Faux leather by definition is fake leather. Genuine leather is made from real animal skin and used be living, while faux leather is man made and goes through a series of processes to make it look as close to real leather as possible. Because it is man made, it is significantly cheaper than genuine leather. There is no shame in purchasing a faux leather sofa and your guest are not likely to now the difference because of the sophisticated processes they used nowadays to make them look so real.
Finding a faux leather sofa isn't hard to do either. A lot of your bigger department stores and name brands will have faux leather but at real leather prices. So before you go out there and start shopping, do some research first. Websites
Faux leather sofas are becoming increasingly popular because of the downward spiral in the economy and with animal activist groups deterring people from using both real fur and real leather for anything. When looking for a faux leather sofa there are two types of styles you can choose from; distressed and traditional.
Distressed faux leather goes through additional processes to make it looked aged. Since it does have additional processes to go through there are ways to distress the sofa yourself. The first way is to put water directly on the sofa, not too much, just apply with a rag or sponge and then blow dry it on high heat until you see a drying and cracking effect. You can do this as many times as you'd like to get the look you desire. The second option is to rub your couch down with rubbing alcohol or leather balm to heavily used areas such as seats and arms and then firmly brush it off with a rag. This may leave a scent to your couch, but it will achieve the effect of a distressed leather sofa. And you're third option is rub your couch with sandpaper; this achieves a severely distressed look.
With any of these processes make sure you do some background research and start of slow. Remember you can always go back and do it again if you want to add more distress but you can't take away distress that's already on there. Well, technically you can but it's going to cost you an arm and a leg.
Another thing to keep in mind with faux leather is though even though it's not real it still needs to be taken care of like it is real; rubbing natural oils on the leather a couple times a month will keep it looking shiny and last longer.
There are so many things that can be done with faux leather because it's man made they can make it do whatever they need/want it to do. So don't limit yourself or thing you're not going to have very many options because you're opting for a faux leather sofa compared to a genuine leather sofa. There are still many possibilities and options. Search websites like amazon.com and your favorite stores website to get some good ideas of what's available.