Sofa Styles–Part II

A classic camelback sofa.

The camelback style is associated with the American colonial era and was also popular during the Victoria era.  The original camelback style sofas always had legs, but today some versions are available with skirts.  A camelback sofa with legs looks charming in a Colonial or Victorian style décor, but it can also be a focal point for a more modern décor.  A camelback sofa with a skirt will fit easily into a traditional or contemporary look. Victorian style sofas and settees are variations of the camelback style.

This Victorian style living room suite looks fresh and cheerful with modern fabrics.

The Chesterfield style is similar to the camelback style, but it always has a tufted back and sometimes features a tufted seat as well.  This style originated in England.  It is generally done in leather or faux leather. The new faux leathers are surprisingly soft and supple; they are ideal for many upholstery needs and do not require the same level of care as leather does.

The English or Club style sofa has visible, low carved legs set on castors.  Its somewhat rounded arms are not as deep as the seat. This style sofa fits well with traditional or eclectic décors.

The Cabriole style originated in France.  Its back and seat are the same height and flow together, with arms rounding to the front.  The Cabriole style generally has wooden, turned legs.  This style of sofa looks marvelous in a French Provincial décor or in a colonial décor.  The Cabriole style also looks fabulous in the newly revived Hollywood Regency style.  It is also at home in an eclectic or traditional interior.