The living room is often thought of as the heart of the home and the sofa is usually the centrepiece of the room; a place where we snuggle up to watch a film on TV or chat with our family and friends. The sofa has undergone many transformations over the years and interior designers know that the sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in our homes, so they are constantly changing the designs, colours, materials and styles used for sofas, giving us more choice than ever before.
Sofas are designed to last for years, so picking one for your living room can actually be quite a difficult decision, because you want something that’s stylish, but will also pass the test of time. Each season interior designers let us know what the biggest trends are for the coming months and how you can easily update the look of your living room simply by replacing one item of furniture.
Here are some of the best sofa trends for 2012, but the big question is whether or not these styles will last longer than one season.
While interior decoration trends are moving towards lighter, brighter and bolder colours, sofa designs are leaning towards the minimalist style. Chic, sleek white sofas are one of the favourite styles of the Spring/Summer 2012 season, and are reflective of the cool, cold weather that comes with spring.
Snowy white designs contrast soft, cosy suedes and beautiful leather with modern, clean lines and, although they don’t look like the most comfortable of sofas, because of their structured, square designs, deep cushions do help to add cosiness. White isn’t the most practical of colours though, so if you have pets or children you might want to try a different trend as stains will most definitely show up, should grubby fingers and dirty paws wreak havoc on your sofa.
Interior design trends are often like fashion trends; they go to extremes. While modern, minimalistic sofas are going to be popular, if you’re a lover of bright colours then you won’t be disappointed. Sofa trends are very much reflecting the fashion trend of colour blocking and bright, one coloured sofas are going to be featuring heavily in 2012.
The most popular colours are pillarbox red, sunny yellows and cobalt blue. These are designed to be integrated into brightly decorated rooms for that essential colour blocking look. How you choose to block your colours is up to you, but popular combinations include red and pink and yellow and blue. The styles of these primary coloured sofas will be big and plush, with high, curved backs and deep seats.
Patterns and prints are also big news for Spring/Summer 2012, but the prints are very specific. Floral patterns are very popular, but they are appearing in colour popping combinations like pale eggshell blue with a fuchsia pink print and mustard yellows with pale, delicate greens. While this is a trend for sofas, floral prints are more likely to be seen on individual morning chairs with high backs and deep seats, and would be perfect for adding a retro feel to your living room.
If you’re looking for a new sofa for 2012 then take a look online to get the best idea of the biggest trends for the year but be sure to pick something that you’ll love for years to come because, while it might be popular today, in a few months’ time you might regret buying a very distinct sofa.