Looking for the best modern sofa and couch trends of 2021? Check out this ultimate buying guide that will help you level up your home today!
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Ultimate Sofa and Couch Buying Guide
Through experience, I have learned that 99% of people start with the sofa and couch when designing their living room. You may be thinking isn’t the sofa and couch the same thing?
Why yes it is my friends!
Designers tend to say sofa while many homeowners call it a couch. That said I’ve included both terms in this resource guide.
When it comes to the history of the couch it is the same as the sofa and the terms are interchangeable. Again most of the interior design industry use the term sofa over the term couch.
What’s the difference between a Sofa and Couch?
The definition of each is the following:
A couch is a long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on. The term couch comes from the french word coucher which means to lie down.
A sofa is a long upholstered seat with a back and arms, for two or more people. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah. That term was defined as “a part of the floor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon”.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get into the sofa trends.
This post is all about the best sofa and couch trends of 2021.
Best Sofa and Couch Trends of 2021
Here is an interesting fact you may not know the average consumer buys a new sofa every six to seven years, a bed every ten, and a dining room set every 18-20. Crazy right!
Since the sofa and couch will be with you for at least seven years it’s important to choose wisely. You should do your homework and really research which is the best investment piece for your home. I mean let’s be real IT IS AN INVESTMENT.
In this post, you will see many styles and price points but the reality is you get what you pay for. A quality modern sofa will always last longer than a cheap inexpensive couch.
The design style and look you are after will determine which sofa is best for your living space. If you are looking for a timeless piece don’t go too trendy but do update your current sofa with a new style.
Here are some sofa and couch trends of 2021:
- Low-profile styles are still trending
- High-back sofas were shown at HPMKT as an emerging trend
- Texture in upholstery such as boucle and chenille
- Warm color palettes featuring dusty pinks, burnt oranges, and elegant browns
- Plush sofas the entire family can sink into
- Lucite accents
- Leather and fabric upholstery mixed in sofas in a monochromatic color scheme
- Stylish silhouettes that are curved, asymmetrical and sculptural
- The color black in upholstery
- Striking curves and color in sofas
Sofa and Couch Design Tips
No matter which style sofa you choose it is important to always start with a floor plan of your space. I know I sound like a broken record but without the floor plan, you will not know the exact size sofa you need.
This is especially important when you are shopping for a modular or sectional sofa. The worst thing that can happen is your sofa gets delivered and doesn’t fit in your space.
Trust me no one is happy when that happens!
Whether you are shopping online or in the furniture store images are deceiving. This is especially true when shopping in person.
You have to remember the lighting and scale of the store are NOT the same as the space in your home.
To begin the design process download this how-to-measure guide so you have a “map” to follow. This way you have a clear idea of the exact size sofa that will fit in your space.
Free Measure Download
Once you have an idea of the size of your sofa next you need to plan your budget. Unless money is no issue in which case shop till you drop!
Sofa and Couch Trends In Every Style And Budget
Here is a collection of all the blog post roundup images that have been pulled over the past year in the sofa category.
Whether you are looking for a pit sectional, velvet, high performance, curvy, bench seat, or any other style I have you covered.
Just click the image or Shop Now tab to be taken to the blog post that contains all the links and details of the sofas in the image.
Modular Pit Sectionals
What is a modular pit sectional?
A modular pit sectional is a sofa that is designed to be moved around and rearranged. Usually, the seating sections consist of the corner and armless centerpieces. The back and arms are the same height and the seat is the same height as the ottoman.
This sectional can be configured as an L-sectional, U-sectional, 3 piece sofa, and pit sectional. Some vendors offer sectional connectors to keep the pieces together while others do not.
If you want to create a new configuration the connectors can usually be removed. The beauty is that the pieces can be moved around depending on your needs and they fit together perfectly.
Novelty Fabric Sofa and Couch Trends
When it comes to fabrics for sofas and couches there are so many to choose from. Current trends in sofa fabrics are performance, boucle, and velvet. See below for details on each of these luxurious sofa fabrics.
What is Performance Fabric?
Fabrics that are easy to clean and hold up to the wear and tear of everyday life are called Performance Fabrics. These fabrics are longer lasting and better for the environment.
Three popular performance fabrics are:
- Sunbrella (popular in outdoor furniture)
Features of many performance fabrics include:
- Resist abrasion
- Beads liquids
- Rejects odors and bacteria
- Sustainable and doesn’t harm the planet
- Available in many textures, colors, and patterns
- Soft and luxurious
- Bleach cleanable
- Built-in UV protection
This is a great choice for high-traffic areas, outdoor spaces, and homes with pets and children. There are many styles available in these high-performance fabrics so definitely check them out when shopping for your new sofa and couch.
What is Boucle Sofa?
Bouclé is a heavy textile that is stylish and sophisticated. The fabric is made through a unique weaving process that creates a curly, knotted finish that is full of texture and a supremely soft feel. The twisted wool fibers are incredibly durable and versatile.
