Help Me Decide On Something You Don't Care About

This weekend, we had a bit of a Furniturepalooza. I'm sorry that I just used the word "Furniturepalooza"---what's next, "staycation?"---but there you have it, that's what we had: we bought three pieces of furniture, two of them from, which really has a wealth of good furniture options actually, if you know what you're looking for, so much so in fact that I bit the bullet on Saturday and joined their special Club O or O Rewards or O My God, or whatever it's called, which was only $19.99 for the year and now I get 5% back on anything I buy, but what they don't know is that I still have a lot of stuff I want to buy for this house, which means I'm totally beating at their own game, because I'm basically going to be getting everything for free at the end of it since I will have bought so much in the first place.

I didn't take a breath when I was writing that sentence, can you tell?

Anyway, the piece of furniture we bought this weekend that didn't come from was a couch, which WHOA, BIG PURCHASE ALERT and all that, but trust me, we have been thinking about this couch for six months, ever since we first moved into this house and realized that our L-shaped sectional---seen here---was just not the right thing at all for the new living room, sorry, thanks for the memories, it's not you, it's us.

So I started doing the thing I love best: researching. I researched and I researched and I researched our next couch. I did couch research in areas of couch research that I'm pretty sure haven't even been invented yet. We wanted something modern, see, but also nothing too wacky. We wanted something with clean lines, but also something really comfortable. Basically, we wanted a riddle wrapped in an enigma covered in an easy-clean microfiber.

We found it, but then we kept looking. We found others, but they weren't quite right. We went back to the original one and then I talked myself out of it. We considered a couple more, and then we went back to the original. And then we sat on it for a while---not literally! Ha, see what I did there?---until I realized, on Saturday, that the store we wanted to buy it from was having a 20% off sale this weekend. Well, Internet: I don't know about you, but there's no motivator for me like 20% off. And so we welcomed our baby home.

This is The Ronaldo. (To clarify: that's what the store calls this model; we haven't started naming our furniture or anything. Although Ronaldo would be a rather debonair name if we were to start.) This isn't, however, our Ronaldo, because we are neither sadists nor masochists and would never in a million years buy a white couch. I'd love a white couch, don't get me wrong, and I'm sure your white couch is absolutely gorgeous, but you are looking at someone with a) two very fluffy cats and b) a not-so-steady hand with the pasta pomodoro, so a white couch would last approximately three seconds in this house before I had to douse it in Resolve and then set it on fire.

And so we have chosen two very sensible shades of gray---one lighter, one darker---and we cannot for the life of us decide which one to go with. Sensing our hesitancy---possibly it was the clumps of hair I'd left on the floor while I was tearing it out in indecision? Maybe the high-pitched wailing noise I make when I find myself under pressure?---the very kind saleslady told us she would write the order up today, so that we got the 20% discount, and we could have 24 hours to think about the color and call her back on Monday with a final decision.

And still we haven't made a final decision. Although I do have some super blurry iPhone shots!

So here, I'm putting it to you: my Ronaldo is in your hands. (That's what she said.) (I don't even know if that makes sense.) In one corner, we have the Geo Raven, which is dark and brooding and mysterious and has a cool herringbone pattern like this:

It would look good against the pale grey wall---which is the exact same color as we painted the kitchen, many examples here---and would go well with the dark inky blue/black accent wall behind the television. But with a dark brown TV stand and a dark brown coffee table, could the Geo Raven perhaps be too much?

In the other corner we have the Maverick Platinum---remind me of these fabric names if I'm ever writing a romance novel, I think they could come in useful---which feels much softer and more luxuuuuuuurious than the Geo Raven, velvety almost, but is also a lot lighter and would potentially hide fewer stains.

On the upside, it doesn't show the nap as much as the Geo Raven---when the material kind of looks like it has two colors when you run your fingers over it---and I get the feeling that seeing the nap all the time would drive me crazy after a while. On the downside, though, it might be too similar to the color of the wall behind it: too much gray on gray?

Here they are together so you can see them side by side:

Whew! This is exciting stuff, isn't it, looking at an Internet stranger's fabric samples? Try and get your pulse back to normal! At least just long enough to help me decide between Geo Raven and Maverick Platinum, anyway. Any thoughts? I know the thrill is unparalleled.

