According to stats, Brits spend over 17 years of their lifetime on the sofa and whilst catching up with the latest episode of the Kardashians is high on the agenda, it’s also crucial that your sofa compliments your style.
So how do you get that comfort to style ratio right? To help us along the way Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares sofa trends that are set to be big for the upcoming season.
1. Classic, simple shapes
Minimalist furniture and decor has never gone out of style, and with the ongoing focus on mindfulness and the perennial chic of the signature clean Scandinavian aesthetic, this look is going to keep going strong in 2019. “It’s all about going back to basics, with classic and versatile designs,” says Rebecca.
“The aim here is to create a space that’s pared back, yet thoughtful – think strong lines and structured silhouettes. For instance, a modern sofa in classic black leather will lend a cool, yet welcoming feel to the living room. The focus here is a strong centrepiece – go for simple yet bold shapes for a look that’s both classic and interesting. This will really shine when paired with eye-catching, contemporary décor. Opting for a leather finish lends a sophisticated look that’s both versatile and easy to maintain, making it a great foundation that’ll never go out of style.”
2. Natural textures and linen
The movement towards natural textures and materials in the home is also about creating a welcome retreat from hectic, modern life. Whether it’s bringing greenery indoors or experimenting with wood finishing, this trend works across many styles and homes – from rustic and tropical to airy and Scandinavian.
“The growth of natural fabrics such as linen reflects an ongoing shift towards sustainability,” says Rebecca. “Linen is a versatile, durable material, with both cooling and warming qualities depending on the weather. This makes it a great choice for a comfy, stylish sofa all year round, and as an added bonus, its signature finish creates both visual and tactile texture in a space. With its soft beige and oatmeal shades, a linen sofa pairs up well with elements like indoor plants, rattan and wood for a tranquil, relaxed vibe in the home.”
3. Luxurious velvet
Now for something entirely different – often considered the epitome of luxury and timeless style, velvet reigns supreme as one of the top trends this season. For this latest interpretation, velvet manages to be both retro and modern – think classic Chesterfield sofas updated in bold jewel tones, and modern sofas made cosier with this soft, gleaming fabric.
“Velvet sofas are designed to make a statement in the living room,”says Rebecca. “A velvet sofa in a dark colour such as blue or red anchors a light, neutral room and gives it a dramatic contrast. When set against a darker background, such as a grey or black wall, it can add a luxurious, plush pop of colour.”
“A stylish way to introduce colour and glamour to a space, this finish absolutely shines in an airy, casually elegant space, and also works when playing with darker tones for a punchy, transformative look,” Rebecca says. “In terms of texture, velvet beautifully complements other fabrics and finishes, such as knits and furs, making it easy to entirely change the look and feel of a space, depending on the rugs, pillows and other decor.”
4. Art Deco influence
A look that has inspired countless home makeovers and DIYs, Art Deco returns with a chic new look for 2019 – and we predict that it is here to stay. “Colour and contrast are set to be key players in this modern revival,” Rebecca says. “This approach is a perfect way to highlight statement furniture such as Art Deco-inspired sofas – offset cool tones like grey against rich blues for a calm and chic interior.”
“This trend also celebrates the notion that more is more when it comes to decorating, truly embracing maximalist tendencies. Pick out an Art Deco-inspired sofa with graceful curves and tapered legs for a polished look, before layering it with bold hues, prints, and finishes. The result is an space that’s full of personality, and yet will never go out of style.”
“It’s easy for this look to get a little overwhelming, so it’s also good to start off in small doses through printed pillows, or wall art. The beauty of Art Deco is its ability to dazzle as an accent or as a full-blown theme – in smaller doses, it luxes up mid-century and modern Scandi interiors, but it also works for a high-impact, glamorous feel at home.”
5. Clever detailing
And lastly, details – they can define a trend or add a final flourish to a space. “With the enthusiasm for bolder looks on the rise, interesting details are definitely here to stay,” Rebecca says. “Elements like ruching and rolled edges give an extra boost of refinement to furniture especially sofas, highlighting fine workmanship and adding interest.”
“A great middle ground between distinctive looks like the maximalism of Art Deco and Scandi minimalism, playing with a range of smart, stylish details is a clever way to spruce up an interior. A sofa with interesting details is a quiet statement-maker, a classic that will always stay chic.”
“This trend is incredibly versatile and transferable across a variety of interiors – experiment with timeless classics like button-back cushions and brass legs, to modern touches such as contrasting piping and unique silhouettes.”