How to Choose your Sofa Colour

May 26, 2021

When people pop into our showroom to have a look at our sofas or get in touch for advice, it can be overwhelming to see the amount of fabric and colour options, potentially making it hard to make a final decision for such an investment piece. We love to put their minds at ease and help them narrow down their favourites by chatting through the space the sofa will live, their lifestyle and their interior preferences. So, we’re bringing our advice online with some key questions to consider while on your quest to finding the perfect-coloured sofa for your home.

Which room is it for?

First, think about the room that will house your new sofa and how you spend your time in there. If you want to sit back and relax in your living room, you may want to go for a muted neutral shade, whether light or dark that’s easy on the eye. For a playroom or family room you could have fun with a bold colour that will grow with your kids. Or if you’re looking to add an armchair or love seat to a bedroom or office, that’s a great opportunity to add an accent colour.

For your living room, consider the size of the space, if it’s on the smaller side you may want to go for a lighter or pastel fabric to make the room feel bigger, whereas if there’s space to comfortably fit two sofas you could go bolder with colours such as pink, green and mustard. Think about opting for two complimentary colours so as not to overwhelm with one shade.

What’s your current décor?  

It’s important to consider your plans for the room, whether you’re planning to keep it the same for the foreseeable future or give it a refresh. Is your new sofa going to be the focal point of your room and a starting point for a new scheme or does it need to blend in seamlessly with your existing paint, wallpaper or furniture? If your sofa is going to be the showpiece, you have the freedom to go bolder and brighter, whereas if it’s going to play more of a supporting role choose an understated shade that matches other colours in the room.

One vital feature to consider is your flooring as it can change how your sofa looks and can’t be changed too easily. A dark sofa will blend into a dark floor, so it may be best to go for a lighter fabric, or if that’s not to your taste, choose a model with lighter legs or add a rug to create space between the floor and sofa.

How would you class your interior style?

Of course, you should choose a sofa in a colour that you love. What brings you joy? Daringly bold shades, calming neutrals or somewhere in between? One way to look at it is by thinking about what’s in your wardrobe and which clothes you generally gravitate towards. If you regularly opt for pattern and bold colours then you’ll likely love a colourful sofa for years to come, but if you sway towards a more neutral wardrobe, you might be best sticking to a subtler colour that you can add to with accessories.

Do you like to follow interior trends and change things up regularly or are you committed to your own style? If you like switching things up regularly then a versatile grey or beige sofa may be your best option as you can easily style it up in line with new trends or when your tastes change.

What does your day-to-day life look like?

Have a think about your everyday routines, who will be using the sofa and how regularly. With kids and pets, if you’re worried about stains, it may be best to stick to a darker colour unless you decide on one of our Aquaclean© velvets which can easily be cleaned with just water.

Do you need a relaxing escape at the end of a busy day at work, or do you want to feel energised when at home? To create a calming sanctuary, choose warm neutrals and carry this palette throughout your room. If you’d like to inject personality to give you some motivation, going bold is the way to go.

Are there any finishing touches you plan to add after you have your sofa?

Of course, your sofa isn’t going to be the only thing in the room, so consider what else you need to either make it stand out, or blend in seamlessly. If going for a colourful sofa, balance it out around the room with a few accents of the same colour in your accessories. Or if you choose to go neutral, you could make a statement with other furniture pieces such as cabinets and sideboards and draw attention to other homewares.

Ultimately, it’s best to trust your instincts. You could try creating mood boards, testing out your fabric samples with images of other items in the room. Explore our Snuggle, Urban and Mid-Century collections and test out your favourite fabric samples in your space.

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