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How to Choose the Right Sofa Color

A sofa is one of the top three furniture expenditures at home, so choose your sofa carefully. Like other major furniture purchases, your new sofa will be with you for many years. Whether you call it a couch or a sofa, that large and (hopefully) comfortable piece of furniture in your living room can make a big impact on your color choices for the rest of the room.

If you’re starting a decorating project from scratch, a sofa can be chosen first so you can decorate around it.

A showpiece sofa as inspiration for a room could be upholstered in a vibrant luxury fabric, or covered in a colorful print. It is a focal point of the room.

If you are adding a sofa to an already decorated room or if you’d prefer the sofa play a supporting role, then choosing color becomes very important. Choosing a new sofa for an existing color palette means that you’ll have to decide if the sofa will be neutral, or if it will take on an accent role.

There are designers that favor a sofa that matches the wall color to unify the room and make the room look larger. This is a creative idea for a harmonious color scheme. If you are buying a sofa to match your wall color, then changing the wall color in the future could be complicated. The most common approach is to choose a sofa that complements the other decor and is not the center of attention nor camouflaged into the wall color. This is why neutral sofa colors are the most popular for most homes.

 Should You Choose a Light or Dark Sofa Color?

Once you decide if your sofa will be an accent or neutral color, you’ll need to decide if your sofa will be light or dark. Your floor color has a big effect on choosing the right sofa color. If you’re considering a potential sofa sitting on your floor, will it float on a sea of dark wood flooring or carpet or will it blend into it?

Because a sofa is traditionally large and upholstered, and most fabric absorbs light, it can darken a room considerably. A trick I use when considering a new sofa color is to find a sheet or blanket in a similar color and drape it over the existing sofa. This gives you an idea of how the color will look, and if the sofa will be too dark or too light for the room.

If you’re putting a dark sofa on a dark floor, it will appear to disappear into the room. If you would like to use a dark sofa on a dark floor, you should try to make it more visible. A dark sofa with metal or light wood legs can create visual space between the sofa and the floor. The use of a lighter rug under the front of your sofa can separate the dark colors and make the sofa color pop. A light wood or metal coffee table could also help to define the sofa from the floor.

A light-colored sofa has different challenges from a dark one. The biggest challenge of a light sofa is staining and wear. Before selecting a white or light sofa consider how the room is being used now, not how you hope it will be used.

If your dog is like mine and believes that a sofa is just another large dog bed, then you would probably not want to put a white sofa in your living room without some serious retraining. If your sofa will be used by kids and pets, and you still love the idea of a light sofa, then washable slipcovers are a stylish compromise.

Things You Should Know About Sofa Colors

Once you’ve considered the light and dark of your new sofa, it’s time to think about 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.

Neutral sofa fabric includes beige, gray, taupe, and cream. A matte beige sofa fabric can appear dull around other colors, but a textured beige fabric with flecks of monochromatic color can create interest without adding new colors. Gray sofas can range from pale to charcoal colors. Considered a style chameleon, gray can be sophisticated, comfortable, cool or crisp. Neutral sofas can quietly complement your other decor, but still be stylish and attractive.

A sofa of any color can be beautifully integrated into your space if you treat it as another color from your color scheme. This means adding accessories or prints in the same color as the sofa, to spread the color around the room. A sofa is a large expanse of fabric, by repeating pops of the same color as an accent, it can balance your room.

Get Rid of a Used Sofa

It is no secret that getting rid of a used sofa or sleeper can be difficult. Upholstered furniture may not find many takers, especially when it is damaged, torn, or stained. It can be frustrating to think about the fact that you once paid good money for a piece of furniture that now seems to be of no interest to you or anyone else.

Unfortunately, with the exception of leather, upholstered furniture can depreciate greatly with use.

It is difficult to get rid of it, even when you’re not looking to make money.

So, what is a sofa owner to do other than abandon his unwanted furniture by the road? As it turns out, there are plenty of options.

 

Hold a Garage Sale

While it is difficult to sell used upholstered furniture, it is not impossible. To a great extent, it depends on the condition of the piece. Only consider selling if it is in reasonable shape. Here’s a good way to gauge the condition: if the tables were turned, would you want to buy it?

If you feel your sofa is in good enough shape, get it cleaned professionally. It may not fetch big bucks, but it will sell more easily.

