We are in a phase of transition when it comes to the overarching colour trends right now. Which can make it extra confusing when you need to commit to a big purchase for your home like a sofa.
So, which colour of sofa would I recommend right now? Keep reading to find out.
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Terreeia went to Mexico with her sister-in-law, so my friend Jan came over for a sleepover on Friday night.
During our evening together she mentioned that her nephew was looking for a new sofa and she said, “Now that grey is over, what’s your take on a good sofa colour?”
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Colour is timeless
Spring is coming, and with it a fresh look at things. So I’m also here to announce that colour is back in a BIG way. I think we are going to see a lot of colourful sofas coming soon, which is perfect, because that’s exactly what looks the best with black and white!
Throughout the major colour trends of the last few decades I have held onto my stance that a sofa in your favourite colour is still the best way to go! Colour is timeless.
It’s the trendy neutral of the moment that looks dated when the new trend comes in!
What’s the best neutral sofa right now?
However, in case neutral is still your jam, let’s start with the less than obvious colour for a sofa since I think we needed 20 years in between the brown trend for it to be cool again but you could choose a chocolate brown sofa.
After all, we are at the start of a new warmer neutrals and brown trend, so a brown sofa in a sleek, current shape will look on trend for at least a decade if you buy it now.
Hmmm. . . I just noticed there isn’t a single lamp in this room and the overhead lights have been photoshopped out (above).
To be clear, the cognac sofa is still trending and is also a good way to warm up a neutral interior.
How about a green sofa?
Green (below) is always a good colour for a sofa because it’s the colour of nature, works with plants and many other greens. Not to mention it’s fabulous with black and white! Plus it’s an easy, soothing and uplifting choice too!
A blue sofa is classic
If you love blue, there’s never been a better time to add a blue sofa to your world.
I think we will see rich electric cobalt and ultramarine blues in the coming years instead of more muted navy tones. But there is always some kind of blue trending and if it’s your colour, it will always be a good choice.
LAMP ALERT: By the way, if you have a sofa or a sectional up against a wall, it needs swing arm lamps like this (below). Here’s a post I wrote about them.
Softer blues, are always a great choice too. Beautiful with neutrals and brass, soft blues are the perfect way to freshen up pink beige and brown schemes.
Red sofas are back!
Red is becoming such a huge trend! Likely because people are looking for a warmer feel to their rooms, I’ve helped many clients update their dining rooms by removing burgundy, a color that peaked in the 80s. Perhaps now after all this time it’s ready to be appreciated once more.
The trending reds are a rich with a touch of earthiness, leaning into burgundy and oxblood. This range of colours are excellent for warming up spaces with plenty of white, grey and black.
Orange Beige and Cognac Sofas
Good news for anyone working with warm orange red wood floors. Warm orange neutrals are here to stay for a good while. A cognac leather sofa is a good colour to consider if your floors are on the more golden side (less so if they lean into a deeper burgundy red, those need lots of blue!).
Here’s my best tip for working with orange or red floors:
My sister when shopping with her mother-in-law yesterday, found this chair, which worked well with her orange/terra cotta area rug.
When she sent me this photo to ask if it worked I said the colour was perfect! And look how pretty it is with her Brazilian cherry floors.
Not only is this griege sofa brought to life with the orange cushions (below), they perfectly relate to the orange floors. So embrace the honey and orange tones of your floors and repeat them like a colour in your decor and you’re golden!
If you’re decorating or redecorating your living room, the very best tool you can use is a good mood board.
That’s when you can see what’s working together and create a plan that will give you the confidence to make a bolder choice. It’s waaaay better to do this than to walk into the furniture store and order a random sofa in not-so-versatile-neutral.
Check out my ‘Learn How to Create Mood Boards‘ self-guided online course! It’s full of decorating tips and comes with a free mood board template. Learning how to work with colours on the mood board ALONE is a complete #gamechanger.
“Overall, useful tips to make informed choices. Loved the examples of both correct and incorrect choices.” Anne M.
“This will be very helpful in my endeavours to choose the correct colours and materials for my renovation.” Brenda F.
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