Is The All-White Sofa Over? We’re Seeing This Retro Color *Everywhere*

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Published on May 31, 2023

As interior designers, we consider trend forecasting a part of our day-to-day jobs. From up-and-coming furniture silhouettes to trending textures, colors, and design styles, we see it as our personal and professional duty to scour design pubs, socials, and our own projects in search of the next cutting-edge design moment.

And lately, we’re noticing a very clear color trend emerging, particularly when it comes to  upholstery. While the all-white, Restoration Hardware-inspired sofa used to be the design default, we’re seeing a marked uptick in retro caramel, marigold, and fawn upholstery on sofas, sectionals, and the like.

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“This trend falls in line with the overarching shift towards warm color palettes in the past three years or so,” says Havenly lead designer Heather Goerzen. “Overall, people are looking to create more layered, cozy spaces, and colors like retro brown, ochre, and beige are a natural choice.”

While these warm tones are considerably more saturated than crisp white, we love how they ultimately function as a neutral — even when covering a spacious sofa or corner sectional. Yes, the idea of a caramel sofa sounds decidedly bold, but when paired with other muted earth tones like ivory, tan, olive, sage, and natural wood, the overall effect is surprisingly understated.

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On board with this retro upholstery trend? Keep scrolling for a few of our favorite warm-toned furniture pieces, plus some caramel and marigold accents to test the look sans commitment.

Interior Define Winslow Corner Sectional

home decor color trends 2023

Switch up the standard white sectional with a retro marigold hue. We love this velvet number from Interior Define — pare back the look with crisp white paint and olive accents.

Cortona Hand-Knotted Rug

home decor color trends 2023

Test drive a warmer color palette in your space with this stunning vintage-inspired rug from Four Hands.

Abstract Botanic Line Drawing

home decor color trends 2023

For a subtle pop of gold, consider a piece of art with an ornate frame and an off-white matted print. This floral line drawing is understated and edgy.

The Inside English Roll Arm Sofa

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It doesn’t get any more charming than the new English Roll Arm sofa from The Inside. Give it a trendy touch with the brand’s fawn upholstery.

Reese’s Book Club x Havenly Throw Blanket

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Looking for a soft pop of camel that can easily be swapped out down the line? Look no further than this cozy textured throw blanket from our collaboration with Reese’s Book Club.

Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror

home decor color trends 2023

We’ll never say no to an ornate brass mirror. Hang this beauty above a dresser, console table, or fireplace mantel for a subtle pop of color.

Interior Define Rowan Accent Chair
home decor color trends 2023

For a touch of golden upholstery, consider a colorful accent chair instead of a large sofa or sectional. We love the all-over-fabric look of Interior Define’s Rowan chair.

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Words by The Havenly Team