Edited to add: Thank you so much for all your help so far! However, there seems to be some confusion in the comments that the Geo Raven (the darker one) would be better than the Maverick Platinum (the lighter one) because you wouldn't see the nap so much. I must correct this misconception! The Geo Raven shows the nap more. I repeat: the Geo Raven shows the nap more! It was one of the things that put us off it, and thus turned us towards the lighter fabric, which is made of something.....different, and thus shows the nap less. I know it doesn't seem like it because you can see the hand print on the Maverick Platinum, but the Geo Raven shows the nap even more, just not in this sample. Wow, I cannot believe I have just written so many words about a couch. 

Edited AGAIN, because yes, let's talk about my couch some MORE: The deed is done! We went with the Geo Raven! Honestly, I probably preferred the Maverick Platinum from an AESTHETIC point of view---pale grey is my favorite color, although if I'm not careful my house is soon going to start looking like a morgue or a prison , what with all the pale grey everywhere---but I had to put on my practical hat when it came to spending that much money on a couch, and the darker grey Geo Raven will certainly hold up a lot longer over time, which is probably worth a whole lot more at this stage in my life than the "No! NOBODY SIT ON THE COUCH! Drink your red wine over here by the window! Could you just watch the movie while standing in the doorway, please?" path we would have embarked on had we chosen the pale grey velvety material. Plus, now I don't have to worry about the couch being the exact same shade as the wall behind it and creating a weird monochromatic tableau of greyness like something from an Edward Gorey painting. Also we might just get an armchair in the pale grey instead and only let adults who are not holding food or beverages sit in it. But only if they sign a waiver first. Anyway, thank you so much for all your help!

Jan 24, 2011

My vote goes to Geo Raven.

Jan 24, 2011

The sofa is beautiful!! I like the top fabric better though. Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of velvety fabrics... and I love the herringbone pattern.

Jan 24, 2011

The lighter one, Maverick Platinum. It's calmer, and will look better with throw pillows (thus, easier to change around if necessary). Fun new purchase!!

Jan 24, 2011

I don't particularly like (any) patterns on a couch, so I'd go with Maverick :)

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven.
Not helping much here are we?

Jan 24, 2011

I say Maverick Platinum, and then to break up the gray-on-gray, just go with some brightly colored pillows to liven things up.

Red boots
Jan 24, 2011

Geo raven! I like it, although it conjures up images of a raven equipped with a GPS navigational system. Which is no bad thing...!

Jan 24, 2011

I like the Maverick better. It just looks softer and prettier.

Jan 24, 2011

It likes like it might be more difficult to keep the Maverick clean, and I like the herringbone nap of the Geo Raven

Jan 24, 2011

Maverick! I agree, it's softer and prettier, and herringbone is a little....uptight? for something you're meant to lounge on.

Jan 24, 2011

I like the Maverick Platinum better but I'm not really sure why. The Geo Raven pattern just seems a bit stuffy to me.

Jan 24, 2011

Helping choose for someone else while not even paying a cent - now THAT is the ultimate shopping experience.

i think Geo Raven would last longer, if you're going for longevity. Also, if you're thinking kids in the near future ... &, i've had three cats, so i would never opt for the velevety one, it's a hassle brushing off fur.

Whichever you choose, hope you fall in love all over again ;)

Jan 24, 2011

PS: You can see the handprints on the Maverick. Imagine the ass prints ... ! :P

Jan 24, 2011

I like the Maverick Platinum -- it looks softer.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven for sure. I like the pattern (a lot) and I would drive myself crazy smoothing the nap on the Maverick Platinum.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven gets my vote, though I'm sure both would look lovely. It looks more durable and forgiving, and the pattern is nice. Somebody said something about the lighter one looking cosier - that's what throws and cushions are for in my opinion, if you were worried about that aspect! :)

Jan 24, 2011

100% Geo Raven
I chose a small herringbone pattern for my couch, despite a fear of patterns in general, and I love it. The pattern is so subtle that I never remember it's there until I'm sitting on the couch. The two colors in the pattern provide flexibility when choosing throw pillows--you can match to either one! And the pattern (+the microfiber, no doubt) hides coffee stains like a dream. Good luck with your decision!

Jan 24, 2011

I love the herringbone pattern of the Geo Raven, and it would contrast nicely with the lighter walls. It also looks like it would better hide red wine splotches (my personal sofa compatibility test).

Jan 24, 2011

i like the dark herringbone one.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven - the Maverick Platinum scares me (too light).

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven - the Maverick Platinum scares me (too light).

