This page contains a basic guide to choosing sofa colours. Even in the most basic of colours, standalone pieces of furniture can take on a striking appearance. Take a black sofa for example; it could be perfect for a reception, waiting area or a study, but the same sofa in a light and bright lounge would look out of place and ruin the room's composition.
Because colours can come in many different shades, the appearance of your room can be affected strongly by a colour's hue. When it comes to deciding on a colour scheme for any room or space, one of the golden rules of interior design is consistency.The way to achieve this is to spend some time thinking carefully, planning and doing right what you are doing now – reading and researching!
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Contrasts in colour can work very well indeed, but usually the staring place in choosing a colour for your sofa is deciding on the basic theme of the room. This theme determines the base colour that will serve as the binding that brings everything together into a coherent whole that is satifying to your eyes and mind.
Popular bases tend to be light in colour, beiges and off-whites for example have always been favourite bases. The addition of earthy shades such as red, green, brown or black tends to work well with the lighter bases. In most living rooms and lounges, the largest piece of furniture is usually the sofa. This in turn usually determined the theme, so its is vital to ensure the colour works well with the other smaller furnishings you already have. If you are starting from scratch then obviously you have more flexibility with which colour you choose.
The earthen colours work very well and have enjoyed being fashionable for quite some time. Allthough it is wise to chose them correctly, there is a decent amount of leeway or "room for error". In other words its a bit harder to go wrong with the colour of your sofa. On the other hand, if you decide to go for bright and more daring colours it is much more important to get it exactly right to avoid disasters!
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In terms of specific colours for your sofa, red is an emotive colour, so try to avoid using it in places of relaxation like the bedroom or study. On the other hand you can use red's energy in rooms like a gym where motivation, hard work and physical exertion are required.
Blues and greens are universally accepted as soothing colours. Living rooms are conservatories are ideal places for a blue or green sofa because these colours compliment those outside.
Some bright colours such as orange and yellow can be distracting, so using them in relaxing rooms is not ideal. Instead they should be applied to more recreational settings, a children's playroom being the classic example.
Another facet to bear in mind is the finish of the upholstery material. Leather can have a reflective, glossy finish and will pick up other colours nearby. Fabrics have a more matte finish will hold on to their colour more tightly.
Of course you may opt for a patterned fabric as opposed to a single colour, in which case the same rules