A beige sofa, is it boring or an inspired choice?
One man’s beige is another man’s toffee or buttermilk or vanilla or nude…beige doesn’t always have the best of reputations, just the word, ‘beige’, has connotations of something rather dull and predictable, dare one say ‘grey’ if that were not a contradiction! But beige doesn’t have to be, well, just plain boring beige. Here are some suggestions about how a beige sofa can work in your interior space.
- A beige sofa will add a tranquil and calm vibe to any room and setting, a beige sofa is relaxing and inviting with a soft hue.
- Beige complements almost any colour scheme, it certainly won’t clash so a beige sofa can slot into just about any interior scheme.
- Beige can work well as a breakout colour for strong shades like dark blue, deep green, plum and raspberry, both softening and showcasing these bold colours simultaneously.
- If you aren’t brave enough to have a totally white interior – very on-trend – then you can warm the look with a beige sofa and extend this look with gold or silver.
- A beige sofa is a great gift for a new starter home, it will work with virtually any décor regardless of what you find when you move in.
- If you want the classic look, opt for a leather buttoned sofa in creamy beige, Chesterfield style, this will add a touch of luxury to any interior, period or modern.
- If you have room for a sofa in your bedroom then a sumptuous Louis XV style sofa in a soft, warm beige will add a touch of boudoir luxury.
- A beige corner sofa can make the most of a compact area and offer plenty of seating without the piece dominating.
- Use a beige sofa to great effect in a conservatory or orangery or a living space with a veranda or terrace, match it with stylish rattan furniture with beige cushions.
- If silver, grey and gold with plenty of glass and chrome is the look you want to create, a pale, creamy beige sofa can act as a link piece to pull these different colours together so they don’t appear cold and stark.
- Add a beige sofa to beige walls and then use this as a backdrop to dress the room in vibrant colours and textiles reflected in the other furniture, curtains and cushions, this gives a classic, cool appearance, the perfect landscape for any choice of bold or warm colours.
- In a small room with a sloping ceiling and perhaps not much natural light, a beige sofa can create brightness with clever use of artificial lighting, giving the illusion of a bigger, brighter space.
- Use a textured beige fabric sofa in a room with exposed stonework – it will echo the colours in the granite or slate and both soften and compliment the overall look.
What colour is beige really?
Beige can range from nearly grey to almost white and at the other end of the spectrum, a toffee or almost coffee colour and all the shades in between. Beige can have cool tones or it can be a warm colour depending on what you choose.
What’s so good about beige?
Beige is a natural colour and all interiors’ experts will maintain that the best colour choices for a tranquil and peaceful room are nature’s colours, of which beige is one. Beige can be a subtle colour but is always warm and inviting whatever the setting.
If you are someone that just can’t stop decorating and likes to update your interiors ever year, then a beige sofa is the perfect choice as it will match virtually every interior you design and fit any colour scheme.
How to add a beige sofa to your interior, some design suggestions
Because beige is a natural colour, it works really well with wood and textiles. Match a beige sofa with a rustic wood coffee table or choose a design that has wooden legs or button feet, standing on a boarded floor.
Mix up the beige with sofa cushions in warm tones such as toffee and honey.
Use a striped rug with beige and bold colours interwoven on a wooden floor with a beige sofa. Beige is a lovely colour for textiles and adding a rug either partly underneath or in front a beige sofa adds depth and interest.
Add silver, gold and glass for a sharp contemporary look – this can also work well in a period setting, in a Georgian drawing room or sitting room.
A beige sofa in a period style is simply classic and can look cosy and inviting in a beamed cottage or sharp and elegant in a Georgian reception room.
If you like the nautical look of blue and white, why not opt for a soft, toffee beige which partners perfectly with a bold navy blue? It keeps that ‘seaside’ look but is softer and warmer.
Pair a beige sofa with armchairs in a rich plum or deep emerald colour, this look is clever in a small space as it allows you to use colour to great effect without it being too dominant.
Place your beige sofa in front of a dark-coloured wall, maybe burnt orange or a deep gold or even dark navy. These are called accent walls where four walls in the same colour would be too overpowering, particularly if the room is quite small. Just paint one wall or use a flocked damask wallpaper. The beige sofa will both showcase and soften the colour.
Different fabrics and materials for a beige sofa
- A crisp fabric is the perfect finish on a beige sofa, much like cream or white giving a smooth appearance that styles with any design or interior.
- A slightly textured fabric or grain effect creates an interesting appearance which is coincidentally much more sympathetic to tiny marks and smudges which can be hidden amongst the flecks.
- A beige leather sofa can be so many things to so many different interiors, square and angular with a plain finish, right on trend in a modernist setting or curved and buttoned with that traditional Chesterfield look, with a high back, deep seat and large arms – the height of luxury, plus leather is so much easier to keep clean than fabric.
- Beige velvet – could you get anything more luxurious, spot on if you are going for a rich, opulent interior and really want to use textiles as much as colour – choose a traditional or modern silhouette.
- Beige really lends itself to canvas fabrics which coincidentally are much more hard wearing and durable. If you are designing a room with a beige sofa and soft shades of gold and coffee with plenty of stripped wood, then using textiles in this way can add dimension and depth.
How to protect a beige sofa
Beige is not the most forgiving of colours in a busy household so buy a brand with reversible cushions, or cushion covers you can take off and wash.
Tougher materials like a canvas style material will stand up to wear and tear much better than a smoother, more delicate fabric.
Treat the sofa with a proprietary upholstery treatment like Scotchguard which will help protect against any stains or spillages and make them easier to clean when they do happen.
Making the most of a beige sofa
- Dress the sofa with bold patterned cushions in strong colours.
- Add a vibrant throw or blanket.
- Choose the material carefully and pick up texture in other textiles like rugs and even flocked wallpaper.
- Use a beige sofa in a rustic, plain wood setting, either period or contemporary for a look that is clean and warm.
- A beige sofa also works well with dark woods like teak especially in a conservatory or a room which opens out onto a terrace or patio, giving a cool, colonial feel.
A beige sofa is known as the interiors’ chameleon as it is probably the one item of furniture that can be used in just about any setting. But rather than just being an afterthought or a safe choice, why not plan your new interior around a beige sofa and see where the design takes you?
A beige sofa can be crisp, cool and modernist, luxurious and elegant or cosy and inviting – there are not many colours which can do all of that! Once you start investigating beige, you will realise that there are countless different shades and that’s before you add in the choice of fabric or material. Plus, beige as a colour can lend itself to just about any style and design of sofa, it really is a universal choice.
Those in the know actively use beige and incorporate into their design, it is the interiors’ expert secret weapon.