If you’re holding a garage sale, your sofa can simply be part of it, making it potentially easier to sell.

Read more about selling used furniture here:

  • How to Sell Your Used Furniture
  • Tips for Selling Your Old Furniture

 

Place the Sofa in a Rummage Sale

Consider placing your used couch in a church, community center, or school rummage sale.

Your participation could be limited to hauling it there, which eliminates any worry about organizing a sale on your own. Consider this if your sofa happens to be the only item you need to sell, as just one piece does not warrant holding a garage sale of your own.

Place an Ad Online

There are numerous online resources that can help you get rid of your used sofa.

Craigslist, eBay, and www.freecycle.org are some of them. You can try either selling it or giving it away for free. Don’t forget to mention whether you will deliver, or whether the buyer will be responsible for pick up.

Old Sofas for New

Some stores will take your old couch if you are buying a new one from them. It’s always worth asking.

 

Pass it On

Ask friends and family if they have any use for your used sofa. Chances are someone might, especially if they are heading to college soon.

 

Advertise to College Students

If you live in a college town, college students might be your best takers. Students are always looking for furniture that is cheap or free.

 

Donate to a Charity

Charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or St Vincent DePaul may be eager to take your furniture off your hands. Most charities will arrange a pick-up from your home and even give you a tax receipt.

Check to see if you have any furniture banks in your town. They will also haul away your sofa, give you a tax receipt, and find a new home for your unwanted piece.

You may also consider donating to a shelter for the homeless, your local theater, or school.

 

Have Your Used Sofa Hauled Away

Try everything you can to prevent any furniture from going to a landfill, but if your couch is badly damaged and beyond repair, have it hauled away. Consult your city before you dispose of it on your own. Many cities will have services for hauling away your items, often for a fee.

 

The Moral of the Story

While it might be too late for the sofa you are trying to get rid of right now, here are some steps you can take in the future to make things easier for yourself:

  • Buy a good quality sofa, which should lessen your need to get rid of it anytime soon. If you do need to sell it for some reason, you will be able to find more takers due to its high quality.
  • How to Judge a Sofa for Quality​
  • Top 13 Tips for Buying a Great Sofa
  • After bringing your new furniture home, take good care of it. It will last longer and should be easier to sell when you need to do so.​​
  • How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Furniture
  • Caring for Leather Furniture
  • Consider reupholstering. This may not work for everything, but if you have a good quality sofa with a sturdy frame, reupholstering is definitely an option.
  • Use slipcovers. They often end up being less expensive than re-upholstering and can be custom-made or bought ready to use.​
  • Slipcovers as a Budget Solution for Tired Furniture
  • How to Choose Sofa or Chair Slipcovers

Easy to Assemble Furniture

We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.

 

Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.

 

And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately. 

Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.

 

Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.

 

Buying Furniture Tips

Before buying furniture, you should know how to find the best match for your needs. Every piece of furniture has certain elements or features that determine whether or not it is a good fit.

There are some general rules that apply to all furniture purchases, but sometimes you have to consider more specific parameters. And let’s face it, furniture is such an investment that understanding how and what to buy makes sense. Otherwise, the process can become confusing, intimidating and ultimately frustrating.

A sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases for your home, so before you buy a sofa make sure you are getting one that fits your needs.

A sofa that is perfect for your living room could be a terrible idea for your family room. First, figure out how you want to use your sofa and who will be using it. Determine whether your sofa is a good fit for your space and since there are sofas to fit any style of room, look for one that satisfies your own personal sense of style. The fabric you select for your sofa contributes immensely to its usability and beauty.

Just as when you buy any furniture, you should be confident that you are buying the best quality sofa for your budget, and that it offers you the comfort you need from it.

A sleeper sofa is a great multifunctional piece of furniture with the potential to turn any room into a bedroom. You can fit a sleeper sofa in so many places – a child’s room, an office or even an appropriately sized alcove.

Almost any sofa can be bought as a sleeper sofa, and sleeper sofas come in all sizes. If you only have room for a twin bed, find one in a chair. A slightly bigger room might be able to accommodate a full-size sleeper sofa, which could function as loveseat when not in use for sleeping. A sofa that seats three people easily can be transformed into a queen-sized bed.

Buy furniture that functions both as comfortable seating and a comfortable bed in any size, and what’s more many sleeper sofas come with hidden storage.