Some design decisions are just difficult. Choosing a simple white paint for your ceiling can take days of staring at paint chips until you start seeing spots. Picking a sofa is no different. The options for fabric, size, material, shape and more are enough to make your head spin.
But there’s one way you can make this process a little easier: Whatever else you do, go with gray. Here are my top 10 reasons as to why going gray is the safest bet you can make.
Notice how this room reads a strong presence of blue, even though only a few accessories actual show any color. Gray makes colors pop (like vivid black) while feeling fresh and clean (like stark white), so you can play with pillow accents endlessly and never clash. Trends will come and go, but gray will always slip right into a new palette perfectly.
Tip: When shopping at big-box stores that sell interchangeable sofa covers, consider grabbing a fun, colorful version for a summer look, and the darkest gray available to keep on hand for winters (or for when you move and need to adapt to a new space).
The contrast between light and dark, cool and warm, and various textures is what gives this room visual variety and interest, and so the strong gray sofa anchors this scheme in a key way. A gray sofa in particular (as opposed to other furniture) also gives you lots of wiggle room, as you can lighten the look with a draped blanket and toss pillows until the effect is just right.