Colour is always more timeless than the current trendy neutral. So, when shopping for a new sofa, choose a colour instead of the neutral of the day (whether it’s grey, charcoal, black or white). A colourful sofa is as timeless as subway tile. Here’s why.
A colourful sofa is timeless.
How often does your sofa get replaced? If the quality is good and no one sits on it, it could sit in your living room for 25 years, but most of us expect our well-used sofa to last up to 10 years.
So I’m here to tell you to choose a colour INSTEAD of grey or charcoal (or brown or black… whatever the trendy neutral is). And if you already have a grey one, well there are many ways to bring a charcoal sofa to life so not to worry.
If you are considering grey and haven’t bought one yet, notice that you’re probably not looking at brown right now because that trend has passed. And there are a lot of brown sofas out there because it was considered a ‘safe choice’ during the Tuscan brown trend and now the ‘safe choice’ has moved to grey or charcoal.
Choose a colour for your sofa, instead of grey.
I’m just suggesting that perhaps it’s time to go for a colour the next time you show for a new sofa. Here are some lovely examples.
I love this shade of periwinkle blue. How could you not love this sofa for a very long time?
This room (below) is designed by Samantha Pynn, one of my favourite Canadian designers. But how old is it?
It’s hard to tell because the colours are still fresh but I know this room has been around for almost 10 years and was decorated during the brown trend. You wouldn’t know that though because there is no brown here. Colour is way more timeless.
Interior Design by Samantha Pynn
When did I decorate this living room (below)? Usually, if a room was decorated in the brown trend the dead giveaway would be brown in the upholstery but it’s not here, so it lives, still today in 2016. This room was actually completed in 2009 (at the end of the brown trend here in the West Coast).
Turquoise became trendy again in 2002 with the brown trend. I distinctly remember this date because until then, everyone was buying sage green sofas. It’s now 15 years later and this colour is still going strong. Robert Allen had lots of new colourful books with turquoise.
Is navy blue the new gray? Only time will tell but it’s certainly a versatile and very classic colour choice.
Does red ever go out of style? I can’t remember if it ever has? Burgundy, yes. Red, not so much.
Love mid century style? Check out this Chic Mid Century Modern Home I styled.
Is pink too feminine? Not when it’s part of a room decorated like this.
This living room with a lovely pale blue sofa is ageless…
Just like this white bathroom with subway tile and a pale blue vanity, these rooms both will outlast the grey trend, which is why I wrote this post about how the grey trend is out a year ago.
And because so many homes embraced this neutral grey colour trend, here’s another post that may help you: What if I don’t like the grey flooring that’s everywhere?
Together, a colourful sofa and a white subway tile bathroom are classic and timeless interior styles you won’t regret in a few short years.
In April, I led my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event in Charlotte to a fabulous new group of True Colour Experts and then I was at High Point Market to tour around and write my 2017 trends report.
How long are you going to wait until you’re really good at colour?
Learning design takes a long time, where can you go and take a giant leap forward in pulling a room together either with hard finishes or soft finishes? That takes years and years of experience.
Getting proficient in colour also takes years unless you do my 3 day event where I’ll share all my insider secrets that took me 20,000 hours to learn including the business of colour. What to charge, how to sell your new skills, how to build your brand.
I recently received this email from Julie Kay who was in my Chicago course last Spring:
I am excited to say once again how much it meant to me take your class in Chicago. It has changed my life and my confidence level. I have just received an opportunity to fly to Arizona to help with a new build from where I live in Michigan. I know this couple and by just briefly sharing my knowledge with them over lunch they asked me to consult with their project. So excited!
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