Designers have about 50 basic styles that are used today for interior decoration, as well as many of their branches and variations. It is necessary to understand the styles of sofas in order to be able to choose it correctly to the rest of the elements of your interior.
21st Century Modern Trends
A modern interpretation of technostyle, literally from English. high-tech translates as "high technology."
High-tech sofas or lounge sofas are characterized by simplicity of geometric shapes and calm, solid colors. Most often, black, white, gray, silver and metallic are preferred.
Wood is used extremely rarely; rather, the sofa can be on metal chromed legs, which will overlap with other elements of the interior. For upholstery using modern high-tech fabrics.
Today, Loft has become one of the modern styles that are recreated in ordinary apartments, using its canonical elements - brickwork, concrete walls, open communications.
As for the sofas, preference is given to concise models of bright colors. To create, incompatible at first glance materials are used - plastic and stainless steel in combination with genuine leather upholstery.
Style came into fashion in the early twentieth century. Its creators were inspired by the aesthetics of Cubism and the ethnic styles of African and Native American peoples. It is a mixture of geometric shapes, exotic materials, ethnic and floral prints, which together turn into a certain element of luxury.
Unusual natural materials were traditionally used to create furniture - ivory, noble breeds of trees, bamboo, for upholstery - exotic leather of shark, stingray, crocodile, eel.
Today, few can afford such a luxury, so in mass production, manufacturers resort to imitating noble materials.
The style was created as opposed to urbanism, for those who are tired of artificial Hi-tech and striving back to nature.
To create sofas, only natural materials and natural colors are used. They can have knots, a special texture of the tree and repeat its natural forms. It is unlikely to be soft - more often eco-sofas resemble roughly hewn unpolished benches without any decor, however, removable pillows with covers made of natural materials may lie on top.
The sofa in a marine style is ideal for a country house, because such elements in the interior create a feeling of summer and relaxation.
This is an ordinary soft sofa with upholstery made of white-blue textile or brown leather, which may have the effect of aging and scuffing. It must be supplemented by other "marine" interior elements - wicker baskets, anchors, ropes, shells and more.
Patchwork is patchwork, this style is now incredibly popular. A sofa with patchwork upholstery looks good in any style, it can be either cute and simple, or very elegant and stylish.
You can buy a ready-made sofa with such upholstery, or you can update the old one by stitching a cover from small pieces of fabric.
This style is very distinctive, rich, replete with bold colors. He does not have any rules, the main thing is that the interior in the apartment reflects your own essence.
The sofa should be squat, wide and certainly comfortable, simple in shape without any frills that will overload the interior.
Give preference to upholstery of natural flowers that are pleasing to the eye. Shades of berries, sky, sea and flowers are welcome.
This retro style is back in fashion, but it’s not charming to recreate an apartment-like atmosphere reminiscent of a Soviet-era apartment. It will be enough to borrow some elements from there, including a sofa.
It should be compact, without excessive decor, but at the same time with a different shape. Strict and angular, fantasy, with smooth bends are popular. They are united by the concept - the sofa must be on its legs, usually wooden, but chrome options are possible. Thanks to them, he will look easy and elegant.
This style is brutal and functional, so it is ideal for men.
A sofa in a military style should be strict geometric shape, a little rude. Finishing should be done in the style of minimalism. Made of leather or canvas, it can be decorated with elements of heraldry.
This is a mix of different modern styles, which are characterized by a bold combination of shapes, colors and textures. It is distinguished by its unpredictability and the complete absence of style frames - anything can mix.
Thus, there is no direct fusion sofas; it is an interior style in which, for example, an English-style sofa and a boho-covered armchair can coexist.
To make your apartment look stylish and not tasteless, give preference to simple shapes, but bright and rich colors that will blend well with each other.
Steampunk is the era of steam engines, which over time has become a popular interior style. He denies the use of synthetic materials and accepts only natural ones.
Most importantly, a steampunk-style sofa cannot be made in a contemporary style, preferably if it is not very new. You can buy it at a flea market or at an antique store - restored, in good condition.
A relatively new style, also called "shabby chic." It is especially popular among lovers of vintage and light carelessness in the interior.
