colourful sofas that make for winning schemes

The advice may read go for neutrals when choosing a big ticket piece, but these colourful sofas prove that sometimes you have to break the rules to come out on top...

There are so many variables when it comes to choosing a sofa: size, style, texture and colour all need to be carefully considered. After all, it’s a large piece of furniture that you’re going to be living with for some time. So it’s understandable that so many go for the safe option and plump for shades of grey, adding colour with cushions and accessories.

Yet sometimes it pays to be daring with colour. The designers of the schemes that follow have refused to play it safe. They have branched out with a wide range of colourful sofas that command attention and set the tone for the entire room.

The majority of the schemes have a calm, neutral backdrop, with bold splashes of colour or pattern introduced through the upholstery.

Buy a good sofa that’s built to last and that suits your room and it can live on in many different guises, as in the case of florist, Nikki Tibbles, whose Terence Woodgate sofa is onto its third reincarnation with the addition of a fresh, floral fabric.

If a colourful sofa is a commitment too far, think about a neutral base with upholstered seat pads in a bold print, like the striking example covered in House of Hackney’s Palmeral velvet. This can easily be updated at a later date without having to replace or reupholster the entire sofa.

Feeling brave? Then dive right in. Some sofa manufacturers, like Loaf or Sofa.com won’t limit you to their own fabric selection, they will let you choose custom fabrics from your favourite store. And where better to seek inspiration than from the Queen of Colour herself, Tricia Guild? Two of the examples that lie ahead have been covered in velvets from Designers Guild and both get a ‘yes’ from us.

So consider your space and find colour ideas that will take your room to the top of the style stakes.

Daily Style Fix