David and Victoria Beckham's unconventional sofa has started a surprising living room trend – here's everything you need to know

Green velvet is a classic choice, but Victoria Beckham's take on the timeless trend has us inspired

David and Victoria Beckham
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David Beckham and Victoria Beckham, are often looked to for style inspiration, but after having a glimpse into their home, their taste in interior design is equally immaculate. There's so much inspiration to take from the couple's quiet luxury-esque spaces, however it's the couch that features heavily in the new Netflix documentary Beckham that has instantly caught our attention.

The Beckhams debuted their dark green velvet sofa in the documentary on David's life that was released earlier this month. In many scenes, Victoria Beckham is shown seated on the deep green couch with leaf-patterned cushions. Since the launch of the film, Google searches for dark green velvet sofas are up 550%, according to The Evergreen Agency. Furthermore, searches for 'green velvet sofas' spiked just days after the documentary was released.

So why is this look so popular? We spoke to interior design experts to get the scoop on the Beckham-inspired sofa trend.

Jemma Jaques, furniture expert and visual design lead at The Lounge Co. says, 'If you haven’t seen Victoria Beckham relaxing on her beautiful green velvet sofa, where have you been? Her lounge is elegant and feminine, yet classic and understated, and the gorgeous sofa plays a big part in that.'

jemma jacques furniture expert at the lounge co
Jemma Jaques

Having trained as a graphic designer and more recently completing a diploma in interior design, Jemma has worked in-house for home and furniture companies for the past ten years. At the forefront of interior trends, she combines her creativity and industry knowledge, enabling her to offer useful and inspiring advice for anyone wanting to improve their home.

The experts laud the timelessness and versatility of the colors in Victoria Beckham's sofa idea. 'If, like Mrs Beckham, you prefer to decorate with neutrals when it comes to interior décor, a green velvet sofa will make a statement without shouting too loudly,' says Jemma.

She continues, 'It will add rich color and luxurious texture, and create an upscale ambiance. Dark green is both timeless and versatile, it’s not going to go out of fashion but can be updated easily as it pairs with a myriad of other colors such as pale pink or mustard yellow.'

'At its core, the dark green color trend embodies a refreshing departure from the ordinary,' adds Elizabeth Grace, interior designer at Dream Homemaking. 'It beckons individuals to embrace novelty and invigorate their living spaces with a dash of the unexpected.'

Elizabeth Grace on a grey background
Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace is an interior designer and furniture expert. She received her degree in Interior Design from the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth landed her first job as an intern with a leading firm in New York City, learning from some of the city’s top designers. She currently works as an interior designer for both residential and commercial clients.

'Intriguingly, this sofa trend exudes an air of understated sophistication. It's not about bold, eye-popping hues but rather a nuanced palette that entices with its subtlety. This trend taps into our innate desire for balance and harmony in our
surroundings, providing a visual respite from the chaos of the outside world,' continues Elizabeth.

Furthermore, Jemma says, 'Studies show that the color green can have a calming effect, so that can’t be bad! It also connects us to nature; dark green can evoke a sense of being in a forest or woodland.'

The shape and fabric of the sofa also contribute to its popularity in living room decor, Jemma Jacques says, 'Victoria’s sofa has a luxurious look, this is because of the clean lines, curved arms, and oversized scatter cushions.' 

She continues, 'Simplicity is key when choosing a sofa in a dark fabric, whether modern or traditional, opt for a beautifully tailored piece with minimum fuss. You can add interest with large, rectangular cushions and perhaps a pop of subtle pattern.'

Clearly, when it comes to green couches, the Beckhams are proof the look is a classic. The rich color is reminiscent of nature lending a calming effect, while the velvety texture gives their sofa a warm, luxurious look. If you are looking for a way to bring in a subtle hint of color into your living room, a deep green sofa is the way to go.

News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.