The New Neutral for Sofas

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Are you over the big tan or brown blob of a sofa that’s been lurking  living in your living or family room for the last fifteen years?  I’m sick to death of them, let me tell you.  Forget the  gray, greige, or white, colorful sofas will give you the pick-me-up you are looking for in your living room!

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COLOR is the new neutral for sofas, my dear readers. I highly recommend colorful sofas for more inviting living rooms! The truth is, any solid color sofa can act as a neutral in your space. It’s just a little more personalized neutral than beiges and grays. Choose a favorite color, and you can’t go wrong.

Any shade of blue – light blue, turquoise, heather blue, royal blue, navy can be the perfect “neutral” for your sofa.

blue velvet colorful sofaAlexandra Evjen

There aren’t any colors that don’t work with blue, so there’s no need to be concerned about it not “matching” anything else you might bring into the space.

nashville living room design by The DecorologistThe Decorologist

Of course, there are other great choices for sofa colors beyond blue.  Greens – from minty to emerald – can be really glamorous and fun.  Sage or olive?  Not so much. We haven’t gotten far enough past the time when those were in everyone’s living room . . .

green colorful sofaAnthropologie

Pink is a daring choice and not many people would take that plunge – but if you love it, why not?

Bright living room with pink lounge chair and artvia The Spruce

colorful sofaboth hot pink and blush sofas are from Anthropologie

Tans and grays just seem so boring when you look at the other options that abound, wouldn’t you agree?

Elsie Larson's living room tour www.abeautifulmess.comA Beautiful Mess

Happy, pretty colors are back in a big way and choosing a sofa in one of them is a great way to wake up your space and inject some feel-good. In my personal home, I have a blue sofa, a green sofa, an orange sofa, and two golden yellow loveseats. No grays or beiges for this girl!

 

Are you sold on colorful sofas, or would you still rather stick with beige or gray?

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marisa
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Love it! So tired of beige and grey…..give me colour!

Molly
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Molly

Same here, marisa! Neutrals are good, but only if you have something else for comparison. It’s time for color to make a comeback.

Cathy
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Cathy

Geez, now you tell me 🙂
I’ve actually been thinking of a slipcover for my tan blob! I’m going for it!!

justjanblog
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justjanblog

I love hearing this! There are no neutrals allowed in my house and especially sofas. I have two red sofas and when I replace them, it will be another shade of red!

Jace
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Jace

Seems silly (and shortsighted) to discount “sage” from being a fun or glamorous couch color, I lol’d when I read that. “Color is IN! Unless its one certain tint of green that I consider Un-Fun!!”

Jamie
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Jamie

I want a navy couch now!

Dolores
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Dolores

I agree!
A few years ago, I had my sofa slip covered in a wonderful warm salmon fabric.Love it!

Linda
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I guess I am right on trend then with my soon to be new apple green sofa.

LibbyP
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LibbyP

None of my sofas are beige! I have a blue one, two green ones, and a plaid one in jewel tones. Ok, that last one needs work – it is our basement sofa. I love color, always have, always will! One time (2007) I ordered a beige sofa from Pottery Barn. When it was delivered, we noticed that the upholstery had been cut during packing. Thankfully, the deliver guys saw it too – and removed the sofa from our living room. That was such a close call – seeing the beige in my living room was so sobering. PB promised… Read more »

Sue Buchanan
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Sue Buchanan

Yes! We bought a red sofa for our retirement home, and we love it. The older I get, the more I want to be surrounded by “happy”, not “safe”.

Cherie
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Cherie

I love all these colored sofas. What a great post! We just ordered a navy sofa which will arrive in three more weeks. We’re counting the days! However, is “neutral” really the word to describe colorful sofas? : )

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I’ll stick with neutral sofas, I have never seen a colored sofa I like.

Jace
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Jace

I’m with you! Colored sofas are trendy every couple of years, but they are dated almost instantly. a good neutral couch never goes out. Its also much more reasonable to punch up a room with blankets, pillows and art when you need a change rather than have to buy all new furniture.

holly
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holly

When I view homes online on our local real estate sites, EVERYONE has a dark brown couch…Ugh.

Laura Gariepy
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I dont’t! Never have! Lol!

Beth
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I’m on a blue kick right now, and would consider it for a sofa, but I know it will be another passing trend.

Meanwhile, I’m sending one of 90’s sage sofas to college with my daughter next week, and hoping the other one will go to my newly engaged daughter’s home eventually!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

My decorator talked me into an almost white sofa and two “pearly” leather chairs, and they provide a calm backdrop for colorful pillows and accessories. But the fun really comes in winter, when I clothe the sofa in its honeysuckle pink velvet slipcover! It’s hard to decide which look I like best!

Kelly
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I am in love with my navy blue velvet sofa. I smile every time I look at it! I agree with you 100% that color is the new neutral for sofas. Great post!

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I Sooo agree with you, Kristie. I’ve placed my 2 beige sofas on the diagonal, added bright pillows, used coordinating color around the room, and they STILL look dumpy and date and suck up the light in the room. It’s about time to replace them and I hope my very limited budget can include great color. Or at the least, I will resort to white sofas and keep my pillows and colorful accents.

