Make a Statement! Bold Custom Sofas for Small Spaces
Jun 08

Conquering the Fear of Color

It can be intimidating to select a bold color for your home, especially if you’re more comfortable sticking to a neutral palette. As a self-proclaimed “color-phobic” myself, I totally understand the hesitation. But sometimes, a strong hue is exactly what a space needs to really shine.

Through my years as an interior designer, I’ve learned a few tricks to help even the most color-averse clients overcome their fears and embrace the power of bold choices. And let me tell you, the results are always worth it!

Beth Lindsey, a fellow designer, shared some of her top tips that I’ve found incredibly helpful. Her advice? Start small, choose colors you genuinely love, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Small Steps, Big Impact

For my more cautious clients, Beth suggests dipping their toes into the color pool gradually. That could mean incorporating a vibrant piece of art, a striking accent chair, or even just painting an island or built-in shelves in a bold hue.

In one of her projects, Beth had a custom sofa designed in a gorgeous red. Even though the rest of the space was relatively neutral, that one bold piece instantly became the focal point, drawing all eyes to it. It’s an easy way to pack a punch without committing to color everywhere.

Paint: The Least Expensive Way to Experiment

Another of Beth’s genius tips? Start with paint. It’s by far the least expensive way to introduce color and see how it makes you feel. She used a lovely cadet blue on the island and range hood in one kitchen, creating an instant wow factor without breaking the bank.

Even if you’re feeling really adventurous, Beth recommends trying out a bold color in a smaller, contained space like a bathroom. That way, you can get a feel for it without it taking over your entire home. And if you end up not loving it? No problem – a fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy solution.

Tile: A Daring Design Element

Speaking of bathrooms, Beth also suggests looking to tile as a way to make a statement. There are so many stunning shapes and colors available these days, you can create a look that’s both gorgeous and daring.

In one of her projects, she used black penny tile on the bathroom floor, providing a dramatic contrast to the all-white space. It’s a terrific place to experiment with bold tile choices, since it’s a relatively contained area. The kitchen, on the other hand, might be a bit riskier unless you’re 100% sure you’ll love the look.

Layering Color through Accessories

My personal favorite way to incorporate color, though, is by layering it through accessories. Beth agrees that this is an incredibly effective (and low-commitment) approach.

She started one space with a stunning rug in shades of blues and greens, then built the color story up from there. Painted cabinetry and chairs complemented the rug by picking up the accent colors, creating a cohesive and visually interesting look. And if something doesn’t quite work? It’s easy to swap out a pillow or vase to tweak the palette.

Overcoming the Fear of Commitment

I know the idea of going bold can be daunting, especially if you’re the type who prefers to play it safe. But as Beth so eloquently put it, “Color speaks to each of us in different ways, and what it says to you may be a world away from what it says to someone else.”

The key is finding the shades that truly resonate with you and your style. Because when you do, the results can be nothing short of show-stopping. And with these tips from Beth, I hope you’ll feel empowered to step outside your comfort zone and make a real statement in your home.

Choosing the Perfect Sofa for Small Spaces

As a custom sofa company specializing in designing pieces for compact living areas, we at Sofas Spectacular know a thing or two about making a big impact in a small space. And when it comes to making a bold statement, there’s nothing quite like a custom sofa in a rich, vibrant hue.

Sure, neutral sofas have their place – they provide a versatile foundation that allows you to easily switch up your accessories and keep things feeling fresh. But for those who really want to turn heads, a custom sofa in a standout color is the way to go.

As one Houzz user eloquently put it, “There are a lot of orange sofas in the world and they all look yummy!” And you know what? They’re absolutely right. An orange sectional, for example, can instantly infuse a space with energy and personality.

Of course, the key is finding the right balance. As the Houzz discussion points out, you don’t want the sofa to completely overwhelm the room. It should be the star of the show, but still work harmoniously with the other design elements. That’s where custom sizing and tailored upholstery come in handy.

The Importance of Scale

One of the biggest challenges when furnishing a small space is achieving the right scale. You don’t want a sofa that’s so massive it makes the room feel crowded and claustrophobic. But at the same time, you need something substantial enough to anchor the space.

That’s where custom sofas truly shine. At Sofas Spectacular, our design team works closely with each client to ensure the proportions are perfect for their unique room. We’ll measure the space, discuss your needs and preferences, and then craft a sofa that hits that sweet spot – bold and eye-catching, yet perfectly proportioned for a compact living area.

Embracing Color with Confidence

Now, I know what you might be thinking – “But won’t a bold-colored sofa be too much for my small space?” And I totally understand the hesitation. As design expert Maria Killam points out, it’s all too easy to play it safe with neutral furniture and then struggle to inject color elsewhere.

But here’s the thing – when you start with a standout sofa as your anchor piece, the rest of the room practically designs itself. You can keep the walls and flooring neutral to let the sofa shine, then have fun layering in pops of color and pattern through pillows, throws, and accessories.

And let’s be real – neutral spaces can start to feel a bit, well, blah after a while. Whereas a bold, custom sofa instantly brings energy, personality, and that all-important “wow” factor into the room. It’s a surefire way to make a statement, even in the coziest of spaces.

Overcoming Sizing Concerns

Of course, I know some of you might still be worried that a vibrant, custom sofa will overwhelm a small living room. But as one Houzz user pointed out, it’s all about finding the right balance.

Sure, an oversized sectional might feel too heavy and domineering. But a custom sofa with clean lines and tapered legs can actually make a space feel more open and airy. The exposed metal or wood of the legs creates the illusion of more floor space, while the slim profile avoids that bulky, heavy-handed look.

And let’s not forget the power of proportion. Our design team at Sofas Spectacular will work with you to ensure the scale is perfect for your room. We’ll take precise measurements, discuss your needs and preferences, and then craft a custom sofa that fits like a glove – no oversized monstrosities here!

Making the Bold Choice

I know choosing a vibrant, custom sofa for a small space might feel a bit daunting. But I hope I’ve been able to convince you that it’s a risk well worth taking. Whether you go for a rich jewel-toned hue, a punchy citrus shade, or something a little more unexpected, a bold sofa has the power to completely transform a room.

And here’s the best part – you don’t have to do it alone. At Sofas Spectacular, our experienced design team is here to guide you every step of the way. We’ll help you navigate the color options, find the perfect size and configuration, and ensure your new custom sofa is the stunning focal point your small space has been craving.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make a statement! Head over to to start exploring the custom sofa of your dreams. I promise, your space (and your guests!) will thank you.

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