Consider an upholstered bench or banquette. If you have a small space, think about purchasing a sleek upholstered bench instead of a traditional squashy loveseat. This piece is much more versatile, because you can pull it up to a dining table or even place it in a hall or mudroom in a larger house later on.Light or dark upholstery? A white sofa without removable slipcovers is pretty high maintenance, but add machine-washable slipcovers (which have gotten much chicer in recent years) and white can be a practical choice after all. Beige, "greige," charcoal and espresso are also highly versatile choices.