We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. The clean lines and shelter style of a slipcovered sofa or the rich patina of top-grain leather upholstery are elements that help define a space, making it personalized to you. Our well-designed and thoughtfully-curated collection of sofas and living room couches at Lulu and Georgia are perfect for your home, offering both elevated style and individual personality.
The perfect sofa or a comfy couch is central to establishing the look and feel of your home's aesthetic. To help achieve your vision, we have designed and curated a selection that showcases multiple styles, scales, and upholstery options. The versatility of frames, fabrics, and colors lets you decide between timeless and tailored visual appeal or statement sofas for a bolder, more dynamic direction that instantly transforms your living room.
Looking to buy a sofa online but unsure what style best fits your look and home? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out a few tips below on inspiration when browsing and styling tips as you explore our line of statement sofas and cozy lounge couches.
Choosing the Right Sofa For Your Space
Living rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles. You may be working with an open-concept area, a multifunctional small-space room, or a traditional family room for casual hangouts. It can be helpful to start by thinking about how the sofa couch will fit into the flow of the space. Are you looking for a cozy lounging spot to unwind after long days and weekends? Do you want something stylish—like our Nadine Sofa—to pair with an accent chair (or two) and foster conversation around a coffee table? Or is it meant to be placed near a window or lamp to create a relaxing reading nook? With our extensive seating options, you will always have a pleasant seat to offer your guests and one to cozy up in yourself.
Your living room's style and decor revolve around the look of your sofa. Along with its ability to tie the room together, a new couch can add a splash of color and show your creativity with eye-catching forms and fabrics—like a goldenrod velvet sofa or a muted green sofa for seasoned appeal. There are almost endless options when you buy couches online, so start by asking yourself: Where will the piece be situated? Will it be central to your and your family's everyday life, or are they meant for more formal visits? Do you want a roomy sectional sofa, or would you prefer a sleeker chaise or settee couch?
By considering these questions as you shop, you can find a design that creates a seamless focal point for function and style, no matter the space. A couch or sofa is an essential part of your everyday design, so it's worth spending some time weighing options. But first—why the two terms?
Spot the Difference: A Couch and A Sofa
Couch and sofa have become nearly synonymous over the years—and we’ll mostly use them interchangeably here. However, there is a slight historical distinction between the two. Originally a sofa was a specific piece of furniture with a cushioned upholstered bench nestled between two arms. It was designed to seat four or more people comfortably. Meanwhile, a couch was understood to have a narrower bench seat to accommodate reclining and sleeping—traditionally with an armless silhouette.
So, despite these terms merging over the years, their use can still carry slightly different undertones. If you look to buy a sofa online, you will find more transitional pieces for occasional seating in a sitting room or more formal living space. Conversely, if you search for lounge couches as you shop, you may find more designs that emphasize sprawling comfort, ideal for a den or family room. But it's largely a bygone distinction these days.
Sofa Seating Style Guide
Your living room is one of the most trafficked areas in your home. Many people use it to socialize with their families, entertain guests, or relax after a day at work. A comfortable sofa couch needs to be one that can suit your lifestyle and fit seamlessly into your space. Beyond traditional seating, here are a few more alternatives so you can confidently choose the right style for you.
Sectional sofas are multiple pieces of furniture designed to accompany each other. Usually, a sectional features two or more components typically coming together at a 90-degree angle to create an L or U shape. Another type of sectional features a chaise lounge on either the right or left side of the sofa. Yet another couch sectional style is modular, consisting of several interchangeable pieces, like an ottoman, that can be rearranged to adapt to different living room dimensions.
Larger than an accent chair and narrower than a sofa, a loveseat is explicitly designed for two people and has small-space appeal. If you are furnishing a smaller apartment or studio space, a loveseat is ideal for adding to your home. It provides the comfort of a sofa with a compact footprint. A loveseat can also accent or pair with a full-size couch for ample seating in a large lounge.
The allure of a chaise sofa, or chaise lounge, lies in your ability to stretch out on it and relax in both comfort and style. Thoroughly rooted in French decor design, chaises come in two traditional types—the first features an asymmetrical back and headrest, and the second is characterized by symmetrical raised ends that can serve as headrest and footrest. With a pillow-top cushion and bolsters, Elvie Chaise is a striking velvet sofa designed to lounge, read, or curl up all day long.
Like a chaise, a daybed can resemble a sofa couch when backed against a wall and has throw pillows layered on to provide support. Traditionally, daybeds are transitional pieces that function as a comfy couch by day and a bed by night. Their most telling characteristic is a static frame that supports a standard twin-sized mattress.
Sometimes called a settee couch or simply settee, this small-scale, reclining design is defined by its slimmer frame. The pared-down profile accommodates a narrower seat and a back set at a steeper incline. A settee sofa makes for excellent accent seating when lined along the foot of your bed, placed in transitional spaces like entryways and hallways, or pulled up to a dining table as a stand-in for a bench.
