The must-have sofa trends for 2020

From jewel colours to contrast piping, these are the sofa trends you need to know for 2020...

The sofa is an integral part of your home, a place where you can relax, socialise, watch TV, and sink into at the end of a long day.

And, as winter closes in, your thoughts might be turning to upgrading your sofa and investing in a new luxe lounging spot. But, with so many styles to choose from, how do you know what to invest in? Well, don't worry, because the expert design team at LuxDeco has handily revealed the top sofa trends for 2020 so you can make an informed decision about your next purchase.

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So what are the need-to-know trends to look out for? Velvet sofas are a perennial favourite, and you won't go wrong with this fabric, which has seen sales up by 169% on 2018; jewel-tone sofa sales have risen by over 600% year-on-year and are staying firmly put for 2020; the Tuxedo style sofa is the most popular style overall; and 2020 will also see more people ditch the brass base and opt for timeless wooden legs.

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Want to know more? Keep reading to find out the details on the most sought-after sofa trends 2020.


Continuing to steal the show for 2020 is the Tuxedo style sofa. According to LuxDeco’s expert interior design team, the Tuxedo continues to be a popular style due to the elegant silhouette.

The clean lines update any living or formal living room instantly and works well with most existing interiors. The Tuxedo’s deep-set seats offer comfort while the high arms present a formal feel.


While velvet styles continue to prove popular, the style is evolving with more demand for bespoke designs using contrasting piping. LuxDeco is also seeing a rise in customers choosing velvet as the main sofa fabric with contrasting satin fabric for the piping to create an elegant and formal look.

“Contrast piping isn’t solely reserved for velvet, we saw this trend featured heavily at the recent Milan trade show and designers had some fun playing with materials; mixing fabrics with leather piping or leather with alternative leather piping," says Linda Holmes, Interiors Director at LuxDeco.

“As well as contrast piping, we’re also seeing a rise in decorative trims, more people are opting for sofas that feature fringing or passementerie, such as decorative bordering. It’s a nod to traditionalism but also gives a sofa a more unique look and can allow people to update a sofa without having to buy brand new.”


Perhaps a result of the rise in the binge-watch culture, there’s also been a rise in customers prioritising comfort when buying a sofa and opting for deeper seats.

“Previously, we saw a trend of people buying off the shelf sofas which typically have an average depth of 81-86cm but now people are choosing made to measures sofas with depths anywhere between 90 to 100cm,” explained Linda.


Jewel tones have been very popular in recent times, in particular, deep emerald greens and midnight blues and according to the experts at LuxDeco it’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere.

Commenting on jewel tones, Holmes said: “The bold colours will definitely continue for a while, it’s a modern twist that creates a statement in any room. They can elevate a traditional style sofa, like the Tuxedo, by giving it a bit of flair and a fresh feel to an already existing design.”

Sofa trends 2020


Move over Art Deco-style brass sofa bases and hello wooden bases, which offer a more timeless and sophisticated touch to a sofa. Linda says: “Wooden based sofas are more versatile to work with, especially if you already have an existing style at home and don’t want to confine yourself to a particular finish such as antique brass.”

Refined sofa styles also come with less of a price tag and swapping out the metal bases can make your dream sofa ‘more affordable’ meaning you can spend more on accessorising it with beautiful cushions for a more luxurious look.

sofa trends 2020

Speaking about sofa predictions for 2020, Linda added: “We’re finding people want to update a space without committing to a full interior makeover and the sofa is a great starting point for revitalising a room.

“The Tuxedo sofa is a formal one, recognisable for its high square arms which wrap around the entire back of the sofa and its crisp and tailored upholstery. An elegant silhouette and clean lines allow this style to work with most existing interior design styles, which is undoubtably the reason for its continued popularity.

“A sofa is an investment piece, which will be one of the most-used items in your home so it’s important to take your time. Always factor in how you plan on using the space; is it a formal space or the go-to family room and, perhaps most importantly, will the dimensions of the sofa work with the placement you have in mind?”

For more information visit LuxDeco’s extensive sofa guide.