Bring the Bold

It’s the time to shine for boldly colored sofas across the United States, appearing  in homes of every size and style. Local design professionals discuss the staying power of these colorful purchases in St. Louis.

Edited by Moe Godat



Boldly colored sofas, or any furniture for that matter, are definitely a trend or craze. That said, it’s one of the most significant ways to show off your personality and atmosphere in your home! If everything was neutral our lives would be SO boring! Have fun and enjoy some color in your life! Take a chance and make a space tastefully memorable! Anne Marie Boedges, Anne Marie Design Studio, LLC.

My mother used to say, “Don’t call attention to your shoes if your feet aren’t your best feature.” Some rooms can carry big splashes of color. If there are large windows facing the east, west or south, the color could fade quickly. That’s never attractive. If you plan on keeping your furniture for 5 to 10 years, you’ll want to consider putting the bold accent color on a smaller piece of furniture, rug or accent wall. So for that reason, I’m calling it a craze. CJ Knapp, Yours by Design.

Boldly colored sofas are a great way to interject energy or liveliness into a space. Neutral couch lovers are stepping out of their comfort zones and opting for a bold new look. Currently, bright velvet sofas that have that cozy feeling are all the rage. I feel like boldly colored couches are having a moment right now, but it is just a moment without true staying power. Boldly colored sofas are a fun trend, but the trend will end and the neutral sofas will come back strong. Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design.


Because a sofa is a larger upholstered piece, I think a more neutral approach to the fabric with bold-colored accents in pillows, throws and even a chair, will still make a statement. Color preferences change, and changing out smaller items makes more economical sense.  So I think for those who like to make a bold statement, it can be a classic, and the accents around it change. While for others, a neutral base is their classic, and bold colored sofas are just a craze. Georgine ODonnell, O’DESIGNS.

As far as we are concerned, they are always in. But the bold colors being popular right now are jewel tones: emerald, gold, teal and burgundy. And then we are also seeing pink — soft, but a bold decisive choice! These are a departure from the typical Pottery Barn colors of the past like bold red and navy. We think the new bold colors are refreshing, but at Interiors by DK we hope to play with all the crayons in the crayon box all the time! Dana King, Dana King Design Build Remodeling, Interiors by DK.

For so many years, the "neutral" sofa has been the go-to. I'm uncertain whether to call it a classic or a craze.  Let's face it, no matter how good our intentions are, few of us are changing our pillows and throw blankets seasonally or as our mood changes. We all worry that we will tire of a bold sofa or chair, but the truth is, it will likely be ready to be replaced (or recovered) before that happens. Choose something you love and commit to it! Teddy Karl, The Great Cover-Up.


As someone who loves colors and bold statements, this is an element that I use frequently, whether the trend is neutrals or wild color. My home has two boldly colored sofas that have been there the entire time neutrals were in style. This is such an easy way to bring a bold color to your living room. Use a color you love, and you won’t tire of it. Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design.

I think boldly colored sofas are the statement of the year! Not all sofas can be white. Arlene Lilie, Arlene Lilie Interior Design.