Sofa Upholstery Trends We're Loving
When shopping for a couch, you know that fabric plays a critical role in overall comfort and design. We are huge fans of upholstery that layers in tactile and visual appeal as a way to transform your space instantly. As new materials and fabric options have become more accessible, many exciting styles add personality to your room with practical appeal. If you have trouble deciding between different upholstery choices, read on for a few tips.
Perfect for a family with small children or pets, performance fabrics are an easy-care, long-lasting option for your casual seating spaces. Incredibly durable, they are fade resistant from exposure to the sun and withstand water spills, mold, and mildew. Performance fabrics also dry promptly, helping to prevent stains from penetrating the fabric permanently. These durable, easy-care materials are great for styling the on-trend appeal of a white or ivory sofa for everyday use—as with the sleek and modern Estee Sofa.
Bouclé is renowned for its softness, durability, and nubby quality. It gets its name from the French for loop, so-called for the little curls that create its textural touch. A timeless trend, the fabric has recently undergone a resurgence as its cozy appeal has been paired with modern, sculptural forms to create luxe statement sofas.
A favorite for style and comfort, leather upholstery adds cozy warmth to every room. Leather is a premium sofa material, whether your couch is crafted from high-quality top-grain, split-grain, or even suede. Plus, it is an extremely durable material as time only enhances its visual appeal and character if tended to carefully.
Leather couches can be styled to suit many different room design ideas. When arranged in a space with vintage touches and traditional design elements, the patina of a leather sofa highlights the old-world charm of a vintage-inspired room. Leather also shines in a modern space. The deep tones of well-cared-for leather create the perfect focus piece for an artistic room, adding layers of contrast and texture. A leather sofa couch acts as the ideal centerpiece to tie together bold design elements with metallic or colorful nuances.
In general, if you are browsing to buy a couch for everyday use, think functional style—try to select a soft, long-lasting material that can stand up to regular use and is easy to maintain. An upholstered living room sofa with down or foam filling will offer the plush, cozy support you seek. Also, select a style with durable construction, like a hardwood frame with reinforced joints, to enjoy your furniture for years to come.
Curated Designer Sofas
At Lulu and Georgia, we're proud of the company we keep. From up-and-coming makers to celebrated brands, we are excited by the relationships we have cultivated. We've been able to add to our selection with signature styles from storied tastemakers—like the chic pieces from our Ginny Macdonald designer capsule, available now to browse and buy online.
We were ecstatic to convince Ginny Macdonald, the L.A.-based British interior designer, to create an exclusive line of upholstered furniture pieces for us. The result is a capsule of tailored classics and elevated statement piece accent chairs, sofas, and beds. The collection beautifully blends its Victorian house inspiration with the fresh look and feel of a modern California style. Our Coniston Linen Sleeper Sofa offers a beautiful dark green sofa upholstered in premium Belgian linen, showcasing a refined profile that provides extra sleeping space with its pull-out mattress.
If you enjoy hosting on your patio or in your backyard or love gazing up at the stars while lounging outside, you will need seating that can withstand the elements. Think highly durable and weather-resistant materials like teak wood or all-weather wicker and synthetic fabrics for the upholstery. However, just because you are choosing between sturdier pieces, that does not mean that you have to sacrifice style.
As with an indoor sofa couch, those meant for outdoor spaces can maintain a balance between an eye-catching look and a functional, durable design. Even pieces constructed from like materials are not limited in style. Dynamic materials create versatile pieces that look great wherever they are placed when paired with chic and inspired designs. Explore and shop our outdoor lounge furniture to choose a set-up that is an extension of your interior home decor.
How to Style Your Room with a Sofa or Couch
Your sofa is the focal point of your room, so you will want to make sure that it is properly styled and paired with the rest of your decor. Below, we have added a few tips on styling these pieces with other furniture and decor pieces. Start by deciding what the throughline will be for your room. Are you looking for a modern or traditional look, or something entirely different?
Adding texture to a space's decor is an imaginative and expressive way to bring visual coherence to your room. To add dimension to your couch, you can add throw pillows with eye-catching patterns and materials to create an air of intention. With the proper selection of throw pillows, you can dramatically change or refresh the feel of a room. A range of textures can add a layer of warmth while adhering to one specific accent can imbue a minimalist touch.
Whichever way you style it, remember that your sofa allows you the flexibility to showcase your aesthetic with little touches of nuanced design. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have utilized this foundational piece to create and build on your home's look.
When you shop online at Lulu and Georgia for living room inspiration, you will find pieces that complement the style of your space but also make it feel more elevated. Whether you are looking to find a statement sofa to stand out in your room or a timeless and tailored piece, we have a selection curated by design style, materials, and sizes. Check out our Living Room Shop by Room page for more ideas and inspiration on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less