How to Mix Sofas


Mix-and-match sofas can create a tasteful decor scheme as well as offer other benefits. You can mix sofas out of convenience (such as when you already have two different couches), to add contrast and visual interest to a room or because you like two different sofas and can't make up your mind. As long as there is something common between them or they complement another aspect of the room's decor, sofas don't have to match.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Sofas
  • Chair or ottoman
  • Sofa covers (optional)
  • Accessories such as pillows and throws
  • Paint the walls in a color found in both sofas. If the couches have no color in common, choose a neutral color that looks nice with both. For example, if one sofa is a blue and green plaid and the other is a cream color, paint the walls cream or tan.

  • Arrange the sofas so they complement each other and the rest of the room. Set them across from each other for an easy and natural conversation area where you can see a large window, fireplace or TV from either sofa. Add a chair or ottoman in a color that matches both sofas, if you have the room.

  • Use sofa covers to create mix-and-match sofas if they have the same pattern or if there is nothing you can do to make them work together. A tan sofa would go well with sofa striped in various hues of golds, oranges and browns. Black and white stripes, plaid, floral patterns or other designs look good with almost any bright, solid color.

  • Tie the sofas together with accessories. Use coordinating curtains or drapes, a rug or pillows to tie in patterns and colors. For example, if one sofa is yellow and the other is black and white, add yellow pillows to the black and white sofa and black and white pillows in a corresponding pattern or shape to the yellow sofa. Complementing your drapes is easier as you can pick between yellow, black or white. Hang art or pictures and place candles, plants or floral arrangements around the room to carry the colors or patterns found in the sofas.

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