How to Style a Black Sofa

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A lot of color is coming in the Spring. A LOT. So, this post has to be rushed out, before we can no longer talk about classic, black and white rooms with a straight face. A well-executed black and white room, is like a gentleman in the perfect tuxedo. Everything looks sharper and crisper when it is framed in black and white. Designer Lynda Reeves once said, “A room with no black in it, is like a face without eyebrows.” Now, who wants an unframed face? Not me.

A Black Sofa Grounds a White Space

I love clean lines, and airy, white spaces. But too many white/beige/neutral items in a room, can actually look TOO airy – so that, everything in the room looks as if it’s floating. It’s good to know how to style a black sofa, since black furniture grounds a space. A black sofa grounds a large, white room, making it look less cold and less abandoned. If your apartment is small, don’t let that discourage you from embracing the depth and sumptuousness of a black sofa. It can be done right, even in small spaces.

A Black Sofa in Your Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

Maybe you want a black sofa in your apartment because you have children or pets, and you think a black sofa will hide spills and markings. Guess what? You’re right! A black sofa is much more forgiving than lighter colored sofas. A black sofa offers a sharp contrast to white walls, making them look cleaner, and even whiter. But how to style a black sofa in a small apartment without sucking all light out of the room? The key is to keep everything else white and chic. Against your very white walls, place a black sofa with elements of your Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe. Elements like:

  1. Black framed wall art to contrast your very white walls,
  2. A bordered rug preferably in black white (to look chic and hide the aforementioned spills and markings),
  3. Black lampshades or black floor lamps. (Every other piece, not mentioned in this list, can be white or beige, as long as your lamps are black). Black lighting is like stylish punctuation, and the same thing can be achieved with a black pendant light hanging above.

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Winter Cool Items:

  1. Throw Pillow: Daffodil Yellow x Stripes Throw Pillow by Leah Flores
  2. Vase: Celia White Base at CB2
  3. Art: Plant Cell 1 by Mary Gaspar, at Minted
  4. Sofa: Alfred Black Leather Sofa at CB2
  5. Framed Print: Lunar Black and White at West Elm
  6. Coffee Table: Streamline Coffee Table, Marble, West Elm or this one from Amazon
  7. Lamp: Curvilinear Mid Century Table Lamp, black now $90

Summer Vibes Items:

  1. Throw Pillow: Kuba cloth pillow with down-alternative at CB2
  2. Vase: Orange Short Glass Bud Vase, 7.75″ tall at Amazon
  3. Art: Plant Cell 1 by Mary Gaspar, at Minted
  4. Sofa: Alfred Black Leather Sofa at CB2
  5. Framed Print: Lunar Black and White at West Elm
  6. Coffee Table: Streamline Coffee Table, Marble, West Elm or this one from Amazon
  7. Lamp: Curvilinear Mid Century Table Lamp, black now $90