The upholstery should be velvet or leather, the base is wooden, the hardware is metal (preferably bronze). The classic English Chester sofa model is perfect.
As a rule, sofas have artificially aged, shabby legs and armrests, which evokes a special atmosphere of bohemian chic.
Light colors prevail; they can be either plain white or floral print.
This style has regained popularity today, it was created on the basis of the traditions of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Classical sofas are necessarily decorated with carvings, overlays, other pathos decor, and gilding.
For the manufacture only natural materials are used, there can be no imitations of wood. Additionally, they are decorated with floral patterns or images of heroes from myths.
The most classic model is an elegant guest sofa that will never go out of style.
Gothic style sofas are rather heavy, with geometric armrests and a high back. The sofa must be decorated with carvings with floral and architectural motifs. Additionally, the sofa can be decorated with a canopy mounted on spiers.
For the manufacture of using natural wood, iron or bronze fittings and fit them with genuine leather, which today sometimes began to replace artificial.
When creating furniture in this style, impressive elements of decor were always used. Among them are skillful carvings, metal figures and mosaics from several species of wood.
The legs of the sofas have a complex shape, often they are made in the form of animal paws. For upholstery, brocade, tapestry materials, silk and velvet are used.
In each country, Baroque found its manifestation, for example, Russian Baroque is popular in ours. To understand what it is, it is enough to recall the surroundings of folk tales - all the furniture is decorated with carvings and colorful paintings. This style of creating already modern sofas has been preserved to this day.
This style was a great exquisite end to the Baroque era. Such models of sofas appeared as “canapes” (in the form of several connected chairs), “chaise lounge”, “berter” (deep chair). Sofas should be not only beautiful, but also comfortable.
Carved patterns, stucco moldings, cupid masks are always present in the decoration. Since there was a fashion for China during this period, silk tapestries depicting flowers, pagodas, and the Chinese themselves in traditional clothes are used for upholstery.
The name of this style is translated from French as "luxurious", it originated in France during the reign of Napoleon. It is characterized by calm and orderliness; in the interior there are always many mirrors, columns and cornices.
In sofas, the role of legs is played by lion paws, spears, shields and other elements of military paraphernalia. In the creation of traditional models, mahogany is used, modern sofas cost imitation.
Antique motifs are necessarily present in the decoration. The upholstery ornament may include figures of people and animals, spears, arrows, laurel wreaths.
Wooden surfaces are smooth, polished to a shine, lined with bronze and gilding. The color scheme is bright - red, blue, white, dark colors, always with the presence of gold.
This style has several branches, one of them is the Stalinist Empire, which originated in the USSR in the 30-50s, but is still popular. This style is luxurious and majestic, especially pompous, because it incorporates the most chic features of Baroque, Napoleonic Empire, late Classicism and Art Deco.
All the furniture of this era, as a rule, is dark in color; it plays in contrast with light walls. Sofas are made of natural wood with quilted leather or tapestry upholstery. They are designed in strict execution, without excessive decor and grace, they feel the monumentality and grandeur of a bygone era.
A very eclectic style that mixed Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Empire and Neoclassicism. In addition, during this heyday, people began to travel a lot, so elements of styles from distant countries that were assimilated into one “oriental style” began to be added to European styles.
For the manufacture of sofas, noble species of trees of red shades are used. For upholstery, burgundy, blue, green, brown plush was used, gilding was widely used.
Modern or Art Nouveau
The era of Modernity dates to the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries Its main principle is back to nature, therefore, flowers and plants, swans, flowing forms with stylish stylization are used in the decoration. Modern materials — metal, glass — are beginning to be used, but wood is not abandoned.
Sofas are decorated with floral patterns with smooth wavy combinations. The color scheme is delicate, pastel - ashen, pale pink, blue, light green.
The style got its name due to the fact that Old England conquered new territories, founded colonies in different parts of the world, made changes to their interior and borrowed the characteristic design features from them.
Colonial style involves the use of exclusively natural materials and unusual interior elements.
It is important that you can choose different models of sofas, the choice is not limited. But they certainly should be made in vintage style. For example, it can be a sofa with a classic massive frame, leather upholstery, complemented by colored pillows.
