How to choose a sofa colour

How to choose a sofa colour

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If you’re looking to buy a new sofa, some of the first things you might think about is the colour and style of the sofa that you actually want. The idea you have may differ depending on the room you are looking to purchase for - for example, is it to be newly decorated from scratch? Or is it a sofa to buy to include in an already decorated room?

If you are redesigning a living room completely, then it is the perfect opportunity to make your sofa the focal point of the room. But how do you go about choosing the colour? Here we take a look at a few things that you should consider when choosing a sofa colour.

Do you change your mind easily?

If you are constantly changing accessories, throws and pillows in your living room, a sofa that is a bold and bright colour might not be the right move for you. Whilst reds, teals and purples can all work really well as sofa colours in the right room, they do not make for easy work when you’re trying to alternate complementary colours and freshen up your room regularly. If this is the case, opt for a neutral grey and make your accents the colour focus in the room.

Should you go light or dark?

Another question to ask yourself - do you prefer light and bright rooms, or are you open to darker colours? If you are choosing a sofa for a room that is spacious and well lit, you can happily contrast with a darker colour, such as teal, as it won’t overpower the room. However, if you are choosing for a room that has dark wood floors and is on the smaller side, a darker colour sofa maybe the wrong choice as it could make the room seem smaller. Be sure to consider size and light when making your colour decision.

Will it be fit for purpose?

Lastly, you might want to consider whether the colour you choose will be fit for purpose. For example, do you have pets? If so, a black sofa may show up lighter hair more (if you’re wanting your pets on the sofa that is!). However, darker sofa colours are better at hiding any potential stains and spillages. Whilst on the flip side, a white sofa is very vulnerable if used in the wrong setting. Think red wine and coffee spillages if you are regularly entertaining in a living room with a white sofa!


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7th June 2019

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