Whether you’re shopping for a Chesterfield sofa that’s going to be the focal point of your living room, you want to add an extra element of comfort to your bedroom, or you’re looking to make your home office more versatile with a two-seater, choosing the right colour sofa is incredibly important. It can really set the tone of a room, and you’ll want to make sure your chosen furniture really works with your space, rather than dominating it.
The difficulty doesn’t stop once you’ve purchased your dream settee, either: you then have to decorate your chosen room in a complementary way. And, if you’ve gone for a bold or unusual colour, this can be harder than you might expect. To help you with this whole process, we’re going to outline how you can choose the perfect colour sofa, and then design your room around it, so you should find it much easier to create a space that you love spending time in.
A new sofa is an investment, so you need to ensure you’re going to be happy with your choice for years to come. There are a number of factors you need to consider in order to ensure this is the case. Here, we’re going to take you through the main things you need to think about.
Remember: everyone’s style and preferences are totally different, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to picking out the perfect settee. However, asking yourself these all-important questions should help you to make a decision that’s right for you.
If you really don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect colour for your sofa, try asking yourself whether you’re looking to buy a statement piece of furniture, or something more understated. This will help you to narrow your options down quite quickly. If you want your settee to be bold, bright colours will work best, while neutrals will give you a subtle (but still stylish) look.
The best option will depend on your personal style. For example, if you typically go all out when it comes to colour —your wardrobe might be full of fun and quirky pieces that you like to wear every day — sitting on a bright sofa every day might bring you a lot of joy. But, if you have a more sleek and simple sense of style, don’t feel like you need to move away from this to pick out an interesting sofa. You can always style up a more neutral piece of furniture with the likes of cushions and throws, so go for a more muted colour if this is the kind of colour palette you typically gravitate towards. You could even go for a pastel shade of blue, green, pink, or purple if you would like to inject some colour into your space in a subtle way.
Once you’ve decided whether you’re going to opt for a bright or an understated colour, you then need to think about whether a light or darker hue is going to work best for you. And, there are a number of factors you’ll want to consider.
Firstly, are there any features of your room that you’ve already decided upon? For example, it’s a good idea to contrast a sofa with your flooring, as this will help to ensure it works well as a focal point, rather than blending into the background. This means, if you’ve decided to lay down some dark wood flooring, a light-coloured sofa could be the best choice. On the other hand, if you’ve picked out cream carpets, a sofa of a similar hue could create too much of a monochrome look, so a darker shade will typically make the best choice.
It’s also a good idea to consider where your sofa is going to be placed. If you’re going to be positioning your settee in front of a window that lets in a lot of natural light, it can often be best to pick out a piece of furniture in a lighter colour. This is because some sofa coverings can become discoloured if they’re exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If this is something you’re worried about, we would recommend foregoing brighter or darker colours, and going for a subtler shade instead.
A sofa is truly an investment, so you want to ensure yours is going to stand the test of time. Not only does this mean that you’ll want to buy one that’s of a high quality, but it’s also best to go for a style that you’re sure you’ll love for years — or possibly even decades — to come, especially if you're buying a handmade sofa from a respected manufacturer that will go the distance.
As a result, it’s best to avoid trendy colours that may be new and exciting right now, but very unlikely to be on-trend in a few seasons’ time. Think about what kind of colours you’ve always gravitated towards — these could be hues that you’ve always liked to wear, or that you already have hints of around your home.
You also need to think about how things might change as time goes on. For example, are you still looking for your forever home? If so, it’s possible you could move in the next couple of years, which means a neutral sofa that will work in lots of different settings might suit you best.
In order to ensure your sofa will have a long lifespan, it’s a good idea to choose one in a colour that’s going to work with a range of different colour schemes. This will make it much easier for you to redecorate the space around your settee without having to buy new furniture.
Neutral shades tend to be the easiest to work with in this respect, but don’t feel like you’re confined to these. Even the brightest of colours can work with a range of different hues — you just need to make sure you choose a versatile one. For example, if you love green, an olive or emerald shade might be preferable to more of a chartreuse option.
One of the best ways to work out some different colour schemes is to search whatever sofa colour you’re considering on Pinterest. You’ll then be shown a lot of home décor inspiration and, if you can spot a range of different colour schemes that you like the look of, you might have found the perfect colour for you! If you’re struggling, consider whether you would be willing to change the hue slightly. For example, turquoise to teal might seem like a very small switch in practice, but it could actually open up a whole host of other possible colour schemes, thanks to an increase in the depth of colour.
Because you’ll want your sofa to look its best for as long as possible, you also need to think about how it might be affected by your lifestyle. Factors that you need to take into consideration include:
• Whether you have kids (or plan to have them in the near future),
• Whether you have pets, • How frequently you entertain your friends and family,
• How tidy you and those you live with are,
• And how you plan to use your sofa.