As in the Country style, natural materials are used here, simplicity and environmental friendliness are welcome. The chalet does not focus on trifles, it is more practical and concise.
The Chalet-style sofa is somewhat rude; it should be predominantly aged, of a simple shape, with genuine leather upholstery.
This style has a special magnetism, has its own magic and enchanting atmosphere. It includes many popular styles, both Arab and Asian. Each of them has its own special unique qualities, so it is difficult to confuse it with any other. Consider the most popular areas:
Sofas made in the Japanese style have clear concise lines, a minimum of decor and nothing more. They are always made in bright light colors, which contributes to the pacification and relaxation.
Very similar to Japanese, but more vibrant and colorful. Sofas are usually quite low, made of dark wood, decorated with red upholstery with gold patterns.
The main rule is that all the furniture in the room, including the sofa, should be arranged according to Feng Shui.
Turkish-style sofas are full of bright colors, have ornate ornaments and intricate patterns. Often there are carved jewelry.
The upholstery is necessarily made of textiles - expensive and high-quality, decorated with embroidery and gold.
When creating furniture, only natural materials are used, sofas are usually very low, soft, with plush or textile upholstery, which is full of bright colors.
The sofa itself can be monophonic, but it will definitely have a lot of colorful pillows that will delight the eye.
This is not just a piece of furniture - it is a real work of art that gives the interior a special oriental luxury.
Sofas in the style of African safari are quite heavy, slightly rough, they are made of natural wood and have upholstery from animal skins or imitating animal color.
However, it should be as similar to natural as possible, since artificial materials are practically not used - everything natural, slightly rude and brutal.
The interior in the Indian style looks bright and harmonious, it involves the use of natural materials with the mandatory presence of handmade. Interior items are made of ivory, stone, wood.
The sofa can be wooden, with elements of delicate carving or rattan wicker. It should be complemented by bright multi-colored pillows that emphasize the unique flavor.
The Scandinavian-style sofa is designed in a minimalist style, while at the same time it is reliable and practical. This piece of furniture is a key element in the interior of the living room. It should have at the same time a unique stylish design with concise lines and be convenient and comfortable.
The walls in the Scandinavian interior are usually white, so the sofa serves as a bright accent in the room. It can be red, blue, green, mustard and black.
Under the Mediterranean mean two styles - Italian and Greek. Consider both of them.
The style is characterized by sophistication and luxury, expressed in sunny soft shades. Upholstered furniture is not traditional for this style, it appeared much later, but in a modern interior it is impossible to do without a sofa.
The sofa should be low, with a rounded headboard and large armrests, and to make it look like true Italian furniture, you need to choose a model with the appropriate textile decoration in warm dark beige colors.
Preference is given to a snow-white color, which is complemented by bright blue with a splash of yellow and terracotta. The sofa is usually made of rough unprocessed wood, which may have a faded effect.
This style has always been a model of elegance and chic, as it remains to this day. In particular, the sofa remains not just comfortable upholstered furniture, but also the main element in the interior.
This is a carved model on elegant legs in the style of Marie Antoinette. Its luxuriousness is emphasized by the luxurious upholstery in satin, silk or velvet.
The English style itself is considered one of the classic directions, as it is just as seasoned and elegant. Using at least one of its elements in the interior of your home, such as a sofa, you can bring real British charm to your living room, worthy of the best houses in London.
The traditional model for the English style is the Chesterfield sofa, which is very popular. It has a characteristic shape and recognizable quilted elements that make it unlike all other models. Preference is usually given to dark leather upholstery.
A very multinational style, in which the styles of different peoples, immigrating to America from Europe, were mixed. Since the first American settlers were immigrants from old England, the culture of this particular country left the largest imprint on the American style.
American-style sofas are always large and soft. They look respectable, thanks to the imitation of expensive materials. Most often, light shades are preferred, white is predominant.
The name of this style translates as "rustic", so it is usually used to decorate country houses or cottages.
Country-style sofas are made of natural materials in the same natural color scheme. Traditionally, this tree is brown, natural yellow or warm golden color, forging can also be used. Upholstery is always made of textile with a checkered or floral pattern.
You can watch many more models of sofas in the video below.