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With straight lines, a high back and squared-off arms that are as high as the back the tuxedo sofa is easy to recognize.

This type of sofa is called a Bridgewater. It is very similar to the classic English-style couch with its set-back curved arms that do not extend to the front edge of the seat. Its main difference from the English-style is that is has a deep skirt rather than exposed legs.

The English-style sofa is a truly classic style with slightly rounded, tight back cushions and rolled arms that do not extend to the front edge of the seat.

Due to the fact that the pieces can vary in size and be arranged in any which way, sectionals are suitable for any size space. This cheery yellow sofa, for instance, fits perfectly in this living room and adds a colorful flair.

This colorful living room features a rolled arm sofa-a classic design and a favorite for napping.

This living room features a Camelback sofa, which is a more formal furniture choice with graceful lines and an arched or double arched back.

This leather Camelback sofa features a tight back, meaning that there are no loose back cushions or pillows.

Bright pops of color keep this living room fun, while a Lawson sofa and nearby chairs beckon guests to sit down and socialize for a while.

This sitting area features a Lawson sofa. The Lawson boasts clean lines and works well in most settings, combined with the fact that it is comfortable for most people, and the Lawson becomes a great sofa for entertaining.

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