If you have kids or pets, it’s best to stay away from light-coloured sofas, as these won’t hide any stains. The same can be said if you frequently entertain, or you like to enjoy casual meals on your sofa. In these situations, a dark or brighter colour will look cleaner for longer.
We would typically only recommend opting for a settee in a particularly light shade, such as white or cream, if you live in an all-adult household and you trust everyone to take great care of your furniture. Otherwise, it might not be worth the risk.
Once you’ve decided what colour sofa you’re going to opt for, you now need to think about how you’re going to design the rest of your room around it. Here, we’re going to take you through some of the most popular sofa colours out there and help you to match your choice with the right wall colours, flooring, and home accessories.
Grey is, perhaps, one of the most versatile colours when it comes to sofas, as it works with a whole host of different colour schemes. Of course, the shade you go with will determine exactly what hues are going to complement it best, but you certainly won’t be short on options. So, if you like to switch your décor up a lot and you want a settee that’s going to work for this, grey is a fantastic choice!
As grey is such a versatile colour, the possibilities truly are endless when you’re trying to choose what colour walls are going to work best with your new furniture. Anything from bright white to a different grey, or even a bolder colour like emerald green or a burnt orange could work well. We would just recommend making sure that you get the balance right when choosing your shades. It’s typically best to go for contrasting colours so, if you’ve chosen a sofa in a dark grey, lighter walls will help to give your space an airier look — whereas, if you’ve opted for a light-coloured sofa, you can afford to go a bit deeper with your paint choices.
In a similar vein, when you’re looking to buy some curtains that complement your grey sofa, there aren’t any hard and fast rules you need to follow. A popular approach is to also choose grey curtains, but in a lighter shade than that of your sofa. This will help to give your space a cohesive look without making it feel boxed in.
However, the simplicity of a grey sofa means that you can afford to get more creative with your other decorative features, if you prefer. So, if you would like to add some extra interest, you could go for some beautifully patterned curtains, or a bright and bold pair that will frame your home’s view perfectly and make it the main event. It really just depends on whether you want your curtains to be primarily functional or use them to make a style statement.
Much like a grey sofa, wood or laminate flooring is great for creating a blank canvas that you can build upon. So, it could make the perfect pairing. Again, we would recommend contrasting this with your furniture so, if you’ve gone for a light sofa, we would opt for a darker flooring, and vice versa.
If you prefer the feeling of carpet beneath your feet, you’ll be glad to hear that a grey sofa can work with almost any colour of it. However, if you’re opting for a simple sofa, it’s likely you’re trying to create a stylish but understated space. If so, cream or a different shade of grey can work well, and then you’ll have plenty of freedom when it comes to adding personality and fashionable features to your room.
Patterned cushions look fantastic on a grey sofa, as they can add a real dash of interest to your cosy set up. Because grey sofas can give off a minimalistic vibe, scatter cushions with geometric prints can make a great pairing too, but don’t be afraid to branch out a bit. If you’re looking to add more colour to your space, buying some bright cushion covers is also a great and affordable way of doing this.
Brown sofas are a popular choice thanks to the fact they look incredibly cosy from the get-go, but they can be surprisingly difficult to style. They tend to work best with other neutral colours, but the likes of jewel tones can be used to jazz them up, too. Here, we’ll talk you through some of the best colour schemes for a brown sofa.
When you’re looking for a wall colour that will complement your brown sofa perfectly, we would recommend sticking to neutral shades. This might not be as restricting as you think — anything from a coat of crisp white paint to a rich chestnut brown could work, depending on the shade of sofa you’ve gone for. It’s best to create a sense of depth in your space, so it’s a good idea to pair darker furniture with lighter walls, and the other way around. But sticking primarily to neutral shades will help to create a cohesive and cosy look for your home.
Because a brown sofa works so well with other neutral colours, wood or laminate flooring makes an obvious pairing. Depending on what style you go for, you can create lots of different vibes, from modern and industrial, to casually rustic. We would always recommend adding a large cream or hair on hide rug to up the cosy factor, too.
Earth-toned curtains can work incredibly well with a brown sofa. If your space is large and airy, you can afford to go for a darker shade of brown or possibly even a forest green. But, if you’re working with a relatively small space and you’re looking to give it more of an open feel, white or cream curtains will give you the results you’re looking for. You could even pick out some patterned styles if you feel like your room needs some extra style and personality.
If you’re looking to inject some colour into a room with a brown sofa, scatter cushions offer the perfect way to do this. Just make sure you create a sense of depth in your space by contrasting these against the shade of brown you’ve chosen. So, if you’ve picked out a relatively light tan sofa, rich colours like teal or a deep purple will work well. Alternatively, if you’ve opted for something darker, like a chocolate brown settee, cream cushions with an Aztec print, or even something a bit brighter like yellow or turquoise cushions can really add some extra personality.
Cream sofas can work with almost any colour scheme, making them one of the most versatile options out there. While they look great as part of a minimalist space, they can also be dressed up to suit more of a maximalist taste. So, if you get bored easily and know you’re likely to switch up your décor very regularly, a cream sofa could be the perfect blank canvas for you.
