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What Color Sofas Go with Beige, Brown or Tan Walls?

Sofa will be the focal point of your living room, it will define the looks and moods. Here are some tips to choose the right color for a sofa to fit your theme.

Beautiful white blue and beige living room.

When it comes to choosing a color for a sofa to pair with beige, brown, or tan walls, it really depends on the home decorator’s goals. If a home decorator wants to convey a specific mood, they should choose a sofa color based on the tone they wish to set.

For example, a light pink sofa will bring a flirty, feminine touch to a room, while a bright orange sofa will create a bold, quirky contrast. A white sofa will bring a classic vibe to a space, as well. The possibilities are endless, but there are a few tried-and-true pairings that work better than others.

Red Colored Sofa

Red sofa in a living room.

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Like the classic red lipstick color, scarlet hues bring out the best in beige, brown, or tan walls. Especially if the walls have rosy, orange, or olive undertones, a red sofa will pop against the neutral base. At the same time, it will bring out the warmer notes if it is a warm red or create a crisp, sophisticated feeling in a cooler tone. A more orange-leaning red sofa color will strike a strong chord against a set of chilly tan walls. This color choice works best for shamelessly unique personalities that can stand up to such an assertive home decor scheme.

If a decorator is working with chocolate brown walls, a crimson couch combined with white accents adds energy and interest to a lifeless living room. Red brings out the copper notes of a brown, beige, or tan wall. This invigorates colors that are traditionally seen as limp or boring. This combo in particular generates the same feeling as chocolate-covered strawberries or truffles and wine, making it an ideal combination for hopeless romantic types.

Teal Colored Sofa

Teal colored sofa with glass light.

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For a cool, calming mood, add a teal sofa to your furniture set against a beige, brown, or tan backdrop. Pair a darker teal with lighter beige or tan walls or a lighter shade with darker brown walls to form a pleasant contrast. Depending on the rest of the decor, teal and tan can set the tone for a tribal atmosphere with tribal print curtains and related artwork. Teal adds a pop of color without jarring home inhabitants or visitors.

Teal and tan is a combination as old as time–after all, it mimics the color palette of the beach. This beautiful mix opens the door for nautical artwork, tribal patterns, and bohemian decor. The possibilities are endless and it is sure to spark creativity for professional decorators and casual apartment renters alike.

Gray Colored Sofa

Gray Colored Sofa in a living room.

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The recent “greige” (gray mixed with beige) trend makes us think that a gray sofa set against beige walls may be a match made in social media heaven. Gray is an incredibly versatile color that comes in a variety of shades and tones. Warmer tones will pair well with warmer beiges, tans, and browns, while cooler grays will compliment cooler ones.

Of course, decorators can always contrast warm gray sofas with cool-toned beige, brown, or tan walls. Conversely, they are free to contrast cool gray sofas with warm-toned beige, brown, or tan walls. Grays with ruddy undertones will bring out the copper tones of tan, much like red pairings. Grays with blue undertones will make a beige wall read more neutral and cool.

The best part of a neutral gray sofa is its ability to handle a great deal of color in accents, throw pillows, and surrounding decor. It serves as a blank canvas to support other individual design choices. As the popular home decorating blog The Spruce says in their article “How to Choose the Right Sofa Color,” “If you’re not working with a showpiece sofa, then a sofa in a neutral color is a popular choice. Neutral sofas are easy to decorate around, and can easily keep up with your style as it changes over the years.”

White Colored Sofa

White colored sofa in a living room.

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Similar to pairing shoes with an outfit, white is a classic neutral color that goes with every single color on the color wheel–including beige, brown, and tan. A white sofa will pop against the lightest tan and the darkest brown walls.

Even an off-shade of white such as cream shines against a brown background. A white sofa will brighten up a space without competing with existing decor’s colors. As tastes and preferences change and pictures swap out on the walls, the white sofa will anchor the rest of the decor and pull the look together.

Selecting a sofa is a very personal and important matter.

Interior decorating professionals believe that furniture color choice should reflect the home owner’s intended vibe. Selecting a sofa is a very personal and important matter. As Jenna Salter mentions in “Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa Color for Your Home,” “…your sofa will be the focal point of your living room, it will define how the space looks and feels. Therefore, choosing the right color scheme, and by extension, upholstery, will contribute to defining the interior design of the space.”

In conclusion, choosing a sofa color to match brown, beige, or tan walls depends on the individual decorator’s wants and goals. Some popular pairings include red, teal, gray, and white, but these colors are simply a starting point for home decorators.