So you bought – or already own – a white sofa. What to do next, besides make sure you have a foolproof plan for spills and stains? Accessorize to dress it up a bit more and make the most of your blank canvas.
We asked Nate, Sasha, and Lauren to weigh in with their best advice: what would they do to make a white sofa more exciting?
(It’s worth noting both Sasha and Lauren were quick to preface their answers with: “A white sofa *is* exciting!”)
LAUREN SAYS: It’s all in the pillows
“I actually have a white sofa in my living room – I love that it feels modern and fresh and can be mixed into any interior. But, if you’re looking to change it up, try experimenting with new pillows to add pops of color and different textures.”
NATE SAYS: Go bold with trim
“There are so many ways you could put your own spin on a white sofa. You could add fringe or decorative trim to the bottom, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could also take a permanent paint pen and go over all the sofa welting in a contrasting color. I have not tried that yet, but you know what? I would.” (Note: the photo above shows an example of the beauty of contrasting trim on the chair.)
SASHA SAYS: Throws make it chic
“White is neutral and timeless – but that does not equal boring! A great patterned or richly textured throw can change the look in an instant. Plus: it’s so easy to swap out a throw to create a whole new look in a matter of minutes.”
Lead photograph featuring the home of Kelly Framel by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter; at left, photo of Sasha Adler’s home by Paul Elledge for ELLE; at right, photo of Nate’s Milan home by Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR.