Written by Georgia Lockstone

Sofa trends: 8 design styles you need to know for 2021

Spruce up your sitting room with an on-trend and snug settee taking inspiration from these sofa trends for 2021.

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Barker and Stonehouse Conza Large Sofa in Plush Turmeric, £1099

Image: Barker and Stonehouse Conza Large Sofa in Plush Turmeric, £1099

Typically the place where everybody comes together, the living room is the heart of the home. As the focal point in most lounges, getting the style of sofa spot-on is key for curating your cosy yet current space.

From plump and soft cocoon-like couches, to modern and sleek settees that ooze contemporary chic, these options are all set to be serious sofa trends for 2021. 

Art Deco sofas

DFS Aida two-seater velvet sofa in Aubergine, £479 until 24th February 2021

Image: DFS Aida two-seater velvet sofa in Aubergine, £479 until 24th February 2021

With an emphasis on curved lines, elegant fluting, and luxe materials and colour choices, stylised sofas were a firm interior design favourite in 2020 – and they’re set to only get more and more opulent. Think geometric patterns, scalloped backs, and regal tones of emerald green and deep burgundy.

Head of Design at DFS, Rob Ellis, adds: ‘In 2021, we will see trend enthusiasts opt for rounder shapes that echo iconic 70’s Hollywood – think glamorous dressing rooms and five-star hotel suites. Velvet lovers can opt for our Aida sofa, which thanks to its channelled upholstery, curved profile and brass dipped raised feet, wouldn’t look out of place in a glamorous cocktail bar.’

Buy the DFS Aida two-seater velvet sofa from DFS

Cosy and cocooning sofas

Loaf Crumpet Chaise Sofa in large right hand and chalky pink vintage velvet, £2725

Image: Loaf Crumpet Chaise Sofa in large right hand and chalky pink vintage velvet, £2725

All about homely and snuggly comfort, ‘cocooning’ is best achieved on sofas that are less structured and more gently curved in form, and boasting deep and plump cushions. When thinking about upholstery, consider soft and luxurious fabrics like velvet in muted pastels or neutral tones, to ensure ultimate relaxing vibes.

With feather-wrapped foam seat cushions, the Crumpet Chaise Sofa from Loaf is the ultimate settee to snuggle on. Boasting super deep and squishy cushions – and extra space thanks to the chaise – we think it looks extra inviting and plush in chalky pink vintage velvet.

Buy the Loaf Crumpet Chaise Sofa in large right hand and chalky pink vintage velvet

Smart technology sofas

DFS Java four-seater sofa in Forest Green velvet, £899

Image: DFS Java four-seater sofa in Forest Green velvet, £899

It was only a matter of time before technology found its way into the fabric of our furniture! With our living rooms doubling up as part-time offices and classrooms, innovation is key – so savvy sofas are sure to be a hit.

Responding to this growing demand for functional furniture, DFS has unveiled its new Java sofa, which is available from 20th January. The first in its range to incorporate smart technology in the form of a phone charging pad, which is discreetly built into the sofa arm.

Buy the Java four-seater sofa from DFS

Read more: 5 of the best velvet sofas to suit any home

Bold tones

Barker and Stonehouse Conza Large Sofa in Plush Turmeric, £1099

Image: Barker and Stonehouse Conza Large Sofa in Plush Turmeric, £1099

Make a statement with warm and impactful hues this year to ensure that your sofa is the stand-out feature of your front-room. As we head towards Spring, we’re craving welcoming colours that radiate positivity and strength.

In a surprising move, PANTONE have named two selections for their Colour of the Year – one of which is Illuminating; ‘an optimistic promise of a sunshine filled day’. This warming yellow hue can be seen in the Conza Large Sofa from Barker and Stonehouse. It’s a prime example of how a bold burst of colour can really brighten up a room.

Buy the Conza Large Sofa from Barker and Stonehouse

Eco-friendly sofas

Sofology Pioneer 4 Seater Sofa, Plain Sage Green Geometric Mix, £1,499

Image: Sofology Pioneer 4 Seater Sofa, Plain Sage Green Geometric Mix, £1,499

With the ethical and environmental impact of our purchases weighing heavy on the minds of many, sustainability is sure to be a success story of the sofa trends of 2021. We want sofas that don’t just look good – but do good, too.

Featuring zero foam, 100% recyclable springs, sustainably sourced timber, and soft fabric made from recycled yarns, the new Pioneer sofa from Sofology is a prime example of how it’s possible to create a happy marriage between style and sustainability.

Buy the Pioneer 4 Seater Sofa from Sofology

Sleek and sophisticated sofas

Sofa.com Bowie 2.5 seat sofa in Monsoon brushed linen cotton, £1620, trend for 2021

Image: Sofa.com Bowie 2.5 seat sofa in Monsoon brushed linen cotton,

Linear in shape and design, this contemporary style of couch is simple yet chic, and ideal for the growing number of us who seek a sense of modern simplicity in our homes. Launching on the 9th February as part of the sofa.com SS21 collection, the Bowie and Reuben sofas are a perfect example of this minimalist yet impactful style.

Patricia Gibbons from the sofa.com design team adds: ‘We have expanded on our contemporary shape range this season with Bowie and Reuben – both clean-cut in design with sleek silhouettes for fuss-free living.’

Modular sofas

DFS Sofables velvet corner sofa configuration, £3,352 until 24th February 2021

Image: DFS Sofables velvet corner sofa configuration, £3,352 until 24th February 2021

The importance of adaptability is definitely something we’ve all come to know over the past year. As consumers, we’re looking more and more for modular furniture options that can keep up with our ever-changing needs – such as the new Sofables collection at DFS.

Read more: Top tips for buying a modular sofa

Head of Design at DFS, Rob Ellis, adds: ‘Modular ranges like our Sofables collection make it quick and easy to reconfigure your sofa into different shapes and seating arrangements, to suit the demands of the day. Consumers can also buy additional Sofables seats should they find themselves in need of extra seating space.’

Buy the Sofables velver corner sofa configuration from DFS

Naturals and neutrals

Snug Rebel Two Seater Sofa in Taupe Velvet with Brown Legs, £769

Image: Snug Rebel Two Seater Sofa in Taupe Velvet with Brown Legs, £769 

The events of 2020 understandably left many of us seeking a return to simpler times – and we’re set to express it through our sofas. Pining to disconnect from the uncertainty of our present time, we want our homes to evoke the essence of a retreat into nature.

Expect raw materials and natural, desert colours to dominate sofa trends in 2021, with earthy tones like clay, sand, ochre, terracotta and rust proving popular, and shapes that favour squishiness over structure. Upholstered in a soft taupe velvet and complete with brown solid wood legs, the Rebel 2 Seater Sofa from Snug is grounding, subtle, and perfect for feeling snug.

Buy the Snug Rebel Two Seater Sofa

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