The 2018 Sofa Trends

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While looking at images of different interiors, I couldn’t help but notice five distinct sofa trends for 2018, each one with a particular appeal to me. A common denominator among these sofas is the soft upholstery that accentuates comfort in an understated way. But I think their retro shapes, the key feature of these trends is bubbling to a new climax. The actual shape that portrays a design clarity and most definitely defines them is finally on the rise again. Their shape and choice of materials delivers a quality of chic timeliness, that makes them so seductive. Bolder, rich shades against neutral grey tones are enhancing this luscious aesthetic, while creating strong contrasts and unmistakably impressive design statements. Hence, this post is dedicated to these inspiring sofa trends.

Curvy sofas, one of the 2018 sofa trends. A very stylish white room with built in bookcases around a window door, a pink curvy sofa, an airy coffee table and a rusty colored armchair as the perfect accent. Image by
Image by Nest. A beautiful newly designed curvy sofa paired with the equally beautiful old Pot lounge chair by Arne Jacobsen. When old and new elements come together in a balanced way, harmony is probably the best word to describe this sense of serenity.

Some of these sofa trends were seen at the Salone del Mobile in Milan or having been bubbling on the back burner for some time. The first trend I spotted is the daybed sofa. It is a classic piece and its revival can add some real Danish charm. A low linear daybed can even introduce a Japandi flair to an interior if styled appropriately, while a curvy one has more of a French vibe to it. The next trend is about exposed wooden frame sofas. Sofas like this highlight the Scandinavian furniture design philosophy – simplicity, minimalism and functionality. The difference in this approach is a softness due to either the curvy shapes used or the plump paddings and pillows. This brings me to the third huge trend where low, curved, puffy and plump shapes are a sight for sore eyes. Need I say more? No, except that I’m crushing over these curvy shapes as you can tell.

Now, texture is a keyword that keeps popping in almost every design related post ever written online this last year. Furniture designers have really nailed this one by reviving the historic Chesterfield quilted sofa in velvet rather than the traditional leather. But to be fair, quilting has been applied in many other types of sofas in an effort to add that wanted texture attribute. Needless to say that velvet continues its trending streak as it adds on unbeatable lavish quality.

Finally, my least favorite sofa trend is the high back sofa. Its retro shape with its modern uptake though, strangely, promotes a sense of proximity and togetherness despite its formal, and austere vibe especially when viewed from afar. Personally, I still prefer more casual vibes, but I can’t ignore its impact in a room. In any case, I have put together a collection of imagery portraying the very best of these five sofa trends that will surely help you decide for yourself what you prefer best…;) (And if you need a simple guide and tips for buying the right sofa, then read here).

Daybed sofa

A white Scandi styled sitting room with a wooden armchair and tanned upholstery paired with a wooden daybed. Image by
Image by Nest. An elegant daybed where texture and simplicity prevail.
A day bed featuring super-soft hand-sewn leather upholstery and a solid oak frame which is crafted at Fredericia's renowned workshop in Denmark.​ Image by
Image by Nest. A day bed featuring super-soft hand-sewn leather upholstery and a solid oak frame which is crafted at Fredericia’s renowned workshop in Denmark.​
A daybed against a plank wall styled beautifully. Image by Amara.
Image by Amara. A curvy daybed that stands out against the plank accent wall.
A blue room with a blue daybed and a statement floor lamp can be such a minimal but inviting space when done right. Image by
Image by Nest. How could I resist an indigo blue daybed styled with that incredible floor lamp and pattern print area rug?!


Wooden sofa

A very elegant sitting room with green sofa in front of a large window opening. Notice that both the sofa and armchair are wooden, one of the 2018 sofa trends. Image by Amara.
Image by Amara.
A beautifully styled space with large window openings and lots of natural light with a wooden sofa and a leather armchair create a cozy Scandiboho vibe. Image by DFS Furniture.
Image by DFS Furniture. A contemporary minimal sitting room with a boho vibe.
A dark green velvet wooden sofa in a contemporary minimal interior looks warm and inviting. Image by
Image by Nest. I just love the rich, lush green velvet upholstery in this curvy wooden frame sofa. Doesn’t it look so elegant yet simple in a crude way?


Round, curvy sofa

A very urban chic minimal sitting room in graige tones with a very minimal grey sofa. Its airy design line is enhanced by the curvy support padding at the back and arms. Image by
Image by Nest. Despite the linear shape of the couch, the curvy padding introduces a plump, sumptuous flair to it that make it stand out as a design statement.
A fabulous curvy gray sofa against a color blocked white and navy blue wall. Its all styled in a very casual but inviting way. Image by
Image by Nest. The FAVN sofa brings together the qualities of Spanish and Danish design. The organic form the artist-designer Jaime Hayón has given to this sofa is like an embrace.
The rusty colored Fritz Hansen Lune three seater sofa. Image by
Image by Nest. The Fritz Hansen Lune three seater sofa has an urban chic flair to it, designed by Jaime Hayon.
A rusty colored round and curvy sofa. One of 2018 sofa trends. The whole room has a minimal but deep, saturated moody color palette, making the sofa a real understated accent. Image by
Image by Nest. How fabulous is this new rich rusty color that I’m crushing over?!


Quilted sofas

A grey velvet Chesterfield sofa. A real classic. Image by Soho House Retail.
Image by Soho House. A grey velvet Chesterfield type sofa looking elegant as ever.
A dark green velvet Chesterfield sofa in a white room looking gorgeous. Image by Next.
Image by Next.
A luxurious sitting room with dark green walls and dark green velvet sofa and armchairs. Two black doors behind the sofa create a stunning accent backdrop. Image by Houseology.
Image by Houseology.


High back sofa

A rusty colored high back sofa in a minimal styled room surely looks as a design statement creating an intimate vibe. Image by
Image by Nest. The &Tradition Formakami pendant, designed by Jaime Hayon made of rice paper, echoing ancient lanterns from Asia – reinvented in a modern aesthetic adding a worldliness in a western home decor.
One of the 2018 sofa trends. Partial view of a dark blue sofa with a high back in a minimal interior. Image by
Image by Nest. The Mayor Sofa was created by Danish designers Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen for Søllerød City Hall, built 1939-1942.



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