Published on October 30, 2018

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The living room, den, or any other common area of a home is, at its core, a place for friends, family, and roommates to gather—and that means that solid seating options are paramount. The long reign of modular sofas have appealed to both form and function: their simple, sleek lines grants them a place amid design schemes ranging from minimalist Scandinavian to rustic, to contemporary casual. But, a retro style has been creeping back into popularity and it may just be the coziest alternative.

The resurgence of ’70s-inspired curved couches makes it easy to create a living space where everyone can be a part of the conversation. Smoothed edges are conducive to housing more people and rounded backs make face-to-face interaction all the more seamless. These seats have all the power of a sunken living room when it comes to crafting an intimate space—without requiring custom construction. 

Ready to give this look a go? The options ahead will transform your room in one no-fail swoop.

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Hadriana Curved Sofa, Everly Quinn, $2,270

Upholstered in rose gold velvet, this rounded sofa has a luxe appeal. Elevated details, such as its gold peg legs and welted seams, refine its design, giving it a particularly glamorous ethos.

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Vera Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,158

This soft pink sofa takes a major design cue from the whole Hollywood Regency aesthetic. It’s simultaneously opulent and comfy, with deeply rounded edges that move towards a soft embrace. With two throw pillows included, it’s a rewarding indulgence you won’t want to miss out on. 

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Infiniti Curve Back Sofa, Crate and Barrel, $1,800

The cool, bright hue of this couch designates the piece with a cloud-like effect, although it’s not quite so delicate. Upholstered in a yarn-dyed polyester, it has a durable wear that’s easier to care for than its velvet counterparts. 

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Vero Settee, West Elm, $489

For a more modernist option, this settee’s visible wooden framework creates a dynamic contrast with its curved, distressed velvet back and seat. If you’re drawn to neat lines and clean edges, this sofa offers a subtle alternative to more filled-out shapes.

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Antonsen Loveseat, Orren Ellis, $790

The golden-hued, stainless steel base of this loveseat results in a bold finish, while the ultra-soft velvet covering earmarks it as a particularly cozy pick. With a dramatic C-curve, the piece is strikingly modern, though it definitely still retains its retro inspiration.

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Leia Mixed Leather Sofa, Urban Outfitters, $1,550

With this bulbous sofa, buttery leather and off-white linen lean towards the all-natural style of the ’70s. It may not be as curved as it is rounded, but its subtle shape favors the standout upholstery with a complementary detail. 

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Copine Peacock Velvet Curved Chaise Lounge, CB2, $1,300

With a softly sloping S-curve, this chaise lounge makes a very convincing argument to skip the traditional sofa altogether. Measuring over 90 inches long, it provides ample seating space, while its asymmetrical shape prevents it from looking bulky.

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Koger Chesterfield Loveseat, AllModern, $700

Fusing Art Deco with a ’70s-inspired shape, this scalloped option delivers massive impact in a small package. The subtle curve of its back adds dimension without overwhelming the structure, making this a practical choice for small spaces.