New sofa trends the New Decade – Part 2


Thank you for all the positive feedback from the first part of my trends series looking at new colour and pattern trends. I’m super excited to carry on discussing one of the most important pieces of furniture in our home. Let’s take a look at new sofa trends for 2020 and beyond.

When I start my research and development to a living room project the sofa and armchairs are always the main features of the room. When working with stylist’s they’ll often ask, “What is the ‘hero ‘ in the room?” and in my opinion, it has to be the sofa or the armchair.

Sofas and armchairs are also some of the most expensive items in the room. So it is time to choose carefully. Buy the best quality you can afford as well as something you absolutely love.

A I mentioned in my previous blog, mindfulness, wellbeing and a connection with nature are all more evident in the design trends we see in the stores today. This is why I feel curves are very on-trend. Sofa trends for 2020 are more rounded as we step away from square rigid designs, leaning more towards fluid curves and round objects that echo the shapes found in nature.

Let’s explore this further…


‘Today, more than ever before, we need to relax’, said Eero Saarinen in 1948 when he launched his womb chair.

72 years later the Womb chair has made a comeback and sees a relaunch with a beautiful sheepskin version by Knoll. I found this one at The Conran Shop on Marylebone high street. The sheepskin Womb chair is a limited edition designed by Finnish-American industrial designer Eero Saarinen,

Sheepskin Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen

Another armchair that I really love and which perfectly illustrates the new armchair trends for 2020 is Tom Dixon’s FAT chair. Compact in size it could also be used as a hallway or dressing room chair as well as a statement feature piece in your living room. Whilst it may not be love at first sight I urge you to try this one out. It is super cool and super comfortable. This is the kind of statement piece that in my opinion will last for decades.

The Fat Chair by Tom Dixon

As we look towards more sustainable ways to design our homes we need to think more about investing in these statement heirloom pieces of furniture. These design-led pieces rarely show their age. If for any reason you do tire of them in your home they will hold their value and can be sold on. Some may even become highly sought after collector’s pieces in the future.

To try them out take a visit to Tom Dixon’s showroom at the Coaldrops Yard in Kings Cross. The showroom is really inspiring and you’ll see the chairs in situ in his restaurant The Coal Office. This is really worth a night out. If you can get a seat at the bar you’ll be thanking me for this tip!

My next armchair choice is the Hepworth armchair & pouf by Love your Home in Boucle fabric. This is a chunky piece of furniture. It will suit a spacious room so if you have one go and try it out. I defy anyone not to enjoy sitting in front of the fire on a cold night with a warm hot chocolate in this cosy chair.

Hepworth Armchair by Love Your Home

On my travels through Harrods I came across an armchair called the Husk by B&B Italia, it is the snuggliest chair I think I have ever sat on. See my Facebook page for images and videos.


Neutral sofas are being pushed aside to make way for ‘The Statement Sofa. A new burst of colour replaces easily on the eye grey sofas that we were so comfortable with over the last decade

Velvet is becoming increasingly popular now thanks to the technological advances and the easy-care ranges that most sofa companies offer. Boucle has been around for many years but is suddenly right on trend as seen at many of this season’s design shows. It is also a new type of fabric offering the texture with a modern contemporary feel and easy care quality.

The Parisian vintage look is event stronger this year. Taking a lead from the colours, soft curves and organic shapes of Art Noveau décor, the round curved sofas in Blues or Green velvets are really making a huge impact.

Round Vintage Sofa

One tip I would like to share with you. When purchasing any vintage sofas or arm chair take a good look at the legs. Legs are an important element in a design to any piece of furniture, especially vintage pieces. My personal favourite style to look for is pieces which feature elegantly shaped black metal legs.

When it comes to making a statement the Roche Bobois Bubble collection is so cute. It comes in multiple options of colours. If you check my IGTV channel on Instagram you will see me showing this collection. This is one spectacular sofa. The playful shapes are perfect to have in a fun luxe play room or even a cinema room.

Roche Bobois Bubble Collection

So there it is comfortable curvy shapes, cosy textures and colour will have a huge impact on sofa trends for 2020 and beyond. Do you have a favourite armchair or sofa from my selection? I’d love to hear which one you like most. Please leave me a comment to let me know.

In part 3 of my series of new design trends, I’ll be talking about design trends for 2020 in kitchens and bathrooms. If you’d like help with your perfect sofa choices, take a look at my interior design services.

Signing out for now