As we’ve mentioned, a cream sofa will work with almost any colour scheme, so you have a lot of freedom to choose whatever wall colour you fancy. Your settee will complement anything from a neutral paint colour, like mink or grey, to more outlandish colours like a deep purple or navy blue. So, take your pick — you’ll really struggle to go wrong when choosing colour pairings for a cream sofa.
Just like with any neutral colour, wood or laminate floor looks great with a cream sofa, as it will create a blank canvas that you can layer colour onto. Alternatively, you could go all out with a carpet in a similar creamy shade.
Whichever option you go with, a colourful or patterned rug can also be used to brighten things up. Anything from a hair on hide rug to a Persian style will work well.
If you’ve opted for a cream sofa and some understated flooring, we would recommend having some fun with your curtains. If you want to help your room to feel bigger and airier, consider picking out some off-white curtains that are printed or embroidered with a subtle pattern that you love. Or, you could go all out with colour in this area of your room. Depending on the rest of your colour scheme, some burnt orange velvet curtains, or silky olive-green drapes could be ideal.
Again, anything goes when you’re choosing cushions for a cream sofa. Patterned scatter cushions can work particularly well here, as they won’t be over-bearing, but they will add a subtle hint of style and personality to your space. Animal and tile-inspired prints are particularly on-trend at the moment, but have some fun with it — this is your chance to put your stamp on the room.
Green sofas of all different shades are having a moment right now, but the colour is so versatile that we’re confident this trend will continue for many years to come. Whether you like a forest green, teal, or olive-inspired tone, we’re going to take you through how you can design a room around your green sofa for a stylish and cohesive look.
Green is a colour that’s very much associated with the great outdoors, so it makes sense that it works well with other earth-inspired hues. This means your green sofa is likely to look great against a white, cream, or possibly even a taupe wall.
If you’re looking to make more of a colourful statement, muted shades can work very well. For example, an emerald green sofa will really complement a nude pink shade. Or, if you’re going for a more dramatic look, a backdrop of navy blue can really work with an olive-green settee.
Because green can be quite striking, we would recommend keeping things simple with your flooring. If you would like to keep the natural theme going, dark wood flooring will look great. Alternatively, a cream or beige carpet can keep things cosy, but also chic and sophisticated.
What colour curtains you pair with your green sofa will really depend on what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re trying to open up your space and let in as much light as possible, off-white drapes are going to be your best bet. They won’t detract attention from your brand-new sofa, but they will look sleek and polished.
If you’re working with a bigger space, you can have more fun with your curtains. You could opt for a pair in a different but complementing shade of green. Or, you could go for a different colour altogether. Grey, navy, or possibly even a muted shade of pink could work well.
We would recommend keeping things simple when you’re picking out your scatter cushions — you still want your sofa to do the talking. Patterned cushions that come in a similar hue to your sofa can work well, as they’ll add an element of interest without being too over the top. Alternatively, some textured cream scatter cushions can add an extra dash of cosiness without taking any of the attention away from your settee.
While a yellow sofa mightn’t be for everyone, if you style yours right, it can add a cool and quirky edge to your space. Just make sure you opt for a mustard or gold shade, rather than a true yellow, as this will help to ensure your space still looks smart and sophisticated — just with a nice injection of colour.
You’ll want your yellow sofa to be the star of the show, so it’s best to keep things simple with the rest of your décor. Off-white, light grey, or taupe walls are all going to be a safe bet. Or, if you’re craving more colour, you could add a petrol blue or dark green feature wall.
Again, we want all of the focus to be on your new yellow sofa, so it’s best to keep your flooring understated. A light shade of wood or laminate flooring will look great, and you can add an element of cosiness with a textured or patterned rug in grey or off-white. These two colours will also work well if you decide to opt for wall-to-wall carpet.
If you’ve picked out a yellow sofa, it’s likely you’re quite brave with your sense of style, and you can really show this through your soft furnishings. Patterned drapes in the same shade of yellow will help to keep the theme going without being overbearing. Plus, the colour should be light enough to prevent your room from feeling too cramped.
Alternatively, curtains in a complementary shade of green, blue, grey, or even cream will work well.
You can really have some fun with the cushions that you’re planning to place on a yellow sofa. Plain designs just won’t cut it — instead, look out for trendy patterned designs. There are those with slogans, bold patterns, and even nature-inspired prints that will look incredible on your sofa. Create a collection of scatter cushions that’s just as fun and unique as your settee!
Here at Sofas by Saxon, we offer sofas and chairs in a wide range of colours, so you can bring your home décor visions to life. If you would like some more inspiration, makes sure you check out our huge selection of leather and fabric, where you can find all of the colours and finishes that we currently offer. Or, if you can't find what you're after there, we also offer bespoke sofas, which means you can design yours from scratch and we'll make it for you!
You can check out our interior design advice hub for more inspiration when decorating your home, too.