8 Great Sofa Colour Ideas for Your Living Room


Whether you’re buying a sofa to match your existing décor, or vice versa, these 8 great sofa colour ideas are perfect to get the right colour balance in your living room.

Rio 3 Seater Sofa Victoria Duck EggRio 3 Seater Sofa Victoria in Victoria Duck Egg

When it comes to decorating any space, choosing the right colours is essential. However, many people find this to be especially challenging in the living room, which needs to be both calming for relaxation, and vibrant for entertaining. If you’re struggling to find the right balance, these eight colour ideas will guide you in the right direction.

Neutral Tones

Cream, beige, magnolia or white, neutral colours have seen a come back this year. If you’re not quite ready to embrace bold colours in your living space, you can maintain a calming ambience by sticking with a white-neutral theme.

Warwick 3 Seater Loose Cover SofaWarwick 3 Seater Loose Cover Sofa in Maitland Cream

Colours such as sand and coffee are incredibly popular colour choices for sofas, too. Described variably as sand, mushroom, coffee, taupe, neutral, linen, beige, cream, and stone this colour palette is extremely versatile. It retains the neutral backdrop of lighter coloured natural and white but also adds a little warmth and tone. It gives you plenty of freedom when selecting accessories. You can safely pair brightly coloured home accessories with a natural sofa, including rugs, lamps and paintings.

Denver 2 Seater Sofa Atlanta StoneDenver 2 Seater Sofa in Atlanta Stone

Neutral tones are also great for a minimalist retro look, perfect for every contemporary home with open space and large ceilings. Little tip for adventurous home decorators: incorporate different textures and materials, such as wood and metals, with your accessories.
On the other hand, by selectively incorporating blues and oranges into your living room, you can ingeniously reclaim your neutral coloured sofa’s role as the statement piece in the house. Its understated neutrality allows for almost any addition of colour and tone.

Madrid 3 Seater Loose Cover SofaMadrid 3 Seater Loose Cover Sofa in Kingston Coffee


Similar to natural colour tones, green furniture can create a calming atmosphere, give your living room a natural, floral look. And while you don't want your home to look like a greenhouse, you can easily set accents with a bold green sofa and more neutral accessories.

Agatha-3-Seater-Velvet-Sofa-Emerald-GreenAgatha 3 Seater Velvet Sofa in Opulence Emerald


Staying with the more natural colour palette, brown is the most popular colour for leather sofas. The brown colour palette extends from light tans to dark chocolates and everything in between. In leather, the tanner can create numerous finishes to either accentuate the natural tonal and textural characteristics of the leather or conversely emboss a uniform colour and grain for use on more modern designs. Either way brown is the perfect colour for both classic vintage chesterfield sofas or modern, contemporary furniture.

Vintage-Chesterfield-Leather-Sofa-Vintage-HoneyVintage Chesterfield 2 Seater Leather Sofa in Vintage Honey

Brown is also an increasingly popular choice for fabric sofas. In both fabric and leather it can be paired with strong deep colours such as reds, purples and golds.

Pink & Purple

Bold but super trendy. Pink and purple sofas make a true statement, perfect for when you are suffering from neutral fatigue.
The easiest way of making a bold colour work is to keep all the rest of your decor neutral. Concentrate on one bold colour for the sofa complemented by more neutral surroundings.

Rebecca-3-seater-velvet-sofa-opulence-amethystRebecca 3 Seater Velvet Sofa in Opulence Amethyst

Elegant Gold

Bang on trend, gold - saffron or mustard - adds this special bit of elegance to your home.
It's a bold colour but when you accentuate it the right way with dark colours, such as dark blue wall paint or black cushions, the effect you can achieve is stunning.

Mia-3-Seater-Velvet-Sofa-Opulence-SaffronMia 3 Seater Velvet Sofa in Opulence Saffron

Sumptuous Red

Deep Red is a warm, rich and traditional colour for both fabric and leather sofas. Very popular in traditional velvet chenille or antique leather a deep red is a grown up colour for traditionalists.

Hampton-2-Seater-Velvet-Sofa-Opulence-CoralHampton 2 Seater Velvet Sofa in Opulence Coral

Red sits very well on deep buttoned models which accentuate the tonal variation within the colour. Brighter more dramatic reds are a great choice for modern living spaces, paired with glass and chrome furnishings.

Characterful Blue

Ranging from navy blue to blue and white striped sofas, blue is another versatile shade. Lighter shades of blue such as the increasingly popular duck egg can be treated like a neutral and accessorised with other bolder colours. Equally blue goes very well with more muted natural tones but be careful not to create too much of a cold feel. Blue compliments many colours, so it can be integrated easily into any living space. Whether you want to use it to make a statement or not is up to you.

Positano-3-seater-loose-cover-sofaPositano 3 Seater Loose Cover Sofa in Capri Blue

The New Black

Black can be a very stylish choice for both modern leather and fabric sofas. It can be contrasted very nicely with silvers and greys as well as stark whites. It is best used in textured fabrics such as chenille and velvet where the nap or weave of the fabric creates a tonal effect rather than a matte black finish.

Belvedere-4-Seater-Velvet-Sofa-Regent-BlackBelvedere 4 Seater Sofa in Regent Black

Shades of Grey

Grey, slate colours have come into their own in recent years. Grey colours also create a neutral backdrop so go very well with sharp colour pairings such as yellows, greens and turquoises. In general, we’d suggest pairing a dark grey sofa with brighter and lighter colours to prevent the room appearing too gloomy. Grey is a classic colour which combines both a calm and relaxing environment with a chic elegance.

Wentworth Midi Sofa Neyland Dove GreyWentworth Midi Sofa in Neyland Dove Grey


Whether you are looking for a neutral sofa colour to match with your wall paint or choose to be adventurous with bold velvet colours, choosing the right sofa colour can be great fun.

We'd love to see what sofa colour you have chosen for your living room. Why not share your ideas with us on Facebook.

Posted in Colour & Hue, Contemporary Sofas, Fabric, Fixed Cover Sofas, Interior Design, Leather Sofas, Lifestyle, Loose Cover Sofas, Sofas on 28th Nov 2014


One comment on “8 Great Sofa Colour Ideas for Your Living Room”

  • I like neutral or brown. Cheers

    Peter posted 5th Jan 2015 at 4:57 pm

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