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Top 7 sofa trends from Salone del mobile with dfs

Top 7 sofa trends from Salone del mobile with dfs.

I have recently returned from Salone del mobile, one of Europe’s largest design fairs, based in Milan.

Whilst I was there, I got to meet  the creative team of leading UK furniture brand dfs.

dfs produces sofas that cater for all budgets and tastes. I was impressed to see how they have been able to embrace new trends, bringing up to date styles quickly onto the high street.

I got to quiz Alison Hill, the creative director of dfs, over dinner, on her take of the top trends seen emerging from the design show.

Here’s what Alison had to say about her top 7 sofa trends spotted at Salone del mobile 2017.

Burnt orange as a dominant colour.

“Burnt orange took the crown for dominant colour in the latest furniture designs at Salone del Mobile, this year. Flanked strongly by its complementary colour, green, with botanicals and plants providing a revitalising sense of the outdoors alongside the lust-worthy orange hues.

As urban living is on the rise, more and more people are living without direct access to a garden or outside space so this need for greenery is increasingly translated to our interiors. It is widely recognised that to enhance a colour it must be sited with its other half. Burnt and rusty oranges provide the perfect base to layer restorative green life into our homes.”

( The image above is the Ashby 3 seater sofa in marmalade).

Green as the focal point.

“As well as greenery featuring strongly in accessories, it also dominated in the furniture stakes. Some designers turned the trend on its head and positioned green sofas as the focal point of a room. From zesty limes through to dark emerald and forest tones, green sofas make a bold statement while bringing positive psychological benefits such as renewal, harmony and balance – things we could all use more of in our daily lives.”

(The image above is the dfs LUPPO)

Velvet and marble retained appeal

” Velvets featured strongly throughout the exhibitions, with its richness and depth adding luxury to many new designs.As did marble, with nature’s most alluring pattern bringing a deeper sense of opulence.

The Topaz sofa in lime takes the style stakes further and incorporates all three of these major Salone del Mobile trends. The zesty beauty features a luxurious velvet texture you’ll love to sink into with marble accents that are a treat for the eyes. ”

( The images above are the Topaz sofas in lime and marble)

Cocooning curved back chairs.

“Curves are often seen as sensual and pleasing, and translating these shapes into products such as curved-back chairs allows people to hide away in their interiors. This ‘cocooning’ shape in furniture is increasingly popular, and is something we’ve reflected across different styles of armchair to fit with different looks.”The return of the ottoman

” The multifunctional requirements that people expect from their homes means that a room often needs to be able to morph from siting room to play room to entertaining space. There is something comfortable, yet practical, about an ottoman. It’s somewhere to perch, to set up a game, place a tray, sit a computer on or put your feet up. The ottoman offers an alternative to the traditional coffee table without any of the hard edges.”

( The ottoman above is from the Topaz range)Comfort.

” Comfort was at the core of many of the designs in Milan with loose shapes, tactile materials, casual softened silhouettes and relaxed styles dominating. Form and function fused to deliver the best of both worlds – aesthetic beauty and the ultimate in casual comfort.”

( The above image is the Zahara sofa )

Casual folds and visible seams.

” Some designers took the casual comfort trend further, with evolutions into even softer casual flaps and exposed seams spotted around the exhibition halls. Upholstery appeared nonchalantly wrapped around structures to provide an over relaxed and unpretentious look.”

( The image above is the Athena 3 seater sofa).

That concludes the interview.

So what do you think about the above sofa trends? Walking through Salone del mobile with the dfs team, I could see that many of the big furniture design houses have embraced them too.

I would be interested to see how orange as a colour would take off.I’m not surprised that the use of calming tones of green is still growing strong.

I myself have 2 green sofas at home. I absolutely adore them, but am now looking towards getting one in pink. I think pink sofas will be big this season, and going into the next one.

I’ll let you in on a secret, I’ve ordered the dfs Zania sofa above in pink. I can’t wait to show you how I will style up my sofa soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the insight into the sofa trends for the upcoming seasons. It was truly inspirational to meet Alison and the rest of the dfs creative team.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(Photos are all courtesy of dfs. This is a sponsored collaborative post on sofa trends with dfs, but all opinions stated are my own.)


  1. The green ones are my very favourite! Lovely photos

  2. Lovely post Geraldine and some gorgeous sofas there. Particularly love the marble and burnt orange, gorgeous x

  3. These sofas are gorgeous, Geraldine, I love all the colours and trends. The marble print is inspired! DFS really have their finger on the pulse and I always love their styling and photography. X

  4. Oooh, love the look of the Athena sofa – casual folds and visible seams are definitely a great fit for my home style! Also loving the styling in the Zania photo – look forward to seeing how you style yours G! x

  5. I wouldn’t have known these were dfs sofas if you hadn’t told me. Really stylish. I can’t even choose a favourite.

  6. I love the colour of the burnt orange, looks great with the copper lighting.

  7. The marble fabric is gorgeous!
    But i’m really liking the visible seams look at the mo. Look forward to seeing your new (29th?) sofa soon! 🙂 x

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