Orange is the New Blue, at Least When it Comes to Living Room Sofas

updated Feb 20, 2020
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In case you haven’t noticed, the ‘70s are making a comeback. Bell-bottoms and platform shoes are once again on the runways, and woven flower crowns have pretty much become a staple at every music festival. Another rebound artifact from the groovy era? Burnt orange sofas. That’s right, the bright hue is making its way back into our homes and our hearts, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Having a burnt orange sofa in the living room doesn’t have to feel like you’re living in a Halloween version of “Groundhog Day” (or Central Perk). The key to pulling it off is going for a subdued version of the color, such as something with tan undertones or a coppery, rust shade, which will make it easier to swap into an existing color scheme. Pair your choice sofa with light pink accents for a glam look, or round out your set up with earthy hues for a more natural, organic vibe. 

Need a little more convincing? See how six stylish homeowners brought this vibrant sofa style into their living rooms and made it work.

In this Southwestern-inspired living room styled by Deborah French Designs, the bold red-orange velvet sofa is grounded by vintage pieces and rustic accents—literally speaking, in the case of the jute rug. The eclectic mix of patterns spotted on the floor cushions, coffee table box, and sofa throw pillows all play well with the sofa because the share the same intensity and rust color. 

Who knew a room with such a loud pop of color could also feel so peaceful? These San Francisco renters paired their orange sofa with light gray walls and a cream zigzag rug, giving the space a naturally airy element. Consider this proof that less can be more. And we’re totally digging that towering cactus plant in the corner, too.

If you’re not afraid to double down on paint, take a cue from this scene and embrace a complementary color combo like navy and orange. Or you can opt for lighter versions of these shades if you like a little less saturation. Here, cheery splashes of yellow, found on the throw pillow, wall art, and bookshelf, help unite the two high-contrast tones.

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The jewel-toned sofa in this Parisian-inspired living room is a prime example of how seamlessly and beautifully this hue can complement any aesthetic, fitting right in with the blush armchair and surrounding brass accents. The colorful duo, offset by splashes of navy, provide a sculptural focal point in the otherwise tonal living room.

An open floor plan, white walls, and plenty of natural light set the stage for the rust orange sofa in this minimalist living room spotted on the Forward Features blog. As the undeniable focal point, it invites warmth and interest to an otherwise starkly decorated area. 

In this room designed by Beth and John of Fresh Start Living, deep blue walls again set the stage for the ultimate statement piece: A red orange sofa. Eye-catching accents, from palm-printed pillows to a green ottoman and a Moroccan rug, amp up the eclectic feel of the space and work to subdue the brightness of the couch.

Looking for a new sofa and think orange might work for you? Let these picks serve as your starting point for shopping the trend. 

Camila Velvet Sofa

A curvy frame and retro hue combine to form an elegant sofa that’ll look great when styled out with yellow or blush velvet pillows. The tucked seaming creates a luxe, trend-forward ruched seat back, while tapered wooden legs will fit in with other classic Mid-century modern style pieces.

Buy: Camila Velvet Sofa, $1,099 from Urban Outfitters

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Desmond Sofa

If you’re eager to try the trend but not into the idea of decorating with bolder colors on top of it, then this is the sofa for you. Its rustic and earthy hue means you’ll have no problem finding complementary neutral tones to pair it with.  

Buy: Desmond Sofa, $1,499.00 $739.99 from All Modern

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Saturn Sofa

Harvest season is calling. This streamlined sofa’s coloring—dubbed “sweet potato”—pretty much sums up its look. Its brownish undertones make it a good partner for mustards, reds, or dark green pairings. 

Buy: Saturn Sofa, $1,498.00 from Apartment 2B

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Charlie Sectional

Looking for a statement piece? This large sectional is it. Thanks to its velvet orange upholstery and brass legs, it’ll command attention with effortless flair. For extra flexibility catering to your space, you can order the chaise on either the left or right hand side of the sofa.

Buy: Charlie Sectional, $2,428.99 $1,379.99 from Joss & Main

Gilmour Two-Cushion Sofa

With its balanced, structured shape, this velvet sofa makes for a gorgeous and luxe addition to a modern living room. We love that the frame is entirely covered in upholstery—not a bare leg is in sight.

Buy: Gilmour Two-Cushion Sofa, $2,098 from Anthropologie