Jan 24, 2011

I love the Geo Raven. I've always had a thing for herringbone.

Jan 24, 2011

The Geo Raven. But I love me some herringbone. You could always add velvety pillows.

Jan 24, 2011

I'm here to tell you that the slight velvet nap of the maverick will drive you insane, and it will show all sorts of pulls and dents. I have a textured fabric on my sofa (not herringbone like the raven, but similar enough), and it hides a number problems AND it doesn't draw a clear picture of anyone's butt once they get up. Win win.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven!

Jan 24, 2011

Renaldo would look fabulous in Geo Raven.
Maverick is too light.

Jan 24, 2011

I vote for the darker Geo Raven as well, and like Kathleen mentioned above in regards to the Maverick-ass prints. I just can't get on board with these fabrics that leave a reminder of how wide my rear end is. We are also a very spill prone house, so that lack of pattern in the Marverick would be a disaster here too. At least the darker color of the Geo along with the subtle pattern will help HIDE a multitude of sins.

Melanie D
Jan 24, 2011

I like the Geo Raven pattern. And it would contrast nicely with the walls. My husband and I almost bought some furniture (and carpet) that matched our walls, luckily we caught ourselves before doing so. We realized we must really, really like that particular shade of beige! :-) Good luck! It is a lovely couch, I did gasp when I thought you'd bought white. We could do that here either, it would be a disaster!

Jan 24, 2011

I have almost the exact couch. We also had a difficult time making a decision about color. We decided upon a gray microfiber fabric that has a bit of a design.

I have a fuzzy iPhone picture of our couch, I hope this helps with your decision!

(I vote Geo Raven.)

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven! Love the herringbone.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven, definitely

Jan 24, 2011

Geo raven! My husband and I recently replaced a microsuede couch with no style to a new sofa similar to yours - the Crate and Barrel Petrie. We went with a dark gray and are loving it - though we also have dark furniture. A few bright patterned pillows, a zigzag rug, and we are psyched. And do not miss the microsuede (which I think is similar to your Maverick option) one bit. That nap/butt imprint thing got real old real fast.

Jan 24, 2011

I'm just as torn as you are. I know that's not helpful.

I had a solid-color microfiber sofa, and it did show color variations after impressions. When I was straightening up, I'd always run my hand in one direction over the whole thing, smoothing the fibers in the same direction. I guess that sounds like a pain in the neck (shoulder?), but dang, did I love that sofa. So soft and pretty.

So, basically, you can disregard this whole comment because it added weight to neither side of the scale.

Jan 24, 2011

My vote was always going to the Geo Raven - so pretty and will look so great against the lighter gray wall - but UG sealed the deal for me. Do you really want your couch drawing a picture of your butt when you get up from watching The Bachelor? No, I didn't think so.

Jan 24, 2011

Definitely the first one. Herringbone and darker gray is a winner and I'm trying to figure out how I can steal it from you.

Jan Ross
Jan 24, 2011

The darker one - the darker the better when it comes to spilled pasta.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven hands down. :)

Jan 24, 2011

I vote for the GeoRaven. It just feels, no i mean, look so luxurious. I mean, I obviously don't know how it feels since I can't actually feel it but it looks so luxurious I'm sure it feels the same. Congrats on the couch!

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven! Love it.

Jan 24, 2011

Maverick Platinum! I have a couch that I think has a similar textured fabric, and my two cats and dog love to sleep on it. The 3M Fur Fighter is a champ at pulling out their fur, which is magically woven into the couch after they nap on it.

Jan 24, 2011

Thanks guys! But I should clarify -- the nap on the Geo Raven is WORSE: shows more butt/hand imprints (the herringbone pattern is very very tiny). In fact, the reason we looked at the Maverick Platinum was because the nap was way less visible -- I know you can see the handprint in the picture, but that's nothing compared to the Geo Raven.

Both are micro-fibers and apparently easy to clean.

Jan 24, 2011

The first one, for sure! We have a very similar couch and it's a very similar gray. We've paired it with a funky green and eggplant purple. Sounds kinda odd, but it is so fun! Love my new living room. :)

Jan 24, 2011

My vote is for Geo Raven

Jan 24, 2011

Geo raven, FTW!

Jan 24, 2011

Another vote for the Geo Raven.

