The centrepiece of most living rooms is the sofa. Sofas make a luxurious addition to a bedroom or even a bathroom. No matter where you fancy your sofa, we think its safe to say that they are one of the cosiest and comfiest pieces of furniture around. More than this, because of their size and utility they have the propensity to make a big statement in the space from an aesthetic perspective. For these reasons and more it’s important to choose wisely when investing in a new model. To do so, examining current trends can be a big help. Doing so will allow you insight into what’s on the market and give you a chance to consider which styles best fit your personal preferences. Plus, it never hurt anyone to indulge in a current stylistic trend every once in a while. To help you get inspired, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite sofa trends for 2016.
In the past floral sofas might have seemed a bit stuffy and old school, but this year they are making a comeback. While they might remind you of your grandma’s house at first thought, hear us out. The right floral sofa can be breezy and cheerful. The pattern can bring a sense of femininity and freshness to your home no matter the time of year. Best coupled with simple furnishings, the floral sofa can make a defining statement in your living room. Specifically, keep the walls, floors, and décor neutral when introducing a floral sofa to the space if the pattern is loud. If the floral style is light and largely comprised of neutral tones, however, feel free to layer with different colour accents like we can see in this room by Pedro & Osório. Another fun idea is to pair your floral sofa with a vase of fresh flowers.
While floral sofas certainly felt pretty old school until now, reviving the retro and antique is a sofa trend that is actually being applied across the board. Thus, if you’d like to add a vintage piece to your living room, why not make it a sofa? You can find sofas at vintage and antique shops and sometimes even at flea markets. Of course, it depends how shabby chic you want to go. If you’re looking to invest in something a bit more sumptuous, this is a great time to invest in a chesterfield. This classic piece of furniture is handmade from fine leather and is certain to last a very long time. It is the pinnacle of luxury in the realm of sofas. Alternatively, you could go for a cool and colourful retro sofa with thin legs that extend out from the sofa at an angle.
Bringing in the earth tones this year is all the rage. These hues, ranging from ruby red to taupe to burnt orange, aqua and sage green, are quite literally the colours you can find in nature. They typically add a sense of calm and rootedness to the interior. In fact, earth tones are enthusiastically promoted in the design philosophy called Feng Shui. Since the sofa makes a big impression in the living room, choosing one with earth-toned upholstery can really change the colour balance in the space in favour of more a natural scheme. Plus, earth tones are quite versatile, so when you’re ready to shake things up again it is likely your sofa with natural-hued patterns will fit right in.
If you’re looking to go a bit bolder this year, you’re also in luck. Animal prints and more exotic styles are very in right now. Whether it’s leopard, cheetah, tiger, or zebra you fancy, this is the time to go for it. Exotic prints typically refer to those patterns associated with foreign cultures. They are usually bold, bright and colourful. Like the floral sofa, you can surely tone the rest of the interior down to accommodate the striking new pattern, but you don’t have to. Another more daring option is to pair the sofa with other bright colour tones. Follow your intuition on this. It doesn’t have to be logical if it just feels right in your gut. For example, this zebra print living room looks quite at home amidst a groovy shag rug and other colourful furniture.
If all this told of bold and colourful patterns is making you cringe because you feel a bit more at home in the modern minimalist camp, there’s something in style right now for you as well. Going for a modern and sleek black and/or white sofa is completely welcome within the sofa trends of 2016. These classic colour tones are elegant in such a way that they speak for themselves. Pair them with an equally neutral interior and add a colour popping accent if you please. This is also a good time to note that any of these sofa styles can come in the form of a sofa bed. Sofa beds are excellent if you have guests who frequently visit from out of town or if you kid has friends sleep over on a regular basis. A sofa bed adds considerable versatility to any space.
Lastly, if you’re into the no frills, streamlined look of industrial style you’re in luck. The industrial style sofa is here to stay at least for a while. Industrial sofas typically have straight and narrow legs, very simple cushions, and a minimal, horizontal backrest. Usually, we don’t see many patterns in the industrial look, but occasionally there will be a pop of accent colour involved somewhere. We love this leather industrial sofa set because the material adds a level of luxury to the look. Situated your industrial sofa in an equally industrial room perhaps against a concrete or brick wall. Alternatively, this kind of sofa will add a level of cool simplicity to a more natural or domestic looking space.
If you'd like to see some more advice about picking the right sofa, check out this ideabook containing simple rules of thumb for doing so. Happy decorating!