Sofa Trends

Welcome to the world of comfort and style where sofas are more than just a seating option—they’re a statement! As we dive into 2024, the sofa trends are evolving in exciting ways, bringing fresh ideas into our living spaces. From embracing clean lines to infusing the tranquility of nature’s palette, this year’s trends are all about blending aesthetics with coziness.

Join us as we explore the latest in sofa styles, where each piece tells a story, and every line and colour choice can transform your home into a trendy haven. Let’s uncover the sofa trends that are set to redefine living rooms in 2024.

Did you know that Calgary Interiors does custom furniture? We love helping people get that exact right piece for their home. We have a number of different examples that you can look at in our portfolio. We also would love to hear from you about your sofa needs, or any custom furniture needs. On our custom furniture page you can see our latest work, and then contact us to let us know what your dream piece is.

>Clean lines

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As we step into 2024, the realm of interior design is witnessing a significant shift towards simplicity and sophistication, with clean lines emerging as a dominant trend in sofa styles. This year, it’s all about embracing the sleek and streamlined – a nod to the minimalist aesthetic that prioritizes uncluttered spaces and emphasizes quality over quantity.

The clean-lined sofa trend is a response to the growing desire for serene and unobtrusive living spaces that evoke calmness and order in our often hectic lives. These sofas are characterized by their straight, crisp lines and lack of ornate detailing, making them a perfect fit for modern, contemporary, and even transitional interiors. Their simple form allows them to blend seamlessly into various decor themes without overpowering the room.

But don’t mistake simplicity for a lack of character. These sofas can make a bold statement through their shape, color, and texture. Whether it’s a plush velvet finish in a jewel tone, a classic leather in a neutral hue, or a soft fabric in an eye-catching color, clean-lined sofas offer versatility and elegance. They serve as the perfect canvas for your personal style to shine through, be it in the form of vibrant throw pillows, cozy blankets, or minimalist decor elements.

Moreover, the beauty of clean lines lies in their timeless appeal. Unlike more ornate designs that can go in and out of fashion, a clean-lined sofa is a long-term investment that will continue to hold its value and appeal in the years to come.

As we embrace the new design ethos of 2024, incorporating a clean-lined sofa into your living space is not just about keeping up with a trend; it’s about making a choice for enduring style and understated elegance. It’s a statement that says less is more, where the focus is on comfort, functionality, and the art of subtle sophistication.

> Natural Colours

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Natural colours are another one of the trends we are seeing for sofa design in the year 2024. Shades of greens and other earthy tones– such as sand or muted browns– are staging their comeback. In fact, many experts are pointing to green as this year’s “neutral” colour in interior design. Since greens are not necessarily bold colours, depending upon their saturation, you can get a green couch and then build your colour scheme around it without feeling like your living room is too bright or garish.

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You can either choose to play greens down with other natural colours, like browns, greys, or taupes, or you can play up their appeal for maximum impact with other bright and splashy colours. Green tones are surprisingly versatile, which you may not have expected!

> Single CUshion Sofa

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A standout sofa trend is the single-cushion sofa, which is making waves for its unique blend of cozy appeal and practicality. This design eliminates the hassle of multiple cushions and offers an inviting ‘stay awhile’ feel, making it a perfect addition to any modern living space. Ideal for those who value both aesthetics and ease of maintenance, the single-cushion sofa is a testament to the shift towards more streamlined and user-friendly furniture design trends in 2024.

> Modular Sofas: The Enduring Trend of 2024

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In the fast-paced world of interior design, certain trends have a staying power that transcends the yearly change, and modular sofas are one such trend. Heading into 2024, modular sofas are not just in style; they are a preferred choice for many due to their versatility and adaptability to various living spaces and lifestyle needs.

What sets modular sofas apart is their ability to be reconfigured to suit different spaces and occasions. Whether you’re moving to a new home, renovating your current space, or simply need a change, a modular sofa can be rearranged to fit your new layout. This makes them a practical and economical choice, eliminating the need for frequent furniture replacements.

Additionally, the modular design caters to the modern desire for personalized interior decor. You can mix and match different sections to create a unique setup that reflects your personal style and meets your specific requirements. Whether it’s adding a chaise lounge for extra comfort or incorporating more seats for a growing family, the possibilities are endless.

> Clashing Colours or Prints

As we begin to move away from neutrals and the design mentality of “all white everything”, many designers are beginning to embrace more of a maximalist approach. One way they are doing so is by deliberately choosing mismatched and clashing cushions, whether it is the colours or the prints that clash with the colour or print of the sofa. This catches the eye and is a bold move– certainly not for the faint of heart! That being said, clashing colours and prints can be perfect for those who have an edgier aesthetic and do not want their home to look like a staged space in a magazine.

