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Should Sofas Match the Wall and/or Floor Color? Does it Matter?

Photo collage of different sofa style.

It doesn’t matter if our sofa matches the floors and walls of our living space. Having a piece that stands out well adds a whole new life to the room and prevents it from being too bland or boring.

For instance, while it’s not a couch but a recliner, I have a maroon piece in my living room, and everyone who comes wants to sit there. It’s as though it’s a statement. The same sentiment carries for a vibrant sofa. 

How to Carry off a Sofa That Doesn’t Match Your Walls or Floor

Living room with a blue sofa matching with the accent wall.

It’s not about matching, but rather complementing. You can get a couch of any color you desire, from earth tone to a more vibrant piece, like blue or even green. Now the next mice are to place them, not in a corner but at an angle where they can make a statement without taking away from everything else in the room.

A way to do that is by accessorizing the room with colors that match the couch. For example, a vase, picture frames, wall decor, or flowers. The list is endless!

I can relate to your anxiety. Buying a sofa is a major investment in our home’s interior design. It’s no surprise that the color of your sofa will have a significant impact on the rest of your modern design. 

What Should Influence Your Sofa Color

A pink velvet sofa against beige walls.

Your couch can be influenced by everything from a vase to paint color or even throw pillows. Even though neutrals have been around for a long time, you may find yourself craving something a little different. With an established color scheme, it might be difficult to find the right mid-century sofa to fit in with the rest of your decor.

You may have heard that your sofa should be either neutral or a statement piece, but this has long been an incorrect dichotomy. Why not have both? Traditionally, a room’s sofa has been the star of the show when a vivid hue is used to unite the space. Instead, a new form of neutral is being preferred. 

What is the best way to choose a living room sofa color? You may use subdued hues without making an overt “statement” in your space if you pay attention to warm colors, smooth materials, and polished hardware.

Is it a Bad Idea To Have Your Sofa and Wall Color Coordinate?

Living room with dark blue sofa against the blue wall.

A safe bet is to coordinate your sofa color to the wall color or even the floor. What fun is there in doing that though, since it confines you to a specific color scheme for a long period? Instead, use the colors on your walls and sofa as a starting point for a color scheme.   

Are you drawn to shades of dark blue and sage? Look for a gray that has similar shades. Instead of designing your area around a particular piece, think about the colors you naturally pull towards and acquire items in that palette.

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Material Choice is Important 

Living room with brown leather sofas over carpet flooring.

For this essay, let’s assume that you’re a hygienic, productive adult who can take care of yourself and your possessions. Leather is a classic material that you can use for many years to come. 

It’s long-lasting, easy to maintain, and can withstand common household pests like dogs and kids. It is also able to maintain a comfortable temperature year-round, regardless of the season.  Other textures can have a chance to shine alongside a leather sofa because it doesn’t overpower the room.

With a clean leather backdrop, you can keep your area fresh and up-to-date by adding eccentric throw pillows or blankets.  As a result of the new neutral scale, the leather may be found in a variety of colors, including deep chocolate browns and caramel tans. Indeed, leather isn’t always the best option for everyone’s style or way of life.

If you want your decor to flow together, choose colors that go well with what you already have. Consider the other colors in the space when picking out a sofa’s color scheme. It’s easier to pick the ideal sofa shade for our living room if you use hues close together on the color wheel.

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Introduction to Color Psychology

Living room with gray sofa and pink accent wall graced with a painting.

Consider how you want the family room to make you feel whenever you’re trying to decide on a sofa color. The way a space communicates its purpose can be greatly influenced by the psychology of color. You may envision a sensory deprivation cage coated in a neon green color. 

However, think of it as an upbeat nightclub, but with the walls painted a relaxing shade of pink, like in this photo. When it comes to color, it’s as much about how you feel as it is about what you like. Your sofa serves as a conduit for your emotions because it serves as the centerpiece of your living room. 

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How to Decide on a Sofa Color

Living room with a gray sofa, concrete walls, and turquoise drapes.

Finding the right hue for your mood, yet one that will not take over the room can be challenging. To assist you, we’ve collected a list of colors that are easy to include in your trendy home interior and how they’re claimed to impact your mental state. Thank you very much.

Look at the different colors in this photo. They complement each other nicely, not too loud. What are you aiming to bring across? I always suggest red, pink, mint green, or turquoise if you’re striving for femininity. Blue offers you peace of mind, especially coming home from a hectic work environment, or olive green is guaranteed to calm your nerves.

A more masculine look would be navy blue, brown, black, or even grey and taupe. Looking for something more balanced? You can’t go wrong with pastel shades or earth tones.

The Bottom Line

Whatever you choose, make sure you’re comfortable, since a couch is the largest piece of furniture in your space and a long-term investment.