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Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Most people admit that their first consideration when choosing a sofa is the design and the shape. How the sofa looks comes first and where it is going in the home and this is closely followed by comfort – colour is often the poor relation and often not seriously considered until further down the line.

Blue is a highly versatile colour for soft furnishings but often, navy or mid blue for chairs and sofas is considered to be pretty neutral and more of a backdrop colour than a style statement. In fact, there are lots of potential shades of blue which can be used to complement different sofa styles and so a blue sofa can be used to blend other pieces together or it can act as a statement piece and bold focal point in its own right.

Blue works incredibly well with numerous other colours so a blue sofa can potentially fit into many different interiors and rooms whether the styling is modern minimalist or period and classic.

Isn’t blue a cold colour?

Blue does have a reputation as a cold colour if it is used as wall paint or wallpaper but for soft furnishings, it is far less chilly. Blue is a good way to add a sharp touch of colour without risking something too bold or trending which may date quickly and become unfashionable. A blue sofa is classic and timeless whatever shade of blue you choose and the colour can be softened with throws and cushions in bold contrasting colours or light cream, silver and white.

A blue sofa can inject personality and creativity into your interior space. Add a bold colour pop or use a blue sofa as a statement piece to create a luxurious feel to an opulent lounge or bedroom. Why not opt for a pale blue or soft pastel to give a cosy homely feel to a sitting room or bedroom? Here are some of the best trending ideas for blue sofas:

  • Create a salon feel with an opulent velvet button backed blue sofa in a bold room with high ceilings which picks up the specific blue shade of colouring on the walls and paintwork, you can even use it for floor to ceiling bookcases. Avoid navy and go for a dark powder blue with a grey mix. This is part of a trend to create a space with just one colour. Blue is a good colour for this type of interior design as it transitions well into different seasons and can be stylish and mellow without being boring and dull. The idea is to envelope yourself in the colour so match with rich fabrics for an inclusive and luxurious feel. Wooden floors in a warm, brown or honey tone will both accentuate and soften the overall look and the clever use of rugs and décor will ensure the interior look is not too cold or stark.
  • Use a mid-blue or light blue sofa to create a comforting and welcoming look in a smaller room, for something cosy and intimate. Create a casual and relaxed feel with a contoured blue sofa which is perfect for informal spaces and family areas within the home. Break up the blue with lighter coloured cushions and throws – choose pastel fabrics for a cosy country look or rich, opulent colours for something more luxurious. A darker blue sofa is also so much more practical in this environment as it disguises stains and wear and tear much better than a paler coloured alternative.
  • For a classic or more contemporary look, mix blues and greens with a navy blue sofa as the main item of furniture and occasional chairs in different styles dotted around it. Picking up the shade of blue in accessories will help to blend the room together. This styling works well in both a period or a more modern home and can embrace all sorts of styles and colours in rooms of different proportions.
  • Go for full on luxurious with a deep blue velvet sofa, any velvet sofa is a statement piece but there is something so right about a dark blue crushed velvet. Set against a pale or white backdrop to create the maximum statement or contrast with another bold colour like emerald green or fuchsia. Add throws or cushions in pale cream or gold and take the whole look to the next level.
  • For modern, minimalist interiors, a blue sofa can add class and luxury without dulling the impact of a stripped back look – choose a mid blue shade which works well with pale greys and beiges to provide a slightly more austere interior.
  • If you are opting for a totally white palette in a living room or conservatory then why not add a baby blue sofa, this softens the look very slightly without diminishing the impact. Blues, silver and white work so well together to create this modernist style.
  • No seaside interior would be complete without some blue and white, the perfect nautical colours for a holiday home on the coast. Blue with stripes or patterns has a beach hut vibe and a cool look redolent of the ocean.
  • In a large hallway or landing, add simple style with a classic blue sofa, a versatile colour that integrates with other furniture and décor.
  • Create a cosy sanctuary with cool pale baby blue sofa matched with grey and dusty pink for a calming and relaxing vibe in a bedroom or sitting room.
  • A blue sofa can act as a grounding piece in an all white or white and grey room.

What is the best shade of blue to choose?

Darker blues work best if you are looking for luxury and opulence although a powder blue or baby blue sofa can look stunning in a salon setting. Paler blues tend to be associated with a rustic or period feel but not always. Blue is the colour but the shape of the sofa and the choice of fabric are also really important.

For busy households, darker blues are more tolerant of marks and stains than paler shades although they do show pet hair.

Dark navy blue offers a real alternative to black which can be too harsh and functional. Navy gives the same dramatic effect as black but without feeling oppressive or sombre.

Blue is considered classic, safe and trustworthy but it can be changed up with the right accessories into something quite vibrant and modern, using different textures and contrasting colours for complementary fabrics plus metals and woods as part of the interior design. Blue is a calming colour taken from nature.

If your focus is actually other colours and you are looking for something to act as a backdrop for bold oranges, pinks, hot mustard or just classic white or cream then dark blue can do this. Blue provides the perfect showcase for almost every colour.

A material difference

One of the key factors when choosing a blue sofa is to think about the choice of fabric. Something grainy and textured on a paler sofa can work well in a soft, country sitting room for a more informal, cosy look.

Velvet is a winner for formal reception rooms or grand hallways; velvet creates an opulence that is hard to beat.

Choose a paler blue satin or velvet for bedroom sofas to create a real boudoir feel with scalloped shapes and cabriole legs.

Blue leather gives a club room feel to a sitting room or study and won’t ever really date.

The colour blue is in the ascendency at the moment and there is a shade of blue sofa to suit every home and interior space. Blue can be used to make a statement piece particularly when combined with a rich fabric like velvet and the lighter hues like baby blue can create a cosy, more homely feel for small sitting rooms and bedrooms.

A blue sofa can be used as a link piece to bring together other colours; it works well with almost anything and also transitions throughout all the seasons. Whilst blue sofas are definitely on trend at the moment, blue provides a classic touch that doesn’t ever really date or go out of fashion unlike some other colours. Blue is reliable and mixes and matches with virtually every other shade and tone in the colour palette. A blue sofa can also work in any room in the home depending on your preferred shade of blue and fabric choice from midnight blue in a formal lounge to baby blue or duck egg in the bedroom or nursery. And of course, by adding a blue sofa to your interior, you are following the sound principle of using one of nature’s most prolific colours in the home.