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Mixing prints, textures, and colours is also a surefire way to add visual interest to any space– it feels more personal and unique, too. If you choose to mix prints, you do have a lot of wiggle room here, because the prints that you have to choose from can vary so greatly!

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> Trending Fabrics

If you are looking at the different fabric options for your sofa, you may be overwhelmed by what you find! There are plenty of fabric choices out there, but whether or not they are still on trend and will look fresh and cool in your home is another thing entirely!

For instance, performance fabrics were once at the height of the interior design world, but they are now being replaced by sustainable fabrics and more soft furnishings, which are more appealing to today’s market. Below, we will discuss some of the sofa fabrics that are trending today. 

Consumers are looking for healthier alternatives in all walks of life, from the food that they eat to the materials that they use in their homes– and your living room is no exception! Sustainable fabrics are gaining popularity as the fashion industry shifts towards more environmentally friendly practices. These fabrics, often made from natural materials, are designed to have a lower environmental impact during their production and throughout their lifecycle. Here are some examples:

Organic Cotton: Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown without harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. It’s a natural material that’s better for the environment and for the people who cultivate and process it.
Bamboo Fabric: Bamboo grows quickly and doesn’t require pesticides or much water. The fabric made from bamboo is soft, breathable, and biodegradable. However, it’s important to note that the process of converting bamboo into fabric can vary in environmental friendliness.
Hemp: Hemp is a highly sustainable crop that grows without needing much water or pesticides. It produces a durable, breathable fabric that softens with each wash.
Linen: Made from flax plants, linen is a classic sustainable fabric. Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton. Linen is strong, naturally moth resistant, and biodegradable when untreated.
Tencel (Lyocell): Tencel is made from wood pulp, typically from sustainably harvested trees. The production process is closed-loop, meaning almost all the chemicals and water used are recycled.
Wool: Ethically sourced wool is considered sustainable due to its natural origins, durability, and biodegradability. Look for certifications like RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) to ensure responsible practices.
Peace Silk (Ahimsa Silk): Traditional silk production involves boiling the silkworms in their cocoons. Peace Silk allows the silkworm to emerge from the cocoon and complete its natural lifecycle.

Each of these fabrics offers a blend of sustainability, functionality, and style, making them excellent choices for conscious fashion and eco-friendly products. Remember, the sustainability of a fabric also depends on the entire production and supply chain, including how the raw materials are sourced, processed, dyed, and finished.

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Boucle is one textile that you may not have heard of before. Its name comes from the French language and means “curl”. The fabric is made with a loop yarn and is easily recognizable by its soft, nubby texture. If you are still struggling to place boucle in your mind, think of the iconic Chanel skirt and jacket set. These were often made using tweed or boucle.

Boucle can be a great choice for upholstery because it wears well and does not crease over time as easily as some other textiles. It can also make a space look tailored and chic. However, if you have small children or pets, you may risk snagging due to the loop texture of this fabric.

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Here’s an example of a custom made boucle outoman in cream

Velvet is an upholstery fabric that has been around and has been popular for the past few years, and it is still enduring now. As the living room designs of the 1960s and 1970s continue to rise in popularity, homeowners reach for fabrics that remind them of this era and can help to convey the lushness and opulence they are trying to imbue the space with. In interior design, we are also moving away from the stark and overly modern design trends of years past, so velvet helps to give a sofa– or the whole room!– a softer and more lived in feel.

There are plenty of colour options to choose from, so you can make your velvet sofa as bold or as elegant and understated as you’d like.

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This velvet couch adds a bold pop to the room, yet it’s still soft enough blended with earthly colours

Leather is another classic sofa textile that is not likely to go away anytime soon. It can give a room a more masculine feel, typically, but now there are also more colour options available, so you can choose a colour that tempers the masculinity of the textile to better fit your space.

Natural design elements are a big trend in interior decorating right now, so the organic nature of the leather helps to pull this trend into your living room space. It can look great in a Scandinavian inspired room with lots of plants and natural light, or in a more tailored home with clean modern fixtures. Leather is a fairly durable sofa material, too, though it can be scratched or punctured if you have pets that have sharp nails or claws!

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We love a good camel coloured sofa! It gives you the ability to use so many different accent colours in the room – including the rug, throw pillows and throws

Ready to elevate your living space with a sofa that’s uniquely yours?

Calgary Interiors specializes in exceptional quality craftsmanship and bespoke design, crafting the custom sofa of your dreams. Our expert team is ready to transform your vision into a stunning reality, tailored to fit your style and comfort needs. Don’t settle for ordinary – contact us today and let’s create something extraordinary together!

