Trend Tracker: The Purple Statement Sofa

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Image: Architectural Digest

It’s been several years since anything resembling purple (Blue Iris in 2008) has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year. However, designers are turning to the color more and more as a key element in contemporary spaces. Whether used as a neutral or the lone color in an otherwise neutral palette, deeply-hued purples are finding their stride in design. Perhaps the most interesting application is the statement sofa—a jewel-tone purple piece that adds instant drama and sophistication. But don’t take my word for it. Consider these four inspiring examples.

1. New York Residence by Michael Adams

Purple Sofa in the Living Room on the Interior CollectiveImage: Vogue via Sukio

Designer Michael Adams adds impact with purple in the family room of this Manhattan apartment. The Minotti sofa, and matching ottomans, provide a punch of color in an otherwise neutral space.

2. Connecticut Residence by Joe Nahem

Purple Chairs in Nook on the Interior CollectiveImage: Architectural Digest

Not quite a sofa, the custom window seat of this Connecticut home is covered in a beautiful Sahco velvet. Designer Joe Nahem used the same fabric to upholster flanking armchairs, which offer a striking counterpoint to white walls and lightly colored carpet. The result is a sumptuous spot to relax and unwind.

3. London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

Purple Sofa in the Drawing Room on the Interior CollectiveImage: Architectural Digest

A purple Jean Royère sofa anchors this art-filled drawing room by Francis Sultana. The sinuous seating complements contemporary pieces like the polished-steel side tables and large-scale artwork.

4. Adam Levine’s L.A. Home

Purple Sofa in Adam Levine Living Room on the Interior CollectiveImage: Architectural Digest

Although color is introduced via a Persian rug and antique textiles, Adam Levine’s living room gets a strong boost from a purple Dunbar sofa. Perhaps one of my favorite styles, the piece is upholstered in Maharam mohair velvet, and when set against a rosewood-paneled wall, it’s an undeniably gorgeous addition.

So instead of gray, brown, or navy, consider purple for your next upholstered piece. It’s a great way to introduce color while adding interest and drama.

Are you ready to make a statement of your own? What do you think of this new trend?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.