Jan 24, 2011

I vote for Maverick! I have 2 cats and 2 dogs and have a light greyish sofa and blue grey walls. It looks great and i love it! :)

Thespian Libby
Jan 24, 2011

I'm going to cast my vote for Maverick. The Geo Raven has a three-piece suit look to it. Not that I don't admire men in three-piece suits, but it seems a bit uptight for Ronaldo. My sofa (whose name, sadly, I don't remember at the moment) has the same type fabric as Maverick, only in crimson. It does show cat fur (courtesy of Mr. Utley the Invisible Cat), but I use the nifty Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair and that takes care of it.

Jan 24, 2011

Maverick Platinum, definitely - the only type of herringbone I want to go cross-eyed staring at is the kind I wear in suit form.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven all the way! I love the pattern on it but the color is still pretty neutral and would look great with all your accent colors.

Jan 24, 2011

Both are pretty, but I personally think you should go with whatever shows butt/ hand prints less. I have a couch where they're fairly visible, and I spend a lot of time running over and smoothing out jean-pocket-outlines and finger prints because they make me bonkers.

Jan 24, 2011

Definitely go with the Geo Raven!

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven for sure!

Mary H.
Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven

Jan 24, 2011

My vote is for Geo Raven! If you're afraid of it being too dark, a throw in a lighter shade of anything, along with pillows, will tone it down easily.

Jan 24, 2011

geo raven. seeing the nap would drive me bonkers. sort of like how i can't have carpet because i would want those vacuum lines in it all the time. the couch is beautiful!

Jan 24, 2011

Maverick. Oily spills are the worst to get out, and the darker one will show much more. We've got a camel colored couch in a similarly light shade (microfiber, but a suedy sort of stuff), and it is holding up well with two kids, two cats, an 80 pound farm dog and a parrot. It's easy to clean, and a lint brush does the trick with the cat fur (or my trusty Dyson).

Jan 24, 2011

I think you should get the Geo Raven. Although I prefer lighter colours (in general) it doesn't seem that you and Sean do and I think tonally the Geo Raven would work better with your house. No, I don't think it'd be too dark.

Also, I agree with other posters that getting the nap to lie flat (or whatever you call it) would be a huge pain with Maverick Platinum.

I've got a cat and based on her I'd chose the Geo Raven. And I've got 2 kids and based on them, I'd chose...something that's easy to jump on, goes well with markers and cracker crumbs, made out of titanium. Oh, I jest. I'd chose the darker one because it looks more durable and more impervious to children and cats.

Jan 24, 2011

Raven, obvs :)

Jan 24, 2011

I prefer the darker grey.

Laura B.
Jan 24, 2011

My vote is for Maverick Platinum!

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven! The subtle pattern will add interest and texture :)

Jan 24, 2011

I like the Maverick way better, but I'm contemplating not having children. Get the Geo because, well, it sounds like you're roughly 6-18 months from announcing you're pregnant. And they can't drink from sippy cups till they're 17.

Amber, theAmberShow
Jan 24, 2011

Darker, for sure.

That herringbone pattern is just so smart, and looks way more expensive and lux than the (kinda dated) fabric that shows finger swipes.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven, herringbone rules.

Jan 24, 2011

Hmmm. The votes seem pretty 50/50 right now, but I'm gonna throw myself fully into the Geo Raven corner. I think the darker gray color will be easier to maintain. The nap issue is something that drives me crazy, too, although I still bought a couch a couple of years ago that had this problem. Honestly, it will make you crazy at first, but after awhile you just kind of get used to it. I swear.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven! No doubt about it.

Jan 24, 2011

My vote is for Maverick. I think the lighter color better compliments the style of the couch. Also, I sort of like the idea of the walls and couch being similar colors, Besides, I'm sure you have plenty of other, colorful things in the room to break up the grey, like books, lamps, pillows, throws, etc.. right?

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven, looks cleaner and more modern to me.

Jan 24, 2011


Jan 24, 2011

I also vote for the Geo Raven. And remember you can get all crafty and make a cover for the future if you want to change it out, that is what I did in my WHITE SOFA (and I have 2 cats and 2 dogs and a 10-year stepchild who's coordination does not exist - Pomodoro sauce is the least of my problems!).

And I love Ronaldo lines - just like a typical latin man - a show off!

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven, absolutely. The herringbone will do wonders to hide stains.
Unless. Can you have your cats sleep on both swatches, and then see which one is easier to get the hair off? Since i spent the better part of my Saturday trying to do this impossible task to my own sofa, I'd recommend figuring the cat hair thing out first.

