How Sofa Colours Affect your Interior: A Quick Guide

You have already decided on the manufacturer, the type of sofa, and even the texture of the upholstery, and now the hardest part! Which colour should you choose?

How Sofa Colours Affect your Interior: A Quick Guide

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You have already decided on the manufacturer, the type of sofa, and even the texture of the upholstery, and now the hardest part! Which colour should you choose? Will it be compatible with the interior or become too overbearing? What's the best sofa colour?


In this article, we will look at how to successfully integrate sofas of different colours into the interior and what kind of atmosphere the colour palettes of upholstered furniture create.


The basics of colour combinations in the interior


A sofa or armchair should look good in the overall colour scheme, and make the room stand out even more.


Neutral colours like white, black, and grey will fit well into any palette and are the most popular. Those who want to add bright colours to the interior need to follow the rules for combining colours.


To help you see below, It can be helpful to create various successful colour schemes:


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1. Monochrome scheme consists of light and dark tones of one colour. For example different types of shades of blue.

2. Similar - a combination of neighbouring colours and their shades. For example, shades of yellow and orange-red.

3. The linear scheme gives contrasting combinations of opposite colours: yellow and purple, light green and lilac.

4. Triadic scheme - a combination of three colours of a circle, which are located at the vertices of an equilateral triangle. For example, blue, red and yellow.

For your convenience see below some colour combinations in the interior.


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How furniture colour affects the indoor ambience


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However, the harmony of colours in the interior may not be the most important. Each person is an individual and has their favourite and unloved colours.


According to scientists, this or that shade can affect the emotional state of a person in different ways. You've probably heard that some colours are preferable for recreation areas (bedroom, nursery), while others are preferable for rooms where a person must work effectively.


Yellow ( orange ) sofa


Yellow and orange shades close to it create an atmosphere of comfort, filling the room with sunlight. These colours have a beneficial effect on the emotional state and stimulate the brain to function. Therefore, a sunny yellow sofa can be suitable for a children's room if your baby is very calm.


Green sofa


Green, light green and olive shades have a calming effect on the human nervous system. Therefore, for a bedroom and a calm living room, it is best to choose a sofa with such tones.


Red sofa


The red sofa can become the most striking element of the interior and, depending on the shades and texture of the material, add luxury. However, this colour quickly gets overbearing and a person begins to feel irritated, and young children behave capriciously and overexcited.


Therefore, red is not recommended as a colour for a children's room and bedroom. In the living room, it can become the main accent if the room as a whole is decorated in calm and neutral colours. This colour is comfortable for decisive and emotional natures.


Purple sofa


Purple is a mystical colour. It is often chosen by people who are creative and looking for inspiration. When decorating your room, it must be applied carefully as different shades can make different impacts. 


So for the bedroom, you can choose light blue-lilac tones, and in the living room, a wine or eggplant sofa will look gorgeous. Purple works well in workrooms as it is believed to stimulate creativity.


Dark blue sofa


Blue is the perfect colour for furniture if you are a fan of the sea. The walls of this colour may seem too extravagant, but for such an element as a soft sofa, it suits perfectly. Blue gives the interior depth and a person feels comfortable and balanced. However, shades that are too dark can be alarming.


Light blue sofa


Dreaming of the Snow Queen's castle? Blue is a calming and cooling colour that relieves tension. However, for people too sensitive and melancholic, such a background can wind up sadness and longing. An interior of this colour can be complemented with warm and bright accents.


Black sofa


Black is traditionally considered to be gloomy. In a dark room, a person may feel depressed. However, small black accents will add dynamics to the interior and will look bright against a light background. Solid black, as well as brown, are the perfect choice for office furniture.


White sofa


White colour visually expands the space, making it fresh and airy. White furniture looks good both in the bedroom and in the living room, however, it requires careful maintenance.


Brown ( tea colour ) sofa


The brown colour symbolizes confidence and success. The ideal texture for this colour is leather and wood elements. Various shades of brown fit well into the interiors of both the bedroom and the living room.


Some designers recommend choosing the colour of the sofa to match the walls. This solution visually expands the space, as the sofa seems to merge with the wall. Another approach is to play on contrasts and choose a colour different from the tone of the walls. For a successful combination, you can use the tables above.


General rules when choosing a sofa colour:


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  • If the colour of the walls is neutral (beige, white, grey), then the sofa is also neutral, but in a different shade.
  • If the colour of the walls is solid and neutral, then the sofa can be bright. In this case, the colour of the upholstered furniture can be supported by several other objects.
  • If the walls are painted brightly, then the sofa can be chosen in neutral colours.
  • A truly bright and unusual design will turn out great if you put a contrasting coloured sofa against the background of a bright wall.


However, the colour of the flooring also plays a big role.


For example, if you install a dark sofa on a dark floor, then it may just merge with it. In general, it is better to choose the colour of the floor and upholstered furniture in contrasting or plain colours, but light.


Selecting a sofa model with wooden shelves and decorative elements. then their colour should match the colour of the cabinet furniture in the room.


For rooms with neutral walls and floors, the colour of the upholstery can be tied to the tone of curtains or other furniture.


Interior colours and style


The high-tech style is characterized by grey and black and white colours, an abundance of metal elements.


Baroque is characterized by carvings and at the same time a calm colour palette. Pastel colours are perfect for sofa upholstery.


The classic style loves white and other very light colours. Therefore, a snow-white or light beige sofa will be appropriate here.

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