A white sofa is a practical and versatile furniture choice for a living room but can quickly become boring and stark without accessories. Fortunately, you can change the look of favorite comfy sofa with a few colorful accent pillows. Go from clinical to cozy by using throw pillows rich in color, texture and pattern to make your sofa an inviting focal point in a room rather than a cold blank canvas.
Get Creative With Color
Use colored throw pillows that complement your wall color with added intensity. If the colors of your walls are neutral, you will have more options in choosing the colors of your accessories. Colors can affect mood, so choose accordingly. Cool tones like blue, green and purple create a calm and soothing effect, while red, yellow and orange entice warmth, passion and appetite. For a more monochromatic effect, choose pillows within the same color family of that on the walls and floor. This adds a more contemporary and classic feel in a room. If your design style is far from “safe,” add vivid contrasting colors with bright pillows that add character and personality that will be hard to miss.
Mix Patterns and Solids
You don’t need to be a professional decorator to play with patterns. Layer throw pillows in gingham, toile, stripes, florals or damask, and stand back to look at the big picture. As a rule, patterned pillows shouldn’t compete. If one pillow has a bold pattern, the one nearest to it should be more subtle and subdued. Soften busy patterned pillows by partnering them with solid colored ones.
Textured fabric creates added flavor to accent pillows. For a rich, elegant feel, use fabrics like silk shantung, velvet and faux fur. Add a casual or rustic look to your sofa by using pillows made of muslin, burlap or linen in muted neutral tones. If vintage style is what you are looking for, try using embroidered or tapestry accent pillows. Cotton, fleece and chenille are foolproof choices to use when aiming for cozy and comfortable sofa pillows. Keep in mind, throw pillows may be in need of cleaning from time to time. For casual well-lived in spaces, choose fabrics that wash and wear well and reserve rich delicate fabrics for formal living spaces.
Have a Backup Plan
One of the most gratifying things about having a white sofa is having the option to instantly change your decor. Keep extra pillows and throw blankets on hand for a quick makeover during a change of seasons or for the holidays. Dress up your neutral sofa with red and green pillows at Christmas or use elegant silver and gold in a shimmering fabric. Easter warrants spring-like pastels in pinks, greens, and blue and earthy tones look especially inviting in the fall. Not every pillow color and pattern will work with your walls and flooring. Keep accent pillows complementary to your room color and style to avoid a design clash.