How to Decorate a Navy Blue Sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

A navy blue sofa will add a crisp, sophisticated look to your living room. Navy blue, much like black, complements a variety of neutral hues, such as white, taupe and cream. You can also mix navy with brighter colours, such as yellow, red and coral, depending on the look you are going for and the living room decor theme. A navy blue couch is also versatile in that it mixes well with both dark and light wood furniture.

Consider the overall theme of the living room when decorating a navy blue sofa. Enhance a casual nautical-inspired space with crisp, red and white touches. Decorate a sophisticated room with neutral hues and classy fabrics and textures.

Decorate the couch with throw pillows. Place one large pillow in each corner to anchor the sofa, or line several small or medium pillows up along the back of it. Choose all-white or navy- and white-striped pillows for a classic look. Pick red pillows featuring lobster or crab patterns and rope details around the edges to create a nautical style.

Place a throw blanket over the back of the sofa to add warmth and visual interest. Choose a white, cream or taupe-coloured cashmere blanket to continue an elegant, refined look. Pick an all-red or maritime-inspired woven cotton blanket as a casual, themed touch.

Accent the sofa with furniture and wall decor. Place a handy side table in either dark or light wood at one end of the sofa. Decorate the table with a navy blue vase filled with fresh white and red roses or other types of blooms. Hang a piece of artwork featuring a nautical ship scene in a rough-hewn wood frame above the sofa as a room focal point.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative throw pillows and blanket
  • Side table
  • Vase with fresh flowers
  • Nautical-inspired artwork in a rough-hewn wood frame
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.