sofa that has detailed scroll arms and turned wooden legs such as our Holmes or Poirot from the House & Garden Collection. Button-backed sofas with pulled detailing such as Darcy are ideal, and those with deep seats and larger proportions will suit the size of the room. If elegant is more your style, then our Morse sofa design is based on a typical Georgian settee, perfect for period properties.

Modern House

We love modern architecture just as much as the old. With the clean lines, strong geometric shapes, or occasional elegant curves, modern or contemporary design homes are light, airy and stylish. To match the clean, sharp, angular lines, we think a smart, sophisticated box-shaped sofa works perfectly. Our Dixon is a contemporary, sleek design with square angles and shiny chrome ski-style metal legs. For a slightly softer look, but still an overwhelmingly contemporary design, our Crawford modular sofa is ideal for vast expanses of space, often associated with open-plan living in modern homes. You can add as many filler pieces to the Crawford as you like, allowing you to build the shape that best suits your home. Alternatively, if you find these sleek designs too harsh, then our soft, cloud-like Harriet will work equally well in a contemporary home.


Beautiful Bungalows are known for having longer rooms; so while you don’t have the height, you will likely have plenty of space on a single floor. We think our elegant, high-backed sofas like Johnston and Matilda are ideal for a bungalow home. They have slightly shallower proportions, but the high back cushions offer extra support and comfort.

Country Cottage

Who doesn’t adore a quaint country cottage? Brimming with charm and character, a cottage has plenty of traditional design features like wooden beams, brickwork and log burners that should all be displayed with pride. Emanating traditional quality and comfort, we think our Hartfield and Helena sofas would make the ideal choice for a country cottage home. With extra plump, soft cushions, rounded and pleated arms and castor legs, they both have that classic shape that will suit a beautiful style cottage living room. If you’re concerned about castors on your floor, opt for the Cartwright which offers that classic shape without the metal wheels. Alternatively, if you prefer softer, slouchier styles, our smart Jackson sofa is plump and perfect draped in natural materials like linen and cotton, which will highlight the natural wood and brickwork in your cottage.

1960s Style Semi and Detached House

A popular house style, the sixties were also a popular decade for furniture design. We love a good retro revival at Arlo & Jacob and think our iconic George and Elton would be a fabulous addition to a home built in the sixties. Reflecting some of the architectural curves of the period, they both offer a striking and elegant silhouette, but are also supremely comfortable, making them ideal for a family home.

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