Sitting Pretty: 15 Statement-Making Sofas

Forget those neutral (boring!) couches and opt for a bright, graphic centerpiece in your living room. Keep the look sophisticated with simple, elegant accents and accessories.

By Lily Fleishman
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White Stripes

Classic black and white stripes add a graphic punch into a space. The sofa's sleek lines keep the focus on the fabric. Alleegasse Sofa ($6,035 at Switch Modern)

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A Bold Move

You’ll want to sink into the gentle curves and generous comfort of this sophisticated piece. The stark contrast of a typically romantic paisley print gives this option an unexpected edge. Essex Sofa ($1700 at West Elm)

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Retro Renew

This retro sofa was reimagined by Albert Leon Sultan with the help of a whimsical fabric in a lush cobalt blue. Blue and White Whimsical Sofa by Sultan Chic ($6,240 at Vintage & Modern)

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Great Dane

This isn’t your typical mid-century sofa. The richly-striped upholstery, leather piping, and unique crisscross frame of this Danish beauty will add an element of high-design to any space. Kaare Klint 2-Seater Sofa (price upon request at Galerie Half)

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Coral Comforts

Small spaces don't mean you can't have big style. This sleek sofa has a surprisingly small footprint. Plus, it comes in nearly 100 fabric options, meaning you'll find something you're sure to love. We adore the coral hue of this Malbar print. Manchester Apartment Sofa in Malabar Coral (starting at $1,299 at Ballard Designs)

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Flower Power

The lines of this sofa are mid-century-inspired, but it gets a feminine twist thanks to this floral, indigo-hued fabric. Not your style? There are 59 other fabrics to choose from. Temple Sofa in La Garoupe (starting at $6,495 at Ralph Lauren Home)

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Gilded Age

The super-luxe hand screened linen fabric by Hable Construction gives this 19th century-inspired settee a fresh, modern edge that would be perfect for a sun-drenched reading nook. Little Uma (price upon request at Chair Couture)

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Garden Party

Lacking sunlight? While the classic shape and vibrant, floral print will brighten up and transform a tired space instantly. Amelie Sofa in Blazin Poppies ($3,300 at Anthropologie)

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Fly Like a Bird

Brighten up a small space with this sleek yet playful settee. Morrow Settee in Malaga Peacock ($1,895 at Jonathan Adler)

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Link Love

The print on this settee is graphic, but not busy. Play with pattern and try layering unexpected accent colors or a secondary print (just be sure to vary the scale). Mechiche Settee ($3000 at Room Online)

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Hey, Sailor

If you're loving the nautical trend, go big or go home! This wide stripe in a muted red is the perfect piece to center the rest of your decor on. Parker Settee (starting at $950 at Ballard Designs)

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Ikat Cool

When going for a sofa that's big on interest in the fabric, stick with a simple silhouette. Case in point? This Dwell Studio find has a just the slightest curve in the arm, but otherwise is super clean. George Sofa in Batavia Citrine ($2,160 at Dwell Studio)

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Think Pink

Love the look of a patterned couch, but afraid of a look that's too bold? Opt for a larger scaled pattern. It's just as interesting, but is easier on the eye. Apartment Sofa (price upon request at Lee Industries)

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Mellow Yellow

We're big fans of the recently-opened Zinc Door and this chic armless loveseat shows you why. The piece comes in several finishes, but we adore this sunny flower-and-bird pattern. Lake Armless Loveseat ($1,260 at Zinc Door)

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Modern Touch

The exposed wood frame makes this option distinctively modern, yet the tufting and delicately rounded back keeps it feeling elegant. Chester Sofa ($2,998 at Dwell Studio)

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