Style Profile • The English Roll Arm Sofa

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Designing a room is all about balance, strategically choreographing style, comfort, function, beauty, color, texture and budget. Sofa’s are typically one of the biggest investments made when designing a living room. Superstar interior designer Miles Redd infamously said, “Buy the best and you only cry once”, and when it comes to sofas I couldn’t agree more!

I use English roll arm sofas frequently in my projects. The narrow rolled arms allow for ample seating, traditional style renders a timeless investment, comfortable design makes movie night a frequent occurrence and it melds beautifully with many design aesthetics.

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Here are a few of my favorite options varying in price from Pottery Barn’s affordable Carlise Sofa to George Sherlock’s Extended Two Seater (that costs more than a small car!!!).

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams London // Crate and Barrel Essex Sofa
Pottery Barn Carlisle Sofa // Restoration Hardware English Roll Arm Sofa

I chose the Lee Industries model for our living room (seen here in yesterday’s post).

In addition to design, construction and quality make sure to consider:

Fabric – Choose a fabric that is realistic for your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets (or a husband who eats nachos on the sofa – ahem, Billy!) light colors are probably not your best bet. I love using cotton/linen blends or velvet for durability – fabrics more than 15,000 double rubs are considered heavy duty.

Seat Cushions – Most sofas have at least two seat cushion options to choose from, typically being foam core or a down fill combo. This is a really personal decision based on what’s most comfortable for you. I prefer a 50% foam 50% down mix. Keep in mind down filled cushions require a bit more “fluffing maintenance” and have a more relaxed aesthetic.

Reupholstery – Look at what you already have. Is it comfortable? Do you like the style and shape? If so consider slipcovering the sofa, or having the seat cushions refilled and reupholstering it. Vintage sofas are a great option for reupholstery as well!

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