Let’s face it (and each other): We are entering the era of the new social living room. Yesterday’s living rooms may have used the TV as a focal point, but with cable subscriptions on decline and thanks to widely available on-demand and streaming services, today’s living rooms are truly becoming places of person-to-person interactions. According to Joe Nocera of The New York Times, “More than a quarter of millennials (70 percent of whom use streaming services) report having never subscribed to cable in their lives.”
The curved sofa is a perfectly chic solution to this cultural shift, a vintage-inspired way to open up a room with more seating and soften the angles of spaces designed for socializing. A design element loved by designers from Pierre Yovanovitch to Azzedine Alaïa to Kelly Wearstler to Emily Henderson, a curved sofa can maximize lounge potential in small spaces by providing the perfect corner seat. Fashionable feng shui, anyone? Scroll for six ways to style sofas for a living room that’s ahead of the curve.
Styling a curved sofa in a corner is a great hack for smaller spaces, maximizing seating without requiring additional length. Don’t bother with right angles: The lounge experience is much more relaxing without them. Whether you’re seeking vintage parlor vibes or perhaps just something simple and sophisticated, try giving your smooth curves a soothing touch with soft shades of color.
A curved sofa sets up streamlined seating for a small crowd. It’s the ultimate party trick: using spatial relations to keep everyone gathered together in a comfortable, circular format. In a round room, the choice is yours between vintage, modern, or eclectic. No matter what you select, you’ll be creating your very own living room social circle.
The midcentury flair of this lounge adorned in creams and warm earth tones turns back time, making it the perfect place to play a vintage board game or sip vintage spirits with friends.
Curved sofas add an architectural edge to a room, creating new shapes that lead the eye throughout the space in a smooth, sometimes serpentine way. Try mixing raw materials for a more organic appeal, combining woods with upholstered fabrics to add texture and tension. In this magnificent space, two curved sofas anchor the room by tying together the different textures used throughout. Their curvature creates vignettes for socializing, playing off the open layout and the variety of shapes within the space.
Building on an earthy palette and nature-inspired décor, the combination of wood with upholstery on a curved sofa creates a natural, organic appeal for this living room. Wooden elements provide additional common ground in the space to connect floors, seating, and other furniture.
There’s no need to feel boxed in by straight lines or neutral palettes: You can also get your swerve on with color. From flirty and feminine to bold and beautiful, color in a curved sofa communicates that your living room is anything but straight-laced. When in doubt, go vibrant to punch up the impact of a colorful curve.
Throw your living room a curveball by breaking it up with a little bit of contour. After all, when it comes to a large rectangular living room, why not divide and conquer? Curved shapes can add a subtle wave to a long wall, creating inviting moments with ample opportunity to incorporate round shapes in coffee tables, ottomans, poufs, or pillows.
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