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How to Choose the 
 Perfect Sofa Color

When choosing a new sofa for your living room, you’ll have to coordinate with your existing color scheme and existing interior design concept. As the centerpiece of your living room, getting the sofa color right is the most important part.

But before you get discouraged, please note that you don’t have to be a professional interior designer to be able to coordinate your sofa color with the rest of your room. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to choose the right color for your sofa and create the perfect living room. 
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The 5 Most Popular Sofa Colors

Here are some of the most popular choices for modern sofa colors: Gray, Blue, Beige, Soft White, and Green. Most sofa brands offer these colors or variations on shades of these colors. We encourage you to find a unique color for your sofa. To help with that, Allform offers free swatches, so our customers can check out not only the color, but also the fabrics available. 

When decorating a room, there are two ways to choose your sofa. You can either start with the sofa and decorate around it or choose a sofa based on existing decor. Depending on which color you prefer will also have an impact on your upholstery choice. 

Some popular options include fabric and leather. Fabric options come in most colors you can think of whereas leather options tend to be more neutral colors like browns and black.

Choosing a Color Palette 
 for Your Living Room

When choosing a color palette for your living room or family room, the first thing you should decide is whether you will want a neutral or an accent color. Which you decide depends on the existing color scheme of your room. 

Take into account things like your coffee table, loveseat, paint colors, floor colors, and any other home decor. Are they mostly neutrals or mostly accent colors? Mostly light palette, or dark palette?
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Additionally, you should consider the amount of space you have to work with. If you’re in a smaller space, some interior designers believe that a sofa that matches the color of the wall can make the room look larger.

However, the most common rule of thumb for DIYers is to choose a sofa that complements the existing decor and isn’t too loud nor blends in too much.


For many, a neutral color, like a soft white sofa or a gray sofa, makes the most sense. Particularly if you have a complicated color palette, a neutral sofa is most likely to fit the best. 

You might also consider a darker neutral, like a dark gray, black, or brown for your living space to offset high traffic and dirt. You can always test some vibrant accept pillows to give a more inviting vibe to the room.
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Blue, Green, and Other "Pseudo-Neutrals"

Believe it or not, blue sofas and green sofas are also considered pseudo-neutrals. Blues and greens tend to be very harmonious colors often referred to as calming and serene colors on a living room sofa.

Additionally, as blue and green are so common in modern sofas, they tend to blend really well with other pieces of furniture and accent colors.  
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Bold Accent Colors

If you’re feeling bold, and are of the mind that your sofa should be the focal point of the room, you might opt for a bright colorful sofa. Choosing a few complimentary accent colors can really go a long way in creating a beautiful living room space. 

With a bold colored sofa, you can either choose complementary accent colors or create vivid contrasts between different colors. The best way to do this well is to seek some advice from an interior designer or look online for inspirational photos that can help you build your palette.
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Consider Your Sofa Upholstery

Ultimately, the color you choose will play a large role on which type of upholstery you choose. 

For example, if you’re interested in a neutral tone, you could either go with fabric or a leather sofa. However, if you are choosing brighter colors, you’re more likely to find that with fabric options. Most natural and synthetic fabrics come in a variety of color options.

For truly bold, gemstone colors, velvet sofa upholstery is a popular choice.

Consider Space and Sofa Size

The size of your living area will also make a difference. As stated previously, with smaller spaces, lighter color palettes are preferred as they make the room look larger and more open.

If you’re looking to make the most of a small living room, a neutral convertible sofa is a great option to make the room appear bigger and it adds functionality to the room, creating a bed for guests.  
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Where to Shop for New Sofas

When it comes to choosing your new sofa, you have so many options it can make your head spin. We suggest starting with Allform. Our sofas are made with modern style aesthetics at the forefront, customized to meet the needs of any size space. 

We also have helpful information to help answer all your furniture-buying questions such as the best fabric for sofa upholstery