The Cabriole sofa style is characterized by an exposed wooden frame (often carved), and slightly lower arms than the back. Other features include continuous lines and no back cushions; in the example above, though, the designer opted to add some, and we really like the result.
Accent pillows are a beautiful way to add a statement without saying a thing. For dark colored couches and sumptuous fabrics, consider the less-is-more approach and pick a few dramatic pillows with a bold pattern, subtle details, or an eye-popping complimentary color to the couch. If you’re looking for a wow factor, pair up colors that are opposite of each other to draw the eye to the couch immediately.
The camelback sofa style is attributed to London cabinetmaker and furniture designer Thomas Chippendale, whose name strongly influenced the English decor scene in the late 18th century. A true camelback sofa has an arched back that rises to a higher point in the middle, and again slightly at the ends.
Dating to the 18th century, the Chesterfield sofa has an interesting story behind it. The fourth Earl of Chesterfield, England, is said to have been the first to commission one, specifically requesting a furniture element that would allow a man to sit upright comfortably so his suit would not wrinkle.
Other features include rolled or square arms, upholstery, exposed legs and usually no back cushions. We love how the designers integrated a camelback-inspired sofa in the photo above, giving it an informal, inviting appearance.
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