Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Trend of 2012: Say Goodbye to your Big, Brown Sofa

The new trend for 2012 is to bring in some color with a nicely tailored sofa with sleek lines. This trend takes most people out of their comfort zone, but when you're out shopping for a sofa don't immediately go for the 'oh so common' brown sofa sitting on the showroom floor. 
I'm not against brown sofas, they have their place in the world, but going the other way is becoming more and more common in the world of design.  And oh, does it make life more fun!  There's a comforting feeling that people think comes with getting a brown sofa; they think it ensures that it will go with everything and work with any design thye might ever choose to have… 
Well, so does a tan, gray, and a white sofa; even light muted colored sofas like blue, green and yellow can work!

Designer: Jennifer Baines Interiors
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These neutral sofas above are great examples. They are much lighter to the eye than a dark brown sofa would be and the colors from pillows pop better off this lighter fabric.

Designer: Garrison Hunter Interior Design
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In this design above not only do we have a neutral sofa with tons of fun colored pillows but there is also two different colored chairs that join in on the design.
Mix and match your colors and patterns for a more intriguing space.

Designer: Rebekah Zavelof
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Now don't let the pattern scare you.  Many people would consider this sofa a neutral because of the calming color palette and since the contrast between the colors are so minimal.
You can bring in colors with a fun rug or with pillows; or like in this particular design keep the accents neutral for a calmer color scheme.

Essex Sofa

This West Elm sofa has a big black and white pattern but it would still work for a number of designs. If you have the style that could support a piece of furniture like this GO FOR IT! Sofa's with prints are coming back in 2012 and I'd say this one does it pretty elegantly. 

 The next two photos showcase colored sofas.  Now these won't work in every situation but they definitely have their place in the world.   
Designer: Unknown
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I love this blue sofa used as the accent piece in the room, paired with gorgeous pillows and set in a neutral surrounding.  The blue is outstanding.

Designer: Chloe Warner
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This yellow sofa is so charming, it has just enough color to give it a pop and the layered yellow pillows are fantastic.
So don't be afraid to stray from your brown sofa!  There's a world of color just waiting for you.
There are so many wonderful options and directions you can go.  Remember if you need help making the switch you can always ask us here at The Design House.

1 comment:

  1. It is a great idea to give designer opinions and work with comments.
    Sofas in light grey are fun to work with. You can put various punches of colors around them. Like pillows( red, white, yellow, turquoise , green , purple, dark brown or even black) and darker in tone rugs This gives I light effect and freshness to your sofa.