To Match, Or Not To Match? That Is the Question...

For, I do believe it may be nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune than to buy mismatched couches off craigslist. Because jigsawing a large impulse purchase into a decor scheme already undone by many many many previous impulse bargain buys is definitely taking up arms against a sea of troubles. And don't forget that I must also bear the whips and scorns of yon Hunny's pissed off countenance. It's a calamity, I tell you.

After I finish craigslisting my lesser used possessions, I'm considering behaving like a grown up and buying a brand new couch -- something I choose, and not something that is chosen for me by the whims of the craigslist marketplace. Honestly, the very thought is so foreign... I'm still trying to wrap my wee head around the idea. New? Who does that? Well, I guess I might.

The biggest biggest hugest problem is of course what to buy. You see, it seems that most perfectly normal living rooms have one lovely couch, flanked perhaps by a pair of chairs in a different shape or fabric to add visual interest, like so:

Such an easy formula: A+B=Awesome. Ok, the fancy art helps, too.

But the stupid formula won't work for us since we are a two couch household. Does this mean I have to buy two new couches? Because one couch is fine -- one couch is easy to decorate around. But when you buy another, unmatched couch, well then shit just breaks down. Add in a different couch, and I start gnashing my teeth and tearing out hair (not my own, of course) in big disgusting clumps. Trying to solve the 2 couch equation turns me into a deranged, indecisive idiot. Because unless you're starting out with a hardcore plan, it is very hard to do the mismatched couch thing and do it well.

See, this is not working for me. I kind of see what they were going for, but nope.

And this room is very pretty, but I'm not sure I would like it in real life.

I guess keeping everything monochromatic would make it easier -- but kind of boring. Although I am in sweet sweet love with the couch resting against the wall...

This is kind of what I had in mind, mostly because I already have a navy chesterfield. What do you think about pairing it with a fat white slipcovered sofa? I'm worried they will look unbalanced when placed next to each other.

On the other hand, I guess I could just save up to buy two matching couches...

But I really don't want this to happen.

Enough with the typing. Look at these pictures of matching couches and try to guess what I'm thinking about them:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C


I can't believe I left this one out... obviously the drama is making me dizzy.

Exhibit D

Why do couches have to be so bleeping expensive, y'all? And so big and hard to switch out? It makes deciding what to buy incredibly nerve wracking. I need a decider. Oh, but I'm happy to decide which couch to put in YOUR house... funny how that works.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my couch saga on Friday, where I hope to post personal pictures of my actual seating drama. It's like freaking Sofas Of Our Lives around here.

In the meantime, I'd like to know what you think.

To match, or not to match? That is the question.