Question, is it time to purchase a new sofa?
If you have gone into a retail store recently, the sofa colors available are dark gray and beige with very little variation or nuance in those two color schemes. Retailers will tell you that they sell these two options because they will appeal to almost every color scheme and style.
I am here to advocate for a new color in sofas and that is…Blue. If you follow my interior design work you know that I use blue a lot. I was ecstatic last year with Sherwin Williams made Navel-6244 it’s color of the year for 2020. In North Carolina blue is a way of life and two of the major colleges, Duke and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill use it as their school colors. Blue works in almost every color scheme and has a range of hues and tones to fit any design style.
Though categorized as a primary color, I use blue as a neutral instead of a white or off-white fabric choice. In the photo above, I added a soft blue sectional to this very neutral living room. My client wanted a very calm and serene space so I chose this light teal Inside Out fabric which can be cleaned with water which makes it an affordable option. The color is tranquil but also distinctive so the living room is not repetitive.
Next if you want a bit more color in your room this light blue sofa above with a recessed arm is perfect. This very girly room with the floral rug, red accents and green lamps is perfect and an affordable design option for families. The bright colors are very happy and relaxing which is why it is one of my favorite photos saved in my social media.
If the light and bright style of coastal design is your preference, then this living room designed by Collins Interiors is perfect for you. The medium blue sofa is right at home with the white cocktail table, natural grass rug and water inspired art. The fabric on the swivel chair is fun, funky and a perfect match to the t-cushion 3-piece sofa.
On the other side of the spectrum, I adore this peacock blue velvet sectional with turned legs and tufted back in this room designed by Garden Variety Design. It looks so comfortable and inviting. I also like that the walls and woodwork are the same intense blue paint color as the fabric on the sofa. This is a great study in monochromatic styling and the wallpaper on the ceiling is a wonderful addition.
If your style is a bit more eclectic check out this living room with two different navy sofas. The designer, Ann Lowengart paired a navy modern tufted sofa with a taller and traditional sofa with nail head trim. By using very similar fabrics each piece looks cohesive. Also, I am swooning (which I tend to do a lot) over the ceiling trim and the chandelier.
And my last blue sofa that I love is this contemporary sectional in this moody dark gray living room. Adding a mix of gold, teal and gray pillows which are colors from other parts of the room create a very cohesive space. If you are interested in exploring a blue sofa in your hope, give me a call!
First Impressions by Julie Wagner
Chapel Hill, NC