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Best Sofas for a Modern Living Room

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If you're drawn to the modern style of decorating, then you'll want to find a sofa that will be the perfect centerpiece in your living room. Modern sofas are available in many different designs, so you can find the one that will help you get the exact look and feel you want. Here's what to look for when you're shopping.

Mid-Century Modern Sofas:

  1. This style has been around since the 1930s, but it is still the standard for modern decor. It started with the minimalist style of the Bauhaus school in Germany, and it was explored widely in Scandinavian design through the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The main characteristics of a mid-century style sofa are tight upholstery (no loose pillows), low arms, and exposed wood legs. You can choose to mix this couch with other mid-century pieces to create a period-specific look, but once you have a mid-century modern style sofa as the centerpiece of your living room, your living room decor will feel modern no matter what else you add to the room.

Armless Sofas:

  1. Modern style is minimalist, and what's more minimal than ridding the couch of its arms? This streamlined style works well in rooms that are for entertaining more than for lounging. It's also perfect for smaller spaces where you want the room to appear larger, as there are no arms there to block the light. You'll see a lot of armless futon couches that fold into flat beds. Armless loveseats are especially popular, and you can find them in a wide variety of colors and prints. To keep with the modern style, choose a print that has a geometric pattern or an atomic-inspired design.

Chesterfields:

  1. You may be surprised to see this classic couch on this list, as the style has been around since the early 19th century. But the tufted backs and high rolled arms of a Chesterfield can have a very modern feel, especially if it's upholstered in leather. The trick to making a leather Chesterfield feel modern is to put it in a room with lots of industrial details, like steel and wood accent tables.

Modern Sectionals:

  1. Although sectionals may bring to mind an overstuffed piece of furniture, you can actually find many sectional sofas that are very modern. If you need the seating a sectional provides, or need a big piece of furniture to make a large, open room feel complete, look for a modern sectional with exposed legs and tight upholstery. You'll get a minimalist look you want with maximum seating and comfort.

Le Corbusier-Style Sofas:

  1. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was an architect known as Le Corbusier. He was educated at the Bauhaus school, and his iconic sofa and chair have become the symbols of modern design. The sofa has straight cushions, chrome legs, and chrome bars that wrap around the sides and back. Most couches you see in this style are reproductions -- even if they are actually vintage pieces -- as originals are very expensive.

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