Choosing a sofa colour

Choosing a new sofa can be tricky. I know from my own personal experience that the mind can boggle at the sheer amount of choices that we’re confronted with when looking for such a significant piece. A sofa is an investment piece, not just for Christmas. Or was that something else? Never mind…

Grey Room

So, one of the many things to consider and make a decision on is the colour (and with that the fabric) you would want your new sofa to be. It might seem like a huge decision, after all, there are so many choices available nowadays, but with a few pointers and hints, it needn’t be a daunting prospect.

Blue Velvet

Consider your lifestyle. Are you single / living with adults only or do you have children in your house? Whilst dark blue might be a great choice (especially dark blue velvet) for a grown up, it’s less forgiving with small children around. Unless the covers are removable and made from easy to clean fabric (not velvet!) milky stains are not a great look on dark fabrics. It might not seem immediately obvious, but light colours are actually the better choice with babies and toddlers – well, at least that’s what I found when I had a white sofa and a small child and what has been confirmed by other parents as well.


Take a look at the lighting in your room. A north facing room will benefit from a warmer colour whilst a south facing room is great when it comes to cool tones and monochromes. If you’re in doubt which colours are warm or cool, you can get a colour wheel for a couple of pounds from most stationery shops to help you.

Pink Sofa

Consider your own personality. If you’re not the extrovert, outgoing type then a bright pink sofa might not be the right choice for you. If you’re looking to your home as a calm and serene place where to unwind then something more restraint is certainly more likely to last you for longer than a fashionable colour that clashes with your personality.

Multiple Colours

Think about the seasons. Whilst bright and bold colours seem like a very attractive choice for Spring and Summer, are you sure this is the right choice for the rest of the year? The light here in the UK is unfortunately not as forgiving as in California where even the Winter months will look mild and soft in comparison with our harsh and grey season here. If, however, you’re a die-hard colour enthusiast, then you should of course go for it.

Sofa Colours 1 Sofa Colours 2 Sofa Colours 3

Looking at the colours here for example, you will see that it is possible to have some colour without it dominating the room completely. A muted Lime, Duck Egg or Mulberry will work nicely with most interiors, inject a little colour but not be overwhelmingly obvious.

So, I hope this post will help you when choosing your sofa and sofa colour. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear from you.

Carole x

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