It’s nice to try something new every now and then. Like buying a new item of clothing to update your wardrobe, making a few key changes in your decorating scheme can revitalise your existing pieces and give them a whole new lease of life.

Take, for example, your sofa. A good quality sofa will last you 10-15 years, but that needn’t mean you have to wait that long to decorate your space again – imagine how boring that would be! The solution? Build your space’s new look around the investment pieces you already own. In fact, it’s even easier than starting from a totally blank canvas, as you already have something to build your palette around.

With this in mind, we’ve picked some of the most popular sofa colours and have suggested paint shades to complement them using our visualizer app. What’s so great about the free app is that it finds colours to match the things you love – or even the things you don’t love so much but can’t change.

So the next time you feel like a new look, you’ll know exactly where to go…

Best for brown sofas

Toasted Terracotta


Halo Groucho Sofa, John Lewis

Best for beige sofas

Jurassic Stone

Moss Blanket

The Basics Jackson Medium Sofa, John Lewis

Best for blue sofas

Urban Obsession

Smokey Slate

G Plan Vintage The Sixty Seven Large Sofa, John Lewis

Best for grey sofas

Jade Cluster 6

Jade Cluster 1

Louis Medium Sofa, John Lewis

Download the Visualizer app for free and kickstart your space’s new look.

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