Top 4 sofa design trends for 2016


The living room is where friends and family come together to sit back and relax. It goes without saying that the sofa takes pride of place.

If you’re thinking about buying a new sofa for your living room, make sure you’re on trend by reading this expert advice first.

Thiart Nortjé from leading furniture retailer, Rochester, tells us all about the top trends driving sofa design …


Classical inspiration

Reinvention has become the driving force behind the trendiest couches – finding its inspiration from classical styles from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Today’s top styles are a mix of new and old looks with some serious doses of contemporary undertones thrown in to add a bit of current flavour to the mix.

The Pacyfico sofa, for example, takes its inspiration from sofa designs of the ‘50s, but offers a uniquely modern flavour for added impact.

Solid colours

Solid-coloured fabric sofas are making a big comeback. They have become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, including being more affordable, and offering added comfort, but perhaps the biggest reason is their sheer versatility.

Solid-coloured fabric sofas can blend in with virtually any style and they are amazingly easy to customise. By choosing a fabric that represents your taste preferences, you can really transform a classic sofa into an eye-catching item that speaks volumes about your personal sense of style. The Clovis sofa from Rochester, for example, makes a bold statement in turquoise.

Lovely legs

There is something definitively elegant about a sofa that stands on thin graceful legs. Drawing on inspiration from the past, any sofa with thin legs creates a lighter, more sophisticated aesthetic appeal.

Whether the legs are chrome for a more contemporary appeal, or wooden, such as those featured on Rochester’s Selby sofa, the look is undeniably chic. They are especially suited to smaller living areas, as thin legs make the sofa seem more delicate, adding to the illusion of more space.


Slip into something comfortable

Practicality remains an important driving force behind today’s design trends, and, as a result, sofas with slipcovers have become increasingly sought after.

Offering a definitive shabby-chic aesthetic, slipcover sofas also allow you to remove and clean them whenever necessary – ensuring added longevity to the lifespan of your sofa.

Sofas with slipcovers, such as the Perla sofa from Rochester, are a great choice for living spaces that have to endure the often-brutal onslaught of children and pets.



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