Traditionally made from wool, bouclé fabrics can also be constructed of other materials such as polyester, linen, cotton, or silk.
Bouclé is ideal for adding softness to sofas, chairs, window treatments, accent pillows, rugs, and more. The fabric’s unique look and feel contribute to its recent rise in popularity.
It’s also a staple in midcentury modern design bringing a cozy texture to upholstered furniture and accents in contemporary interiors.
Since Boucle is a woven loop fabric it looks bumpy from far away but is soft and comfortable from close up. You’ll never want to get up from your sofa with this material.
Despite what some may think velvet upholstery fabric is durable and strong. It is perfect for upholstering chairs, sofas, benches, and headboards.
Velvet is currently trending but has been around for centuries. This fabric will give your sofa and couch a lux look that is timeless.
There are also high-performance velvets such as Crypton Home. This fabric is super durable and features 100,000 to 200,000 double rubs. The Crypton finish makes the fabric water and stain-resistant.
Modern Sofa and Couch Styles
Chaise Sectional Sofas
I personally love a good chaise sectional couch. We have one in our living room and my husband is OBSESSED with it.
The chaise sectional is made up of half a normal sofa and half a chaise (a long chair designed for putting your feet up). The longer section that extends out is called the chaise.
The name of the chaise sofa is determined by looking directly at the sectional sofa. If you want the chaise on the right side that would be called a Right Arm Facing (RAF) sectional or sectional facing right. The Left Arm Facing (LAF) sectional would have the chaise on the left-hand side when facing the sofa.
To make an impact in your living room design consider the curved sofa. It is a chic solution with a vintage-inspired vibe.
A curved sofa will not only open your room up but will soften the edges in your space as well. The elegant curves of the couch are designed for socializing and great conversations.
Curved sofas and couches are perfect to make a statement and add personality to your contemporary design.
Bench Seat Sofa
The bench seat sofa is another style I personally have in my home. It is when the cushion covers the entire seating area of the sofa, couch, or sectional. The back cushions will still have either two or three cushions unless it is a tight back that has no cushions.
If your look is modern contemporary the bench seat sofa is the way to go. Not only is it a stylish sofa but it is super comfy too.
Unique Sofa and Couch Styles
The sleeper sofa is awesome for those who have frequent overnight guests. These are definitely not your grandma’s sleeper couch. Most styles these days look the same if not better than the classic sofa design.
A sleeper couch is a sofa with a mattress that pulls out and converts into a bed. The hidden mattress can be pulled or folded out.
The comfort and style will vary and mattresses are either gel, inflatable, or Tempur-Pedic.
Colored Sofa Trend
One way to make a statement in your home is by adding a colored sofa. If you are looking to go a little more trendy or fashionable then you may want to consider choosing a color.
I love blush pink but would only choose that in my home if it was at a lower price point because I like to change things often. If you pay less you can always sell the sofa and then purchase something else.
When you invest in a quality sofa most people tend to keep it for several years. Remember you can reupholster the sofa in the future if you get tired of the look.
A colored sofa will make a statement and have a great impact on your interior design. If you are the daring type then by all means GO BOLD OR GO HOME!
Modern Grey Couch Styles
While the “grey trend” may be at the end of its life cycle (don’t shoot the messenger), the sofa color is still the most popular of this season. Pink and blue follow closely behind grey with beige, white, and green all crowd favorites.
The neutral grey sofa is the perfect backdrop for any contemporary living room design. It works beautifully whether you are after a monochromatic color scheme or one with a pop of color.
The above link features resources in a variety of styles, materials, and price points. Grey is a pretty neutral color and despite what the “experts” say it’s still a fan favorite!
Affordable Sofa and Couch Resources
This next section is a collection of modern sofa and couch styles for under a price point. For example affordable sofas under $500 or stylish couches under $2000. If you know your budget and want to see your modern sofa options check out the links above.
I pulled together my favorites by price and will continue to add more so do check back often.
Sofa and Couch Styles
When it comes to choosing the perfect sofa there are so many parts to consider. You need to decide the size, color, style, arms, legs, fill, and all the details.
Unless you worked in a furniture store you’ve probably never heard of half of these sofa arm styles. The more popular ones are the rolled, saddle, slope, panel, and track arm.
I personally love a modern track arm but if that’s not your jam there are so many others to choose from.
Pet Couch Styles
I recently added this category of pet sofas because they are just super cute!
When it comes to our pets they quickly become a part of the family. Whether you are a new dog owner or a seasoned veteran I’m sure you can relate.
If you are like me then you love your pet but do NOT allow them on your sofa. This is especially the case if it’s a newly purchased couch. High-performance fabric sofa or not my rule is no pets allowed.
When it comes to pet sofa beds there are so many colors, materials, and styles to choose from. As usual, I pulled together my favorites that are perfect no matter your budget.
And that is a wrap, my friends. This is one long-ass post about all the unique sofa resources available for your next project. I hope this gave you ideas and inspiration to get started today!
Have an amazing day full of Unicorns & Rainbows!
This post is all about the best sofa and couch trends of 2021.