By Michelle Gage

Published on February 3, 2016

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Photography by DECOIST

by Michelle Gage

Looking to update that boring beige sofa? Surely you’ve considered the alternatives. Perhaps you’ve toyed with the idea with going grey or bravely embracing white. One color you may not have thought of is navy. Too bold? Fear not, for this tale will tell you how to treat the rich jewel tone as a neutral.

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Photography by REFINERY 29

This living room proves that navy and black can live together in perfect harmony. The blank white space helps to break up these darker hues.

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Photography by IN HONOR OF DESIGN

This classic English shape provides a healthy contrast against the Moroccan leather poufs. Tan tones allow for this deep blue and ravishing red to live well together.

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Photography by HAPPY HOME BLOG

To make this royal navy piece stand out, surround it with taupe tones and crisp white. A mix of wood, leather and animal hide help this velvet shine.

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Photography by SONG OF STYLE

The luxuriousness of this velvet sofa is only amplified by the other materials in this space. Brown, black and brass help to make this look complete.

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Photography by ANTHROPOLOGIE

Blooming with bright pillows, this sofa pops against the white walls. Mixing in a loud printed rug and whimsical bird printed chairs helps to further enforce the sofa’s stance as the room’s neutral piece.

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Photography by STYLE BY EMILY HENDERSON

Enter this cheery room, where the sofa’s color is merely a backdrop to the vibrant colors coming out in the decorative accessories. This overall optimistic room captures all colors of the rainbow.

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Simple in its shape, this linen navy sofa rests proudly under the vibrant blue print above. Bringing in softer pearlescent tones acts as a wonderful compliment to the ocean-inspired colors.

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Photography by MY DOMAINE

Fitted with a skirt, this sofa looks as comfortable as it does charming. Being the only bold color in the room, the sofa tempts you to look into its beautiful blues.

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

Tufted and taut, this glorious find fits right in with the surrounding décor. Art of screaming colors bounces off the wall to fall around this nearly neutral sofa.

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Photography by David Duncan Livingston

Two is better than one. Rich in nautical tone, this mismatched collection sits proudly on this larger than life rug.

Interior design by Annie Lowengart

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