While shoppers have traditionally opted for greys, blues, blacks and other muted shades when choosing a sofa, there's been a significant increase in demand for options in alternative shades, yellow being among the most popular. So, whether your taste is for mustard or saffron shades, burnt ambers or subtle apricots, find a standout piece in our pick of the best yellow sofas.
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1. Combine the mustard yellow and velvet trends
When it comes to sofa trends, there are two design features proving particularly popular at the moment: velvet and warm-toned, mustard yellows. So, why not combine the two? Perfect when paired with an otherwise neutral scheme, yellow velvet makes a stylish and standout addition to a contemporary living room.
Love the idea of velvet, but not sure if yellow is for you? Browse more of our statement velvet sofas.
2. Make a yellow sofa the focal point of Mid-century inspired living room
If you're designing a Mid-century inspired living room, consider opting for a statement sofa that combines unique design and softer shades of yellow.
This Polder Sofa (opens in new tab) from Nest is an excellent gateway piece if you're looking to incorporate yellow into a scheme, as its muted tones ensure it doesn't overwhelm an otherwise neutral scheme. It also effectively bridges the gap between different interiors styles at play: contemporary and period. Browse more
Find more Mid-century modern decorating ideas in our stylish design guide.
3. Work a muted yellow sofa into a stylish boho scheme
Similarly, muted or more green-toned yellows can make the perfect addition to a living room with neutral, boho vibes. Pair with plenty of texture, tassels and natural materials to ensure the distinct boho style isn't sacrificed altogether.
4. Style a subtle yellow sofa in a classic grey scheme
If you're a fan of grey living rooms, consider opting for a yellow sofa with a similar tone in order to add a brightening to your scheme without creating a stark contrast. A neutral scheme provides the perfect base for experimenting with on-trend colours and textures.
Find this Pavilion Sofa Bed (opens in new tab) at Loaf, along with more yellow sofas (opens in new tab), and check out our guide to the best contemporary sofa beds if you've suddenly remembered all the guests you'd love to host.
5. Opt for a vintage-inspired yellow love seat
Perfect for a small living room or to occupy a cosy corner, a love seat in a more adventurous shade – such as yellow – is a great option if you're not quite ready to commit to a yellow sofa.
The Chesterfield-inspired style of this Haresfield Love Seat (opens in new tab) from Sofas & Stuff makes it ideal for an interior scheme in which contemporary and traditional styles are combined. You'll find lots more stylish yellow sofas (opens in new tab) on Sofas & Stuff, too.
Browse more of the best sofas for small living rooms if this little one has caught your eye.
6. Brighten up dark and atmospheric interiors with deep saffron shades
If, like us, you're a big fab of the dark and atmospheric interiors trend, you may be on the look-out for a sofa that matches your inky scheme. Enter (you guessed it) yellow sofas!
An easy means of brightening up a moody scheme, the deep saffron shade of The Wishford Sofa (opens in new tab) from Willow & Hall adds some much needed warmth and depth to the space. This sofa not the style for you? Remember that all sofas from Willow & Hall (opens in new tab) are available in various shades of yellow.
7. Go for a button back sofa for a period-style room
This smart Bask Sofa (opens in new tab) from DFS lifts the mood of a blue, panelled living room. The scheme is tied together effectively with the use of a complementary blue cushion. Like the idea of yellow? Check out more yellow sofas (opens in new tab) on DFS.
Find more traditional style living room design ideas in our guide.
8. Enhance a natural scheme with gorgeous golds
If you don't like the idea of mustard, you might prefer a slightly more muted, golden shade which is more likely to stand the test of time. Paired with a pared back scheme that makes use of simple silhouettes, a squishy sofa in a standout shade is in no danger of overwhelming a space.
We love The Buttoned Loveseat (opens in new tab) from Cox & Cox.
9. Opt for muted shades in rooms with deep, dark interiors
Slightly more sophisticated yellow shades – we're thinking ochre – pair well with deep, dark interiors and make for a scheme that's both masculine and feminine.
Despite drawing some warmth into an otherwise black scheme, this Ochre Gold Velvet Chesterfield Sofa (opens in new tab) from Rockett St George doesn't detract from the moodiness of this scheme.
10. On a budget? Check out this bargain yellow sofa
If you are doing up a living room on a budget then there are still plenty of yellow sofas out there that come in at under £500. One of our faves is the Richie sofa (opens in new tab) from Made.com. It comes in three sizes – two seater, three seater and a corner sofa – so you can find one to fit your space.
Check out more of Made.com's yellow sofa offerings (opens in new tab) (we love them all).