Use the Color of Your Sofa To Set the Mood for Your Room

It’s the focal point of the living room and a big furniture investment: The sofa. More than just a place to sit, the style and color of the piece determine the vibe it adds to a space.  Once you’ve selected among the different sofa types and chosen one that fits your decor scheme, you can add impact through the color that you choose. Even the types of chairs you add to the room can change the feeling based on their color. They don’t have to match and can be a mix of solids and prints. No matter what you choose, the color of the sofa is key because it really set the mood.

Muted Tones

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The color of a sofa can help emphasize its style.

Pale, muted hues add an extra element to the living room without introducing a bright color. When choosing among sofa types, this design by Nick Alain makes its impact through the elegant shape and metal accents and feet. A bright color would fight against the style and it has more impact in this dusty pale, grayish lavender color. The soft color also helps set the mood for an elegant yet understated living room with a bit of a feminine edge.

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A classic shape in a modern upholstery choice set a contemporary mood.
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A slightly feminine color an still work in a gender neutral space.

Among the sofa types, the Chesterfield is among the more masculine styles because of its traditional link to men’s clubs and traditional English libraries. To maintain a more gender-neutral mood for the living room a darker mushroom hue is a great choice for the sofa. Rather than set an old-fashioned feeling for the space, the velour-type upholstery keeps the room more contemporary while still using this classic sofa type.

The square arm style is among the retro sofa types and is versatile depending on your upholstery choice. Here, a dusty pink velvet creates a lighter mood, with a nod to the feminine. The tufting of the back adds a little formality to the piece, making it appropriate for a formal living room or a family room. The hue is muted enough that it doesn’t scream “girly” and could be played down with the addition of chairs and other furnishings that have a more masculine or moodier vibe.

Natural, Neutral Colors

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Neutrals are a safe choice for those who like to redecorate frequently.

Because it is among the larger furniture expenditures people will make, sofa types are always available in neutral or natural hues to make them more versatile. Neutral sofa types are like the chameleons of the furniture world because they can be dressed up or down, depending on cushions, accessories and other furnishings in the space. Neutral colored sofas are ideal if you like to change up the decor frequently as the allow for accent colors to be easily changed.

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Among neutral sofa types, the style can range widely from slouchy to formal.
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Neutral colors can take on a different vibe when combined with wood.

Choosing sofa types that are a little out of the ordinary can help establish a more eclectic vibe in the living room. This one is neutral, but it features an angular wooden frame that lends an earthier vibe than one done fully upholstered. The prominence of the wood creates a more casual atmosphere that can easily be brightened up with colorful cushions for a change of pace.

Luxurious Leather Tones

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Leather in a natural brown color sets a casual mood for a space.

Leather is a popular upholstery choice for various sofa types for many reasons. The long-wearing material is considered luxurious and holds up better than fabric upholstery. Leather also creates a more upscale vibe in a room whenever it is used on a sofa. The level of formality is determined more by the style of the sofa than just the leather and it is used in living rooms and family rooms alike.  If you have a particular mood you want to create and are using leather, consider your choice of sofa type carefully.

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Dark leather on a linear silhouette is modern and masculine.

A more contemporary and streamlined silhouette make a leather sofa contemporary and far from the old days of the club chair or club sofa. A dark brown leather creates a moodier and more masculine atmosphere than a lighter brown leather choice would. The cleaner lines make this an appropriate choice for a living room where you want to convey a contemporary feeling.

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Neutral colors on a traditional shaped sofa style create a more conservative space.

Lighter leather and a more traditional type of sofa are a good base for a variety of accent colors. The neutral leather will help create a space that can be played toward either end of the gender spectrum — male or female — with the surrounding furniture. Using the sofa to set the neutral color palette for a living room is an easy way to establish an unfussy vibe in any space.

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Added detailing can emphasize the mood created by the colors of the sofa.

Even neutral leathers on sofas can be amped up with specific details. This particular one combines two shades of leather and quilting on the cushions and arms. The styling makes for a more masculine look of luxury, ideal for a family room or a man cave. The two-tone leathers are a very different option that also is out of the ordinary for most leather sofa styles.

Brighter Colors

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Deep colors can still have a conservative feeling when used on a classic Chesterfield shape.

For those who are not afraid of color, choosing a bold hue for the sofa can make a real style statement and set up a creative look that is livelier than most. No matter what the upholstery material, there are loads of options for color, from retrained deep colors to more saturated, bright hues. It all depends on the level of commitment to color and the desired vibe. This set from Abbyson is upholstered in leather and although it has Chesterfield styling, the modern silver feet and forest green leather give it a contemporary feeling.

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An unexpected sofa color immediately provides a contemporary mood for a room.

For an even more contemporary mood, try an unexpected color like this mauve. Although it’s an unusual choice for a sofa color, it blends well with neutrals and browns and creates a relaxing atmosphere, especially used on a sectional like this one. Depending on how much color you want, you can up the mood of the room by adding more mauve accessories, or, let the sofa stand alone as the dominant colorful piece in the space.

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Red is a classic color choice where you want to create a luxurious vintage feeling.

Red is a particularly striking color choice for any sofa types, especially one with a unique design like this. An exposed wood frame and accent panel at the base of the sofa are brought out by the bright color of the velvet. The crimson hue also carries an air of luxury and with this style, a sense of vintage flair that adds to the personality of the room. Definitely more for a living room than a family room, it’s a sophisticated color and style.

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Robin’s egg blue make a room feel lively and fun.

Blue may be the color associated with boys but this turquoise version is better suited to a feminine parlor or living room. Choosing a bright hue adds a major pop and creates a more contemporary mood in the room, no matter what sofa types you’re talking about. Turquoise, or rather a robin’s egg blue color, accented with silver studs and lucite legs create an atmosphere of frivolity and fun.

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A sofa done in a restrained color still creates a focal point and lighter atmosphere in a room.

Of course, not all bolder colors are bright or vibrant. This particular blue sofa has a gray undertone that softens the mood but still makes a statement. Amid the neutral chairs and wood furniture, the sofa stands out and is further highlighted by the small pops of orangey-red in the rug. The combination is another example of how a more tradition sofa style — the Chesterfield — can be used in a more casual, contemporary space with great success.

Color has always been used to set the mood of a space, but not everyone considers a sofa’s color as an important tool for the same purpose. These examples show how any space can be transformed with the color of the sofa, whether it is bright or neutral.  So, before you go shopping for new sofa styles, consider how your pick and its hue will affect your space.