Gorgeous modern living room with a blue velvet sofa, designed by Ashley Darryl.

Image via Bryant Toth Fine Art. Interior Design: Ashley Darryl. Artist: Hector Frank.

The color blue is one of my top two, or maybe three, favorite hues to use as an interior designer. In my Manhattan apartment the Living Room walls were a reflective, high-gloss, sky blue, and the Master Suite walls were a matte French Blue. In my current home in Virginia, the palette is a more relaxed, and  a broader spectrum of blues and whites. Yet while I’m completely comfortable with light to medium shades of the color, I have yet to venture into the deeper blues: such as royal blue, cobalt, navy, and indigo.

Darker shades of blue are an unexplored as-of-yet frontier for us, and as I’ve started to take an interest, I love seeing these saturations used perhaps less often on walls, and definitely more often on statement furniture pieces: like the sofa. As is visible in editorials, actors and fashion bloggers, and families of four (and more) have embraced the deeper blue sofa as a sexy intersection of masculine and feminine–that also acts as a practical neutral. Especially when tufted and upholstered in a textured fabric like a durable velvet or hard-working ultra-suede, the blue sofa –whether within a contemporary or traditional aesthetic– is that much more luxurious, cozy, and inviting.




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Photo by Kara Rosenlund/Courtesy Halcyon House.

Halcyon House, in Australia’s seaside town of Cabarita Beach. Love the blue sofa. More reasons to say yasss to a blue sofa: https://www.sarahbaynes.com/blue-sofa/

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Author: Sarah Baynes

Interior Designer and Author at SarahBaynes.com, empowering women to decorate with confidence.

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  • Angela

    Okay so I made the plunge and I ordered a navy blue sofa. After looking at the photos I’m still not quite sure how I will decorate with it. Thanks for this article, but I’m still nervous…

  • Hi Joanna, How exciting! You’ll have to send me a pic once it’s delivered! xo, Sarah

  • You sold me on the blue sofa! I just purchased one today.

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  • Enrique Crespo

    Love blue too. So ‘royal’ and upscale looking when paired with complimentary furnishings. And like your other comment said, blue fabric furniture really does seem to satisfy both male and female design tastes. Thanks for the post!

  • Aura Modern Bedrooms | Bedhead Perth

    I definitely say yassss to a blue sofa! 🙂 It is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture that can really use a space in your home. Blue also works for both men and women, so I think it can be used without limitation. Thanks for sharing this post, Sarah!