The curved sofa is a perfectly chic solution for any living room, especially if you’re playing around with styling a midcentury design. It’s a great 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.
Scroll for 12 ways to style curved sofas for a living room that’s ahead of the curve.
01. Come Full Circle
Take advantage of a curved sofa, using spatial relations to keep everyone gathered together in a comfortable, circular format. No matter what you select, you’ll be creating your very own living room social circle.
02. Embrace Organic Elements
Curved sofas add an architectural edge to a room, creating new shapes that lead the eye throughout the space in a smooth way. Combine woods with upholstered fabrics to add texture and tension.
03. Color Outside the Lines
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.
04. Stage a Breakup
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.
05. Curl Up
When it’s time to cozy up to a fire with a book, don’t be afraid to let your sofa spoon you. If you really need one more reason to lounge around on the couch for longer, just add the soft, inviting texture of a velvet sofa to the mix and you’ll never want to get up.
06. Round It Out
For a balanced and harmonious look, accent the sofa with at least a few other curved or round elements. The second most important aspect of a living room is the coffee table so it’s important to be thoughtful in selecting one. Make sure the table has soft edges, it should pair nicely.
07. Take It Outside
Backyards and patios were made for sunsets and entertaining. Why not add a curved couch to the deck to facilitate more comfortable socializing? Throw a cozy fire pit in the middle and you’ll have a space that your guests will never want to leave.
08. Create Alignment
If you happen to have a curved wall, window, or even an archway in your space, one of the easiest ways to incorporate a curved sofa is to align them. As a heads up, you may need custom furniture to pair your sofa perfectly with a curved wall.
09. Add Midcentury Charm
10. Incorporate French Flair
If it’s more of a Parisian-chic look you’re after, a curved sofa can create the perfect Arc de Triomphe in a minimal living room. Eclectic pillows make the perfect accessories in a mix of colors and shapes.
11. Do the Wave
There’s just something so elegant and luxurious about a serpentine sofa. Most often seen in plush velvet, this classic design adds visual interest with smooth, unexpected shapes and lines throughout your space.
12. Embrace Texture
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