Angela Brant
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Angela Brant

I like to buy quality furniture that I can’t change every decade when the style changes. So I keep my neutral ivory sofa and add color with paint, pillows, a couple of small side chairs and accessories. Guess I’m not very trendy but it works for me.

Anne
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Anne

While I LOVE the color of these sofas I still prefer to invest in a neutral tone sofa and adding color in the accessories. Just seems like to big of an investment to pick something that I will get tired of or will go off trend.

Denise
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Denise

I would have loved to have a navy couch, but with 2 dogs and 2 cats, I have to stick with leather, and make use of bright pillows.

Wendy
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Wendy

I boldly chose to reupholster my cream sofa in aubergine (my husband calls it purple) a few years ago. I have always loved to use plums and greens all over my house, so why not my sofa? I always have compliments on the sofa. It’s remains my favorite piece of furniture. I just had my grandmother’s chair cushions done in plum background with gold dragonflies for our camp. Purple with the pine floors-gorgeous!

Jenny B.
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I love colorful sofas! Ours is blue denim, and I’m very happy with it. I just wish the denim fabric didn’t show wear like actual denim jeans do! I’m going to try for a more durable fabric on our next sofa. I’ve been noticing colorful sofas in set design lately too (especially on Disney Channel shows… can you tell I have little kids?). I really like the yellow Chesterfield on Good Luck Charlie. 🙂

Mary CC from CA
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Mary CC from CA

While I loved browsing at the beautiful color choices, I’ll have to stick with my off white/neutral sofa. I have my color on the walls and in the accent fabrics. I like the of white because I can change the look of my room with just a simple change of accessories or pillow covers. You did a great job on the article explaining what the new trends are ! Kudos on your magazine article Kristie…so happy for you !

Mary CC from CA
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Mary CC from CA

Kristie, I think I am safe in saying that most of us who visit here truly enjoy what you do for us. Your blog allows me to escape the reality of my hectic crazy life for a few minutes each week to focus on the things that I love and enjoy. Your articles are relevant to me and provide me with information that is interesting, fun and well written in a way that only a dedicated professional could do. Though I am an older hen than you, you have taught this old bird more than a few tips and tricks… Read more »

Heidi
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Heidi

I agree with Mary CC! I so enjoy reading your blog and have learned so much. Thank you for sharing your “adventures”!

Cindy Butler
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Cindy Butler

I just purchased a red couch and I absolutely love it!!!?

Sarah
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Sarah

How did you know I’ve had a tan couch for the last 10 years? Ha! I like that the color trend for couches gives me “permission” to be bold and pick what I really like (I’ve always been drawn to blue, but some of the greens you posted are show-stoppers to me!) — and that really isn’t following trends after all, right? If you pick something you love, then you’ll find ways to make it shine.

JudeB
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JudeB

I’ve only recently started to really take notice of home decor, which seems funny as I’m in my 50’s! Several years back we bought the brown leather suite for our living room (in the UK)Me , I knew leather was a mistake at the time, but having 3 young grandkids felt it was practical, and they’ve certainly given it a hard time, but I am SICK TO DEATH of it, and would love to put slip covers on it, in an off white – the grandkids have grown past the dribble and drool stage now. I think that with the… Read more »

Richelle B
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Richelle B

I think the colorful sofas are beautiful, but a sofa isn’t something I replace every couple of years. I’ve had the same beige sofa for 7 years now but my pillows, accessories and paint have changed quite a few times making the whole room feel new to me. I don’t think it would be as easy to change things up if you were locked into a really colorful sofa.

Amanda
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Amanda

I have always loved gray so my gray sofa is perfect for me! 🙂 I don’t see it as dreary or drab. I like the beachy softness of gray and off white. The colored sofas are so fun and I’d go for one in a bedroom, but the brightness would drive me nuts in our main living space.
Thanks for the tips, Kristie!

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Rhonda
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Rhonda

I have an “oatmeal” sofa in my family room that’s pretty and versatile. But it really pops in the winter when I put my honeysuckle pink velvet slip cover on it!! This year, around Easter, I had a really hard time taking it off!! But velvet looks so hot in Florida! Looking forward to November when it makes its appearance again!

Donna
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Donna

When I was single many eons ago I bought a pretty baby blue velvet loveseat and chair -everyone else was buying gold and green. I didn’t care-I loved it!!

Anne Dewees
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Anne Dewees

I adore color, never got into using the popular “neutral” beige, grey colors. Thrilled to see the pendulum swing in another phase.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

No thanks, I’ll stick with my big brown blob of a sofa!

Barbara Morton
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Barbara Morton

I am the very happy owner of a beautiful yellow sofa in my living room. Have had it for at least fifteen years. Never fails to make me smile and feel good when I go in there.

Elena Espy
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Elena Espy

I’m in love with that navy sofa and the pillows on it!

Terry Murphy
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Terry Murphy

Love the colorful sofas, and if you are younger, they are a terrific addition to a living room. My husband and I are retired, and need to be a little more conservative in our choices, since a sofa is a big ticket item and exoensive to replace when trends change. My sofa is a charcoal gray, bordering on black, with gold and turquoise accent pillows. Chair is mustard gold with gray velvet throw pillow to tie the pieces together. Lots of turquoise art and decorative itens in the room (I live in the Southwest).