Choosing a Sofa to Match Your Living Room

Whether you’re facing limited space or a limited budget, choosing a sofa to match your living room can certainly seem difficult. From colours to styles, materials to pricing, there are many variables involved in choosing the right sofa.

The right sofa can make all the difference between a bland living room and a design masterpiece. Image

These four tips will help you choose a sofa that matches your room’s colour scheme, fits effortlessly into your floor space without making your living room feel cramped or claustrophobic, and brings a vital sense of balance into your living room.

1. Match warm to warm, and cool to cool

Matching a sofa to a living room is similar to matching an outfit to a body type. Each has its own unique features that can influence whether a certain colour looks good, bad, or simply unremarkable.

Most living rooms can be divided into two colour schemes: warm and cool. A warm living room is full of earth tones – browns, dark reds, cream, and even green. These rooms look wonderful with similar earth-toned furniture, or even black furniture.

Cool living rooms, on the other hand, use white, grey, and black effectively. These living rooms tend to be modern and minimalistic, although not always. Cool living rooms look great with bright colours, pastels, and even solid whites and blacks.

Choosing the right sofa for your living room is all about matching the colours of the sofa with the colours of your living room. Look at a colour wheel and choose a type of fabric that complements your living room’s palette, rather than dividing it.

2. Choose a sofa that’s the appropriate size

Nothing is worse for living room comfort than a sofa that doesn’t fit. When you’re shopping around for a new sofa, remember that it’s better to pick one that’s a little too small than it is to pick one that’s far too big.

If you’re furnishing a small living room, ignore the three-seaters in favour of a small but significantly more manageable loveseat. Your living room, and your budget, will thank you for downsizing.

3. Avoid mixing retro and ultra-modern

While retro and modern design can be mixed to great effect, it’s best to leave it to the world’s best interior designers. Throwing retro and modern design elements together leads to aesthetic disasters far more frequently than stylish surprises.

Generally speaking, it’s best to update your living room furniture at the same time as you update your living room itself. This ensure that your furniture will be feel out of date in your home, or look too modern in an room that’s too old fashioned to house it.

4. Make sure it matches your other furniture

Good furniture doesn’t just match the room – it matches the contents of the room as well. Before you settle on a sofa, make sure it matches your bookshelves, tables, and if the room you’re furnishing is a bedroom, your bed frame and linens.

If you’re buying a full interior package – with sofa, recliners, and bed frames from AHF – this is fairly easy to achieve. If you’re furnishing a room piece by piece, it’s a little more involved and demanding.