> Throw Pillows

Regardless of the fabric you choose for your sofa, or the silhouette that the piece of furniture is built in, your sofa can certainly benefit from a well placed throw pillow– or several! Throw pillows are a great, and sometimes forgotten, way for homeowners to personalize their living room space just that little bit more. While sofas come with their own set of limitations, you can find throw pillows in all sizes, shapes, and colours under the sun.

You can even choose to make them yourself with fabrics that you purchase at your local craft store! We discuss some of the ways to utilize throw pillows in your living room space below.

This is more of a sofa accessory trend than a sofa trend, but it is one that we are seeing a lot of. If you do not know what a bolster cushion is, it is a long, low cushion that was traditionally used for back support while sitting on the couch or in bed. Now, they are being incorporated into living room design because of their cylindrical, sculptural shape. They can either be upholstered to match the sofa, or could be upholstered with a contrasting colour or print to add more visual interest to your setup, as well as adding function and comfort!

Many people are being drawn to bolster cushions because they are classic, but still add an unusual and unexpected element to your sofa without being over the top.  

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Throw pillows can be a great way for you to accent your sofa– there is a reason that they are also called accent pillows! One way that you can do this is to choose pillows that are upholstered with a different fabric than your couch. If you do this, there are so many combinations of fabrics or colours that you can either make the combination bold and maximalist, or you can choose softer, neutral colours and avoid mixing too many textiles for a more subdued approach. This can also be a good way for you to implement a fabric that you loved for the space, but that was not practical for upholstering your entire sofa. For example, if you have pets, you may not want to get a boucle sofa, but can purchase boucle throw pillows to accent the couch instead. 

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You may also find that you love a certain colour or print, but that it does not work within your space on a large scale. Instead, you can purchase a pillow in that shade or that utilizes that print to still display it in your space, but in a more subtle way. For instance, you may love a particular shade of red, but feel that it would be too overwhelming if you upholstered your whole sofa in this colour. Instead, you can arrange a pillow– or a few of them– in this shade on the couch. This can also be helpful approach for colours or prints that are not practical or would not hold up to the daily strain you put on your sofa. For example, if you allow your dog onto the couch, a print that has a white background may become stained and discoloured over time, due to the exposure to dirt and grime from outdoors.

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Looking for toss cushions?

At Calgary Interiors, we have a vast array of designer created, conscious, toss cushions to add a little colour & comfort to your home. The inserts are a true down/feather blend, incased with an organic cotton ticking.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the furniture style for 2024?

2024 is seeing a resurgence of a lot of the furniture that was popular in the 1970s, like curved furniture that incorporates soft lines. Nature colours, like muted greens and deep, rich brown and orange tones are also gaining popularity. 

What are the sofa colours for 2024?

  1. Earthy Tones: Shades like olive green, burnt orange, and terracotta are expected to be popular, reflecting a growing trend towards nature-inspired interiors.
  2. Neutral Palettes: Warm neutrals, including various shades of beige, grey, and off-white, will likely continue to be a mainstay for their versatility and timeless appeal.
  3. Bold Blues: From deep navy to brighter hues, blue sofas can add a splash of color while still maintaining a sophisticated feel.
  4. Warm Reds: Rich, warm reds, such as burgundy or rust, can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
  5. Sage Green: As an extension of the earthy tones trend, sage green offers a calming, nature-inspired aesthetic.
  6. Pastel Shades: Soft pinks, light blues, and mint greens, providing a subtle yet fresh pop of color.
  7. Jewel Tones: Colors like emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst can bring a sense of luxury and depth to your living space.
  8. Sunny Yellows: Bright and cheerful, yellow sofas can energize a room and are perfect for those wanting to make a bold statement.

How do I update my living room for 2024?

To update your living room in 2024, consider embracing the latest trends and incorporating elements that reflect contemporary styles. Start by choosing a color palette inspired by nature, as earthy tones are on the rise. Opt for furniture with clean lines and understated elegance, like single-cushion sofas, which are both trendy and practical.

Add touches of luxury through textured fabrics or plush rugs. Incorporate smart technology for convenience and energy efficiency. Finally, personalize your space with unique artwork or decorative items that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Remember, the key is to create a balance between functionality, comfort, and style.

What is the new decor trend for 2024?

One of the big decor trends in 2024 is bringing the outdoors indoors– this trend has been at the forefront for the past few years, but is not going away in 2024, either! It is perfect because it also implements some of the colour trends of 2024, as shades of green are becoming very popular as sofa colours. 

For more home trends, check out our blog on living room trends and post covid office design trends