Bagged the blue sofa of your dreams? Make it the star of your scheme with these different design ideas
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Navy, indigo, teal and turquoise show no signs of taking a nosedive on the interiors radar. So picking out a blue sofa is a great way to anchor a new living room scheme: it’s classic, adaptable and bang on trend all at once. Check out these ideas for incorporating a blue sofa into your living space.
Accent with gold
A glint of warm metal is the perfect highlight for a rich, blue sofa, especially one upholstered in light-catching velvet. Try accents of gold, brass or copper, such as Art Deco-style side tables, a slick chandelier or even a few cushions covered in a pale gold fabric, as here.
Don’t go overboard for fear of an OTT glitz-fest, and anchor with a neutral floor and walls for a sophisticated backdrop.
Cultivate a classic look
You might generally associate a blue and white colour scheme with a coastal vibe, but the striking silhouette of this inky velvet sofa against a bright white backdrop is chic, crisp and classic.
Layer up texture and pattern, like the sheer curtains and geometric wallpaper here, to prevent the look from appearing too sterile.
Pair with orange
Try teaming your deep blue sofa with a bold, tangerine footstool. This brave colour choice might not be for everyone, but orange and blue are contrasting colours that work incredibly well together – they’re opposite to each other on the colour wheel.
If you don’t want to splash out on a large piece of furniture, try a scattering of bold orange cushions for a warm, spirited lift.
Echo with a grey sofa
Pale greys offer a serene complement to dark blue. In this room, the blue velvet sofa is echoed with a warm-grey cotton version in the same shape and style (but with a flash of blue piping to tie the scheme together).
The look is completed with soothing pebble grey walls, a huge rug (again bordered in blue), and a mix of cushions to ensure the room isn’t too matchy-matchy.
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Use blue as a neutral
Long gone are the days when beige and off-white were the only useful neutrals for your interiors scheme. Here, a dark blue sofa becomes a chic ‘new neutral’ and is used to ground a wider palette of red, peppermint green and yellow.
The eclectic vibe is enhanced by the shelves of propped-up pictures, the brass-legged side table and the industrial-style coffee table.
Create a retro vibe
Choosing midcentury-style furniture in a mix of wood, leather and metal will create a retro-industrial atmosphere that’s effortlessly stylish.
In this living room, the designers have centred the look on a midcentury-style dark blue sofa and energised the scheme with a fuchsia knitted throw and a patterned rug and cushions. The brass lamps add warmth and emphasise the richness of the navy sofa.
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Team with green
Forget the old adage ‘blue and green should never be seen’ and pair an indigo sofa with leaf green for laid-back elegance.
The key to this room is that the palette is restricted, so the colours aren’t fighting each other. The graphic blue/green rug is central to the scheme, tying the colours together in a pleasant merging of shades.
Play with paint-box primaries
You may not have considered turquoise for your sofa – indeed, a deeper, darker blue is usually considered a ‘safer bet’ than this vibrant, jewel-like shade. But there’s no denying the bold, uplifting and eye-catching ambience this room exudes.
Here, the turquoise is mixed with blocks of red, green and yellow for full-on energy, but you could always team yours with a neutral rug and curtains to create a calmer but still uplifting mood.
Try blue on blue
One side of this room is so saturated with deep, dark indigo, that the velvet sofa in the same hue is barely visible. It works to create a sophisticated mood, and is also a good trick if you don’t want your sofa to dominate the space.
All that intense colour is punctuated with bright cushions and art, which are showcased beautifully against the inky backdrop.
How have you incorporated a blue sofa into your living room? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments section.