9 Chic Ways to Dress Up Your Boring Neutral Sofa
A classic sofa in a neutral color and durable fabric is a smart choice for any young decorator whose tastes are still developing. Using pillows, throws, and textiles, neutral sofas can be dressed up in a variety of ways to suit almost any aesthetic. Prevent your plain sofa from being a snooze by opting for one of the below ways to inject pattern, texture, and color into your space.
The single lumbar pillow on this linen sofa makes a bold statement due to its saturated color and length. A clean, simple way to add impact to a neutral piece, a single patterned pillow is perfect for those with more minimal inclinations.
An intriguing textile draped over the seat of this plain sofa injects a large dose of pattern and color into this space—but in a temporary way. A great option for those who dare to play with a patterned sofa without having to go through the expensive process of reupholstery, draping a blanket or fabric on a sofa also protects your light fabrics from small, sticky hands and muddy paws.
While the saturated walls and bold hues of this room’s walls and art are certainly eye-catching, it’s the small ikat bolster tucked into the arm of the neutral sofa that really has us charmed. The small patterned-packed piece ties in the colors of the abstract artwork, while making a small but powerful statement on the sofa.
Though the throw and decorative pillows on this cream sofa are virtually all the same color, their rich and contrasting textures create interest and depth. Who wouldn't want to cozy up on this for an evening?
This natural linen sofa is anything but boring thanks to the wide variety of shapes, colors, and textures seen in the pillows and throw. Nubby boiled wool, rich velvet, and layered kilim pillows harmonize with a faux fur throw, resulting in an intriguing mix that puts these fabulous soft goods front and center, and lets the sofa fade into the background.
An unfussy mix of pillow sizes and patterns feels classic and sophisticated in this space, thanks to their mirrored arrangement. With each pattern and size appearing as a pair, the plain sofa feels timeless and fresh at the same time.
A fearless mix of ethnic patterns, colors, and animal-print pillows transform this plain sofa into something quite spectacular. Bold artwork and framed textiles carry the eclectic theme onto the walls to unite the two elements. A similar level of saturation (meaning the pillow colors are all equally deep) helps the contrast of pattern feel cohesive rather than messy.
In this classic room, the hexagonal shapes seen in the art and rug, and the cool palette used on other pieces, are reflected on the pillows of this neutral sofa. Though not an exact match, by keeping the colors similar and the shapes in line, the sofa and accompanying art become a bold focal point.