The idea of a white sofa may fill your heart with fear. “What about the red wine stains?” you ask. “My kids love raspberry jam,” you say. “The grandkids love to play with markers!” you exclaim. It’s time to release your anxiety about white sofas. Not only are they always a classic look, they’re right on trend with a wide variety of styles to suit any taste or decor. The best part is, there are more kid, pet, and clumsy adult friendly options than ever before. You can find white sofas in leathers, synthetics, and slip-cover options. You’ll also learn that stain resisting technology makes a whole host of upholstery choices more accessible than ever before.
So if you’ve always dreamed of the fresh, clean look of a white sofa but have been afraid to take the plunge, we’ve got a list of sofa options that are beautiful, on-trend, and even in budget!
1 – Low-rise modern
One of the impressive things about white sofas is how versatile they can be style-wise. Take this very modern low modern looking sofa which is paired beautifully with tone-on-tone textiles for an eclectic contemporary or transitional look. Upholstery in a light tone like white can make the specific genre of a piece of furniture almost chameleon-like. Going with white is a great way to blend pieces from different decor styles or periods to create an overall cohesive design.
2 – Wooden arms
Bringing in another material or texture is a great way to add interest to a white couch. Here, with white painted carved arms, the sofa becomes a part of the rich textured backdrop for the beautiful scenery outside the windows and the lush, green plants that make this room their home. The white sofa works wonderfully here to serve its function as seating while also fading a bit into the background and allowing the greenery to take center stage.
3 – Low-profile platform
Here we see white sofas used to highlight the view outside the windows. With sleek, low-profile platform sofas upholstered in white, the eye is drawn past the floor level and out the windows to the spectacular view on offer. Styled with a white rug and just a few pops of color, this room is a real stunner.
4 – Room unifier
Open plan living is a fabulous development in home architecture that allows us to live our family lives without being segmented into separate rooms. With open plan living, kitchens open onto living rooms, dining rooms open onto family rooms, and so on. While this offers great advantages for day-to-day family life, it can create headaches when it comes to decorating. No longer is each room an easily defined space, but rather room decor blends together. White upholstered sofas can help tie together several rooms.
5 -Loose throw-pillow back
This beautiful room is an excellent example of white sofas used with finesse. White sofas and upholstery can sometimes give a living space an overly formal look. Here, by using white throw pillows as the back pillows for the sofa rather than stiffer, more rigid upholstered pillows the seating area takes on a welcoming air. This is an excellent choice for a space that may feel too antiseptic or formal.
6 – Nailhead trim
Decor isn’t just about creating a pleasing, flat scene for a photograph. Good home decor creates a mood and a story. This room uses white sofas to do all of that. As with so many aspects of home decor, the true beauty of a sofa is often in the details. These white sofas are fitted with impeccably detailed nailhead trim to give the room a very polished, finished look. Just look at this warm and welcoming, but well pulled-together room to see how to show nailhead trim on white sofas to its very best advantage. This detail is also cleverly picked up on other upholstered pieces in the room.
7 – Contrasting back pillows
One advantage to choosing white sofas is that they can work as a canvas for dramatic and strong color choices in your room. Here, the back pillows of the sofa are a mix of textures and prints in bold blues and whites in an homage to delft blue pottery designs. This playful, but sophisticated, look enables the room’s color story to really shine by providing the perfect functional seating backdrop for the colors to pop. The white sofas also offer versatility should tastes or decor change, so that a few new pillows can completely makeover your seating area.
8 – Scroll arm
The elegant look of a scroll arm sofa is shown here upholstered in natural white to create a sumptuous, restful seating area. White sofas paired with soft earth tones and other tones of white creates a calm oasis in any room, and an incredibly inviting space for guests and family members alike. Linen makes a perfect fabric choice for a white seating area as it adds a rich, understated texture that can complement or contrast other textures in the room to build warm story for any room.
9 – Contemporary
The clean tailored lines of a contemporary sofa pair well with white upholstery for a crisp, but homey, look. This is a sofa style that can be dressed up or down for more formal or informal seating styles or rooms as needed. And despite what many may think, when upholstered in bright white, a contemporary sofa can work even in a traditional, rustic, or even farmhouse style home. Playing with color is an excellent way to dip into styles that may differ somewhat from your usual decor choices.
10 – Mid-century modern
There’s something about mid-century modern pieces that says they know themselves. That inner design resolution makes them the perfect choice in rooms where a decorator feels particularly brave or bold. No room design is too grand for a mid-century modern sofa, particularly one upholstered in white. Mid-century modern pieces can be used in contemporary, modern, transitional, and industrial decor, and when styled eclectically can also work in traditional and farmhouse homes.
11 – Slipcover
Thanks to slipcovers, you don’t need to buy a white sofa. You can take the sofa you currently have and change it to white. Many slipcovers are machine washable, so you also have the option to wash your white sofa as needed, thus alleviating any fears you may have about stains, dirt, or rough wear making your new white sofa look old before its time. Slipcovers have come a long way in recent years, and can be so perfectly tailored you hardly notice they’re slipcovers at all.
12 – Metal legs
Some interesting sofa details may be lost with complicated prints or patterns, but white sofas allow intriguing details to shine. That’s certainly the case with these white sofas and their dark metal legs. The contrast of textures and tones makes for a dynamic looking seating area. This is a great choice in this particular room because the beautiful persian rug is allowed to be the true star of the show.
13 – Traditional
At the risk of sounding trite, a white sofa is a logical traditional decor choice, so a white traditional sofa is bound to be a spectacular look. This room showcases exactly why the classics are classic. Paired with cool white and gray tones, this traditional white sofa shows exactly what the white sofa trend is all about.
14 – Sectional
Sectional sofas are most often associated with family spaces, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good spaces for white sofas.