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5 Smart Ways to Style a Dark-Colored Sofa

5 Smart Ways to Style a Dark-Colored Sofa

Today’s blog post is contributed by Julie Austin, a guest contributor. Please see the contributor’s details at the end of this post.

Do you hesitate when it comes to using dark-colored furniture in your living room? Well, you are not alone! Many of us find it difficult to make up our minds when it comes to styling our living rooms with bold color patterns and dark-colored sofas. No matter how beautiful they look, we play it safe by putting in a light-colored sofa. Actually, a dark-colored sofa can add a lot of visual interests! Here are 5 smart ways to style a dark colored sofa.

Here are 5 smart ways to style a dark colored sofa:

1. Let There Be Light

Since a dark-colored sofa is already dark in appearance and texture, you can add lighting in the room to add drama or to brighten up the room. A beautiful standing lamp in the corner of the room or a pair of side table lamps can instantly add more styles into your living room.

2. Balance

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Balance is very important when it comes to creating a room that feels put-together. Since dark-colored sofas are easy to mix and match with, you can add patterns, colors, etc. through the use of accent chairs, throw pillows, throws, artwork, etc. Striking the perfect balance between the light and the dark will create a great ambiance to your living room.

3. Add Texture

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Nothing adds more visual interests other than layering the textures in the room. A texture like leather or tufted details will look absolutely gorgeous. It will also provide your living room with the right kind of chic and modern atmosphere that you are looking for.

If you do decide to go with leather sofas for your living room, shop wisely so you’ll have a piece that’s both reasonably priced and will also last you for a long time. 

4. Accessories

Soft accessories like pillow and throws is a quick way to add more colors and atmosphere into the room, not to mention your dark-colored sofa is a perfect backdrop to make these accessories pop. When you have a dark-colored sofa like black or deep navy blue color, you can essentially match any patterns or colors with it to create a wide variety of looks.

5. Wall Hangings

A living room is incomplete without the perfect art on the walls. A dark-colored sofa is the easiest way to make the artwork hung above it stand out. You can also mix them with wooden furniture in the same room to add a more organic feel.

Contributor’s bio: This post is written by Julie Austin. She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends. She regularly blogs at

Feature photo courtesy of Breather

50 Income-Producing Activities for Home Stagers

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Color Schemes for Staging Your Home | Day 3 of 30-Day Home Staging Show Podcast

Color Schemes for Staging Your Home | Day 3 of 30-Day Home Staging Show Podcast