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5 of the best red sofas & tips on how to style them

Vibrant, daring and always ready to make a statement, a red sofa adds a bold focal point that demands attention in any living space. In this guide, we discover my pick of red sofas to bring life to your home.

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As a naturally fiery shade, you may be mistakenly thinking that red is a difficult colour to work with.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to style a lively sofa, plus share my top 5 red sofas to bring your living room to life.

When did red sofas become a trend?

Red has always been a popular colour choice for sofas.

Since the heydays of the esteemed Chesterfield sofas, which date back to the 18th century, red sofas have been a furniture staple that have adorned many a country estate and other abodes for many decades.

Traditionally upholstered in shades of deep claret and maroon, Chesterfield sofas set the style for red sofas. 

Remember, red doesn’t have to mean pillar box red.

There are a variety of red shades that span from bright to deep with rich hues to muted options.

What goes well with red couches?

As a red couch is a bold statement in itself, especially if it’s bright red, you’ll need to put a little thought into the rest of your colour scheme to make sure you create a lovely contrast to really show off your sofa.

Fortunately, there are several shades that work well with, all shades of red, namely white, black and grey.

Meanwhile, if it’s a bright red sofa you are after, then neutral colours, e.g. tan, beige, cream and gold, are extremely effective at balancing out the brightness.

When it comes to more vibrant shades of red, steer clear of other bright colours, which will instantly clash.

Plus, you’ll want your bright red sofa to be centre stage, not fighting for attention.

How can I tone down a red sofa?

The best way to tone down a red sofa is to make your living room (or whichever room your sofa may be in) all about your sofa.

That means no other competing colours and subtle injections of other shades, ideally grey, white and black, or wider neutral colours for bright red sofas.

One of the quickest, easiest and most cost effective ways of toning down a red sofa, is to pop some cushions on it.

This will help break up the solidness of the sofa, and soften it in the process.

What colour cushions go with a red sofa?

The key here is to steer clear of cushions that are too busy – just one to two shades and minimal patterns is what you’re aiming for.

Colour-wise, select shades that are on the white, cream, grey and black colour spectrum, and if you go for black, balance it out with a one or two cushions that are light grey or cream or choose smaller-shaped black cushions.

A row of large black cushions will immediately look extremely blocky and stark. 

The same principle also applies to throws.

A cream or white throw will break up some of the red while also adding a classy touch to the overall result.

Depending on the material your throw’s made from, chunky knitted wool or super soft velour, you’ll also be adding an extra layer of textured detailing too. 

What colour curtains go with a red sofa?

White, cream and sheer curtains look wonderful against a red couch, helping to brighten up your room, and making it feel a lot fresher and brighter overall.

Depending on your overall colour scheme, beige, gold, black and certain shades of red curtains can also be successfully paired with a red sofa.

If swatches are available, make sure you order them, so that you’re 100% sure of the curtain colour in reality and how it looks against your sofa. 

Not sure which red sofa to go for?

Take a look at this much-needed sofa inspiration - my top red sofa picks: 

 5 of the best red sofas     

1. Paloma Home Boudoir Fabric 3 seater sofa   

Bringing the drama in elegant style, the Boudoir 3 seater sofa from the Paloma Home range boasts a Chesterfield-esque approach with back button details and small arms.

Available in a brilliantly bold Shiraz shade, the Boudoir is masterfully upholstered in beautiful plush velvet fabric.

Special features:

  • Foam seating as standard
  • Available in 16 shades, including Plush Velvet Shiraz
  • Lifetime frame guarantee
More product colours

Only £ 1,099 .99

£ 30.56 a month for 3 years | 0% APR

Soft & supportive

Soft & supportive

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2. G-Plan Brighton Fabric 3 seater sofa


Offering a vintage charm with a retro-inspired look, the Brighton sofa durability, style and support with soft-touch fabric and foam seat interiors as standard.

Available in a rich burgundy shade, the Brighton sofa is sure to add a cosy touch to any living space.

Special features:

  • Foam seating as standard
  • Available in 14 shades including Manhattan Burgundy
  • Lifetime frame guarantee

Only £ 1,299

£ 36.08 a month for 3 years | 0% APR

Seriously supportive

Seriously supportive

3. La-Z-Boy Boston 3 Seater Power Recliner sofa   

If you’re looking for a red sofa that’s high in the comfort stakes, the La-Z-Boy Boston recliner offers relaxation in abundance and comes in a ravishing red to boot!

Upholstered in cosy fabric and completed with foam-filled seats, the La-Z-Boy Boston offers the ultimate in relaxation.


Special features:

  • Power recliner function
  • Available in 23 shades including 2 shades of red; Altara Red and Calda Cranberry
  • Lifetime frame guarantee



5% bundle discount available

Only £ 2,399 .99

£ 66.67 a month for 3 years | 0% APR

Seriously supportive

Seriously supportive

4. La-Z-Boy Madison 3 seater sofa

Upholstered in 100% genuine leather, the La-Z-Boy Madison sofa offers supreme comfort and support with a high backed design, deep, foam filled seats and unbeatable quality. 

Available in a beautifully rich shade of claret, the Madison sofa oozes sophistication and will sit proudly in any living space.

Special features:

  • 100% genuine leather upholstery
  • Available in 12 shades, including Grade A Claret
  • Lifetime frame guarantee
More product colours

Only £ 2,499

£ 69.42 a month for 3 years | 0% APR

Soft & supportive

Soft & supportive

5. Cloud Fabric 3 Seater Static Sofa

Soft to the touch, the Cloud Static Sofa is almost cloud-like in its design, thanks to luxury chenille fabric.

Choose between a range of colour options, including Connoisseur Plain Wine.

Meanwhile, the foam-filled seats, which are provided as standard, provide maximum comfort and durability. 

Special features:

  • Luxury chenille fabric
  • Foam seat interiors, as standard
  • 20-year frame guarantee
More product colours

Only £ 949

£ 26.36 a month for 3 years | 0% APR

Soft & supportive

Soft & supportive

For more advice on the latest in sofa designs, read my article, 9 Sofa trends for 2023.

Victoria Foster

Written by:

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

at ScS

19th January 2024

Victoria is a stylist and merchandiser based at our in-house photo studio. Having been part of the ScS family since 2012, Victoria styles stunning home sets with the latest trends to showcase newly launched ScS products. With over 25 years of experience in styling and merchandising, she loves to keep an eye on the latest trends in the interior landscape. Victoria's favourite interior scheme is the Boho trend and loves to layer a mixture of different textures in her home. Her styling top tip is to always create a focal point in a room. Whether it’s a feature wall, a piece of artwork, or a bright patterned rug, having a focal point can help to drive the decisions on the rest of the rooms layout.