There are sofas and then there are sofas. In this selection, we care only about the latter – the brighter, the better. These scene-stealers refuse to take a back seat to the rest of the furniture in the living room, and they’re such fun elements in a space. Notice that most of these sofas are velvet, a fabric that’s trending robustly as we head into fall. Happy lounging!
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Sidle up with your bestie, Rover, on this sassy loveseat. The bright green colour is a smokeshow, and so are the sofa’s finer details, from the button-tufted seat to the bolster pillows and peg legs. Clovis Loveseat, Wayfair, $580.
A vivid chesterfield will never go unnoticed in your living room. This glamour gal is made for entertaining – go ahead and rest a cocktail on the puffy, yet flat, armrests. The maple legs are also removable. Kettleby Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,598.
for a reason: it’s fresh, cheerful and optimistic. Embrace a bright blue hue with this statement-making sectional sofa finished with button-tufted and nail-head details. The comfy bonus? An adjustable backrest for extra rest and relaxation. HOMCOM Modern Fabric Sectional Sofa, Amazon, $550.
Tufted fabric, jaunty bolster pillows and a luxurious ochre velvet make this sofa a snappy contender on the list. Meanwhile, the mid-century modern lines keep it from looking too old-fashioned. Sven Yarrow Gold Sofa, Article, $1,699.
Pink is not as risqué as you think. Consider it a blush neutral. When paired with brass accessories or a bold brown wall, the hue looks out of this world. This luxurious velvet sectional sofa also has generous padding, which is practical for lounging. Varick Four-Piece Sectional in Blush Pink, Bed Bath & Beyond, $4,400.
File this stunning cayenne-coloured leather sofa under the bold category. Its sheen has a crisp, look-at-me patina that will make the other pieces in your room jealous. The rustic-modern sofa comes both apartment-sized (shown) and full size. Wells Leather Apartment Sofa, Crate & Barrel, $4,299.
Bold and playful, this buttery yellow sofa has a super-deep seat and modern-minimalistic lines. Recessed plastic legs keep the sofa flush to the floor. Kirby Deep Cushion Sofa, Crate & Barrel, $1,954.
This jewel-toned velvet sofa is ready for fall. The purple dazzles against the deep-green artwork and glam brass – accessories pull a living room together. Now that your hard work is done, who’s makin’ hot toddys? Martello 101″ Velvet Left-Hand Facing Sofa & Chaise, Wayfair, $1,190.
You’ve got a purple sofa bed? Yes, and it’s fabulous. Also: the cushions move around, but stay put when you lean on them – so you’re not tied to any configuration. FLOTTEBO Sleeper Sofa, IKEA, $699.
Modern and mid-century inspired, a tufted sofa is always a chic choice – especially in a vibrant shade of blue. We love the look of the tufted backrest and cushy seat perched upon tapered wooden front legs. ViscoLogic MOCA Tufted Style Sofa, Amazon, $289.
Make friends green with envy with this majestic sofa that turns into a bed. Plump cushions make the sofa extra comfy, while brass legs give it a glamorous feel. Safavieh Tribeca Foldable Sofa Bed in Emerald/Brass, Bed Bath & Beyond, $1,650.
Gentle swooped arms and sumptuous velvet make this sofa a total knock-out. Its rust tones are so very fall, or choose from a range of hues including avocado, teal and gold. It’s also made in Canada. Arcade Vera Velvet Sofa, Hudson’s Bay, $1,899.
Designers are forever championing textural elements, because they add a dynamic quality to a room. That’s why we’re crushing on this adorable faux-shearling pastel sofa that’s waiting to come home with you. Sven, Structube, $699.
Love the look of soft neutrals, but want a little more personality for your space? Try a pastel-inspired spin on a blue hue. This two-seat sofa features gold-finish legs and clean lines for a clean, contemporary – but not at all boring – look. Sofa-in-A-Box Real Velvet Sofa, Amazon, $600.
Pop-art fans might recognize this playful pout. It’s the Heller Bocca Sofa, first designed in 1971 by Studio 65. This reissue is made out of resin with a pouty lower lip for comfy lounging indoors and out. At nearly seven feet long – and in the signature lipstick red colour – it’s sure to have lips wagging. Bocca Sofa, Lumens, $1,100.
A serpentine sofa in a very liveable minty hue brings a touch of sophistication to a living room. Keep the genteel vibe going by pairing it with an airy coffee table and other delicate furnishings. Eloise, Structube, $999.
Keep the rest of the room mellow and inject major drama with an orange couch. This deep, low-slung sofa has loose back cushions for extra support. We love it against the grey and white. SÖDERHAMN Sofa in Samsta Orange, IKEA, $600.
Style Plus Storage
Perfect for small-space living, a home office or even a well-appointed dorm room, this small sofa packs a lot of function into a petite size. The bright, berry-hued futon sofa converts into a bed for guests when needed, and sneaky storage pockets on the outside of the arm keep reading materials on hand – but still out of sight. DHP 2042959 Euro Futon with Magazine Storage, Amazon, $640.
Calling all small-space dwellers: this petite loveseat in striking blue velvet can turn your pad into a little palace. Copy the look by adorning the rest of the room in boho pieces, including a cactus print, an actual cactus, potted succulents and a beaded light fixture. South Shore Live-it Cozy Two-Seat Sofa, The Home Depot, $699.
Suited for large, luxury spaces, this grand dame has an intensely deep hue and beautiful lines. The custom piece comes in an array of colours, from blush to moss. Milo Sofa, Rove Concepts, $2,724.