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven! I think the pattern would give it a nice contrast to the wall. I also recently discovered that I don't particularly like sitting on velvety fabrics -- they sort of grab your clothes and make curling up difficult/uncomfortable, if that makes any sense (I promise it does). BTW, this is a hilarious post.

Jan 24, 2011

The Raven for sure. We have a couch that has the softer fabric and I am constantly smoothing out the nap, it drives me insane!

Jan 24, 2011

Maverick Platinum had me at "luxuuuuuuurious". Plus, while I generally love herringbone, I don't think the herringbone pattern would look very good with the tufting.

Jan 24, 2011

I vote for Geo Raven. I have that same herringbone microsuede on my couch, except mine is brown. The "nap" doesn't really show that much IMO and the fabric has held up really well to wear and tear.

Jan 24, 2011

While I love the Maverick for its beauty, I'd vote for the Geo for its practicality. It looks like it will hide stains more. I have a four year old who spills on everything, so these days I'm really loving my club chair with the dark fabric because it hides everything whereas my club chair that's a light beige has been relocated to a not-often-visited part of the house to keep it away from my son.

Good luck with the decision -- either will be beautiful.

Jan 24, 2011

Go with the geo raven. You can always paint out your other dark stuff if it's too much. I love the texture of the herringbone.

Jan 24, 2011

I love that couch, and have had my eye on it for a couple of years, the lines are fabulous. Although I think the Maverick Platinum is prettier, in the long run the Geo Raven will be the happier choice, especially with cats, and possibly kids someday. The herringbone pattern will hide a multitude of sins for years.

Jan 24, 2011

Wow, this is an almost impossible choice. On the one hand, I think that I like the Maverick better just based on the sample, but I don't like the idea of it being TOO close in color to the wall. On the other hand, it sounds like the nap thing would make you crazy re: the Geo Raven.

On the OTHER hand, we have a very nap-showing couch and it doesn't drive me nearly as nuts as you would think it does.

I like the texture of the Maverick better, I like the way the Raven fits in the room better. Given that you're MOSTLY looking at a couch as part of a room, this makes me vote for the Geo Raven. Plus, against that lovely dark grey herringbone, so many great bright throw pillows will be beautiful.

Okay, now that I've deliberated out loud, I say go for the Geo Raven.

Jan 24, 2011

I imagine you saying this in a rogue, Scottish accent: "The Geo Raven shows the nap more. I repeat: the Geo Raven shows the nap more!" And now I can't stop laughing.

I'm anti-nap on couches (except for, you know, taking a nap on the couch. ahem.) so I'd vote the Maverick Platinum.


Renee from GA
Jan 24, 2011

Geo raven - love the subtle herringbone, and a darker shade.

Jan 24, 2011

The darker color. Definitely. (or whatever you choose)

Jan 24, 2011

first - bravo on the couch choice! It's exactly what I would picture you purchasing, sleek, sophisticated, but still unbelievably welcoming.

second - holy cow are you asking a tough question here. however, I do like what someone had to say in the comments above how the lighter fabric would offer you more choices for fancy pillows. And so I will jump on that bandwagon.

but I'm easily swayed, so maybe my opinion shouldn't count all that much.

Jan 24, 2011

They are both great, but a word of advice:

If you are thinking of having kids any time soon, take into account the cleanup! You might actually want to try spilling juice and rubbing fig bars into the fabric to see which comes up better. (Sounds crazy ... but you'll soon see!)

jennifer in sf
Jan 24, 2011

I also have a Petrie, and I freaking love that thing. So excellent sofa choice!

I'm a sucker for herringbone so I'd go with the Geo Raven. But honestly they both seem like really good choices.

Chris in NY
Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven

Operation Pink Herring
Jan 24, 2011

I actually gasped out loud when I saw the first picture, at the thought that you'd been seduced into buying a white couch. Oh, it is gorgeous, though. I love the dark gray. And the light gray. I'm no help with decisions.

Jan 24, 2011

I must also jump on the Geo Raven bandwagon

Jan 24, 2011

Geo Raven!

Jan 24, 2011

The Maverick is a little more interesting, more stylish, more fun. The other one is definitely nice, but more conventional and common.

The Maverick is just prettier, lighter, and more fun I say!

In any event, the living room will look great because you are putting it together!

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