Question: We are redecorating our living room, and I want to use two sofas (not a sectional). My question is whether the sofas should be the same fabric, or if it is okay to use different fabrics?
Phoebe's Answer: There are of course always exceptions, but typically we like the sofas to be the same shape and the same fabric if they are in the same room. This applies for sofas and loveseats in the same room, as well. With this size upholstery taking up so much visual space in a room, consistency keeps things calm. As for patterned versus solid upholstery, we discussed that here. Here are some rooms where we used two sofas (or a sofa and loveseat) covered in the same fabric.
A pair of beige sofas face one another.
Two cream sofas meet on an angle.
Two sofas with a small, light green pattern.
Back to back white sofas create separate seating areas.
A blue and white room with a pair of sofas.
Beige linen sofas face one another.
A white sofa and white loveseat.
Two brown sofas provide ample seating.
The same blue upholstery was used on both sofas and both club chairs in this family room.