Learning to Love Colour in Your Living Room

Summer is just around the corner, and with the new season on its way, we’re all craving a little extra sunshine and new signs of life in the world around us. Whether you’re one to buy neutral furniture – versatile through the seasons and years and helpful in creating a calm environment – or love wearing your full personality on your sleeve (or sofa), there are always ways to introduce much-needed life and colour into your home in a way that feels “you”. Add a temporary, seasonal touch, or go all out with creative upholstery – the choice is yours…and the options are many!

1. Throw In a Few PIllows

There’s nothing as simple and statement-making as a few well-placed throw pillows. Easily switched out seasonally for colours, materials, and even stitched in phrases that best fit the time of year, and an inexpensive decor element that can completely transform your space. Most of the pillows available in our store come in around $50, and in everything from solid velvet to screen-printed linen.

2875 Sectional by Decor-Rest upholstered in an off-white fabric with dark legs and lots of toss cushions in a variety of summery colours (mustard, burgundy, green)2875 Sectional by Decor-Rest upholstered in an off-white fabric with dark legs and lots of toss cushions in a variety of summery colours (mustard, burgundy, green)

2. Use Creative Fabric Combinations

Select brands (and sometimes even specific collections) offer the opportunity to select what’s known as “combination upholstery”. Combination upholstery allows you to choose two fabrics (in most cases, a solid and a pattern are chosen) to use to upholster the same piece. One fabric is typically used to cover the seat and interior of the back and arms, while the bolder fabric covers the rear and sides of the piece. The result is a one-of-a-kind, striking piece of furniture that incorporates bold colours and patterns without feeling overwhelming or busy. It also allows you to emphasize the tones and hues that you really want drawn out of the pattern and potentially other decorative items around your home. Throw in a matching throw pillow for a really finished look!

Vogel swivel chairs in mauve combination upholstery - solid mauve fabric on seat and mauve blossoming tree design on sides and back with matching throw pillowVogel swivel chairs in mauve combination upholstery - solid mauve fabric on seat and mauve blossoming tree design on sides and back with matching throw pillow

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3. Experiment with Contrast Welt

Contrast welt is the option to select a fabric (distinct from the primary material covering your furniture) that will be used to accentuate the form and seams of your piece. This fabric could be a solid or pattern, and is stitched around a cord, which is then secured in place over the primary seams on the body of your furniture. Contrast welt gives a crisp look to a simple piece, and accentuates the curves and lines of your accent furniture.

2310 Accent Chair by Decor-Rest - upholstered with combination of dark navy fabric and navy and white zig-zag fabric, along with white trim detailing

Cecil Chair by Best Home Furnishings upholstered in a dark navy fabric with contrasting white welt and buttons on tufted back

4. Make the Most of Metals

While perhaps not technically “colour”, being selective and strategic with the metal finishes on your furniture can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your room. The same way your kitchen can be totally transformed by your selection of traditional stainless steel or matte black stainless steel appliances, a glossy chrome finish on the legs of your sofa can create a completely different look than antique brushed gold. Some models feature exposed metal legs, while others (like below, by Decor-Rest), give opportunity for tailoring decorative metal accents to your taste. And of course, the upholstery material is still up to you, too – so choose a calming neutral or a vibrant colour to complete the vibe you want in your home.

Curved sofa 9815 by Decor-Rest with silver metal accent detailing on the side/armCurved sofa 9815 by Decor-Rest with silver metal accent detailing on the side/arm

5. Redefine with Rugs

Whether you choose to add colour into the furniture itself or to stick with a mostly monochromatic colour scheme, introducing a pop of colour through your decor is a fabulous design option – and area rugs are a perfect way to pull it off. Area rugs come in all shapes, sizes, and patterns, and can make colour the “star of the show” or simply hint at it, interwoven in a geometric pattern of neutrals. Rugs offer you a unique opportunity to bring texture, pattern, and colour into your room in an eye-catching but refined way. They are typically central in a room, and partially overlapped by sofa legs and maybe a cocktail table, all of which lends well to letting the rug truly tie all the elements together into one cohesive design.

Whatever you choose, we hope you love finding new ways to spice up your space with colour – and that you always find your home to be a refreshing, welcoming space.

Clarissa collection by Vogel next to a fireplace - upholstered in navy fabric and accented with white and orange throw pillows and a colourful area rugClarissa collection by Vogel next to a fireplace - upholstered in navy fabric and accented with white and orange throw pillows and a colourful area rug

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