How to Decorate With a Maroon Sofa

The sofa is the centerpiece of a living room or family room, so choosing a decorative style that complements this large piece of furniture is a must.
Choose accents that complement the maroon in your sofa.Choose accents that complement the maroon in your sofa.
A maroon sofa, in particular, will stand out in a room more than a neutral shade, so choosing pieces that complement it is necessary. Even with a bold sofa color, you can incorporate other colors in the room in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Step 1

Add some dimension to the sofa with throw pillows. Choose solid-colored pillows in complementary shades or in neutrals, including taupe, beige and chocolate brown. Warmer tones, including burnt orange and gold, also pair well with maroon. Or, select pillows with a pattern featuring these shades.

Step 2

Scatter home accents with maroon touches around the room. A maroon pillar candle on a bookshelf, a vase full of rich maroon flowers or a lamp with a maroon lampshade brings out the maroon in the sofa without being too monochromatic and overpowering.

Step 3

Hang window treatments in a rich patterned fabric that features maroon. Alternatively, if your room is dark, choose a light neutral curtain, such as ivory or taupe, with maroon in the pattern. Or, go for a solid neutral curtain, which pairs well with the maroon sofa.

Step 4

Add furniture in accent colors. You don't want all of your furniture to be maroon. Instead, include a chocolate brown or taupe chair and rich wood end tables. This mix-and-match look helps your maroon sofa blend in without overpowering the room.

Step 5

Paint the walls a neutral shade. Avoid too much color by choosing a soft gold, light taupe or ivory for your walls. Keep the focus on your richly hued sofa; a competing shade on the walls will be too distracting.

Step 6

Place a patterned area rug on the floor. Whether you have carpet or hardwood floors, an area rug underneath your maroon sofa can complement it. Look for a rug with touches of maroon, which will stand out as it sits under the sofa of the same shade.

Things You Will Need

  • Throw pillows
  • Maroon pillar candle
  • Vase
  • Maroon flowers
  • Lamp
  • Maroon lampshade
  • Window treatments
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Area rug

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.