Material matters

Selecting the best colours and fabrics for furniture

If you’re considering incorporating a new piece of furniture into your home, you may have a lot on your mind. After all, you want something that blends in with your current home decor, but you also don’t want it to be outdated in a few years. Plus, there are a lot of colours and fabrics to choose from.

Luckily, if you need a bit of guidance , you’re in the right place. Here are answers to 5 common questions to help you with some of your shopping woes—and give you confidence in your final selection.

What are safe colours?

There are a few colours that are considered “safe colours” when it comes to furniture. These colours mesh well with the vast majority of decor styles, are unaffected by trends, and can make furniture feel timeless.


Dark, dramatic, fits in with most colour palettes.


Light, airy, matches with anything.


Crisp, fresh, has a very contemporary feel.


Rich, earthy, a classic that has proven it is timeless.

Can I go with a bold colour?

Absolutely! Nothing says you have to go with a safe colour. Furniture draped in a bold hue may just be the statement piece your home needs. Plus, if you love bold tones, that piece will always feel timeless—while trends come and go, your personality never goes out of style.

Modern living room featuring the Osaka sofa and the Calgary storage unit.

Should I avoid "trendy" colours?

While we don’t advise that you pick a colour just because it is the latest craze, if you genuinely love it and it speaks to you, then go for it! Did you know colour preference is highly subjective? Everyone views colour differently. For example, while some people may love a soft blue for its calming aesthetic, others may associate it with a hospital gown and detest it. How we view colour is not just rooted in our design preferences, but it’s shaped by our experiences.

A close-up view of the armrest of the Salamanca sofa in a sunlit living room.

Should I look for a specific style?

Not necessarily. While simpler furniture like Mid-Century Modern and Danish can help you cultivate a timeless aesthetic, this one is purely a personal preference. However, what you should always look for in a piece is craftsmanship. Quality craftsmanship and materials will assure you that your furniture is built to last

Scandinavian-style living room featuring the Nawabari sofa and matching pouffes.

The material for your needs

Leather or fabric?

The best fabric for your home depends on what kind of lifestyle you live.

Where can I get more furniture advice?

In-store sales associates are always happy to help, but if you need help matching furniture to your design vision, book a free chat with one of our interior designer. They can help you sort out everything from proper sizing to fabric selection—and everything in between.