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The Secrets To Style Your Sofa

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By on Nov 7, 2017
The Secrets To Style Your Sofa

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While your living room has many decorative features, nothing stands out more than your sofa. After all, it is one of the largest decorative elements in the room where you can relax or entertain. If you have quality furniture, you have a great canvas to work with when it comes to sofa décor.

From decorative sofa pillows to couch end tables, the way you decide to style your couch can make an impact on the overall cohesiveness of the space. Typically, redecorating your sofa is a budget-friendly way to get a new look. Let’s get styling!

If you love your sofa, but you’re stuck when it comes to styling, you may want an expert’s opinion! Contact an interior designer today for up to four quotes from pros in your area, for free.

Look At Your Sofa Color

1. Look At Your Color

Before you start buying all new products for your sofa, pay attention to the color. The best couches to decorate are ones in a neutral color, however, that doesn’t mean that brighter hues can’t look beautiful. Snap a photo or two of your sofa to reference when you shop at the store. It might be a good idea to take a few photos in a different light, so you’ll know if the décor fits at all times of the day.

Gray Sofa Décor

Gray sofas are very trendy right now as the hot neutral. Gray sofas work well with bright and bold colors. If the current style allows, choose bold colors with contemporary patterns. I love yellow and turquoise accents on a gray sofa. The perfect complement to this neutral!

Brown Sofa Décor

For those with brown sofas, you can mix and match! Dark brown sofas work great against lighter color neutrals. The perfect choice if you already have a colorful accent like a rug or drapes. However, brown also works well with deep colors such as green or red. It will definitely be the place where you want to cozy up after a long day!

Black Leather Sofa Ideas

While the color of your couch is important, the material can also add a unique look. Black leather can either excite or scare homeowners. While almost any color goes well with black couches, you want to make sure the material choices you are making compliments the leather. Choose products with a matte finish rather than a shine. Use muted accessories with lots of texture to style your sofa perfectly.

Decorative Pillows For Sofa

2. Decorative Pillows For Your Sofa

When it comes to couch décor, can one really have enough decorative pillows? With so many shapes and sizes available, you can really let your unique style shine. However, a good rule of thumb is to always stick with an odd number. Another great tip for the perfect decorative pillow combination is to vary the sets of sizes. Your largest pillows should rest closest to the sofa arms, working inward. A pillow that pops in the middle is a great touch to add, if possible.

Decorative Throws For Sofa

3. Decorative Throws For Sofa

Everyone wants to cuddle up with their favorite blanket on the couch. It’s the perfect thing to relax. It’s also a great element to add when styling your sofa! However, it’s often in the way the throw blanket is resting on the sofa that will give the room a casual yet trendy look. Try folding it lengthwise and draping it over the sofa with part of the blanket resting on the arm. You can also fold in thirds and toss it over the corner for a casual look. Place decorative pillows in front of your throw blanket.

Sofa Side Tables

4. Sofa Side Table

If space allows, a small sofa side table can add to the look and function of the space. It’s the perfect place to put a cup of coffee or decorate with flowers. The sofa side table should be the height of the couch as it sits next to the arm. Keep it simple. Smaller, narrow side tables work best here. Decorate with a vase or small tray, similar to how you would with a coffee table.

Sofa Side Lamps

5. Sofa Lamps

Lamps near the sofa also add a great style element as well as function if you do a lot of reading, writing or crafting on your couch. A sofa table lamp is a great choice that will provide adequate lighting to the arms of the couch. However, for those with sectional sofas, table lamps are not the best choice. Floor lamps behind sectional sofas are a great way to spread light throughout the room. Trending now is mid-century style overarching floor lamps, which adds elegance to your sofa décor.

6. Wall Décor Behind Sofa

While much of your attention will be spent decorating your sofa and the area nearby, let’s not forget about the area above. Some homeowners have their couches placed up against a wall, leaving even more decorating canvas. I love using large mirrors to give the room depth and brightness, but there are plenty of other ways you can dress up the wall. For more inspiration read 10 Unique Ways To Decorate A Wall.

Interior Designer Costs

If you’re looking for more secrets to style your sofa, your best option is to reach out to an interior designer. This might be very helpful if you are looking to stage your home for a sale or if you’re having a family gathering soon. They have the expertise to help you get the look. The average cost to hire an interior designer is $4,735.


Your sofa is the largest focal point of your living room, so make it something you love. Sofa styling offers many options to express your unique style. Use these tips to make your style stand out!

Looking for more decorating ideas? Read Home Decorator Secrets To The Latest Styles.

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