Creating a verdant haven: tips for choosing a green sofa for your home

From the deep, lush tones of forest green to the subtle elegance of sage, a green sofa brings a touch of tranquillity into your home. Whether it’s a botanical print or historically-inspired pattern from our exclusive collaborations with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) or the V&A, or the richness of a jewel-tone velvet, a green sofa will infuse your living space with a sense of serenity and sophistication.

There’s plenty to consider when choosing a new bespoke sofa or adding additional upholstered furniture, such as an armchair or footstool, to your room, not least of which is the colour that you will feel most at home with. Whether you prefer prints or plains, understated elegance or bold statement pieces, green upholstery offers versatility and style that can truly transform your living spaces.

Green fabrics from Sofas & Stuffs new exclusive RHS Botanicals collection

Fabrics from RHS Botanicals collection.

Why settle upon a green sofa?

The colour of nature and renewal

Green is associated with the natural world, representing growth, vitality, and renewal. It brings the freshness of the outdoors into interior spaces, creating a sense of connection to nature. From serene sage to deep forest the possibilities for a green sofa, or another piece of upholstered furniture, are as vast as they are enchanting, so we’re here to offer guidance on how to choose the best shade for your green sofa to complement your existing decor and personal preferences. For further inspiration, browse our green fabric samples online, or come and explore our unrivalled library fabric books in-store.


Green patterned sofa in exclusive RHS Collection Gertrude Jekyll Trailing Ivy fabric design

St Mawes 3 seater sofa in RHS Gertrude Jekyll Trailing Vine Green with scatters in Clever Tough Eco Velvet Hunter Green

Green is often associated with wellbeing, particularly in its connection to nature, plants and foliage. Fabrics designs that reference gardens, woodland or the forest will connect your interior with the outdoors, and create a sense of reassurance. With its flowing pattern inspired by an original design for wallpaper by the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, Trailing Vine from our RHS collection, has a gentle elegance which translates superbly well to fabric. This is a design that will work well in traditional or more modern settings, where you are looking to create a beautiful focal point thorough your furniture.


Choosing the perfect shade

Setting the mood

When thinking about the best shade of green upholstery for your room, consider the atmosphere you wish to evoke. For a tranquil retreat, consider soft, muted greens like sage or celadon. These gentle hues promote relaxation and pair beautifully with natural materials like wood and rattan. Pale, or muted green tones lend themselves particularly well to a patterned sofa fabric, as shown here with two historic Gertrude Jekyll designs from our collaborative fabric collection with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Haresfield dipped arm snuggler in Mohair Lichen with seat cushion in RHS Gertrude Jekyll Meadow Flower Olive and scatters in RHS Gertrude Jekyll Folklore Olive


If you seek a touch of sophistication, explore deep or jewel-toned greens. These saturated shades infuse your space with depth and drama, creating a sense of opulence that captivates the eye. Darker greens are wonderful for creating an enveloping feel and for this reason they work beautifully in spaces such as a library or a snug. Textural fabrics, such as wool or velvet, are the perfect for a cocooning interior scheme. You may even wish to consider pairing a dark green wall colour with upholstery and curtain fabrics in tonal shades for an immersive, colour-drenched effect.

Olive green velvet sofa in a classic buttoned Chesterfield style

Arncliffe 3 seater sofa in Traditional Vintage Velvet Olive

When selecting the perfect shade for your green sofa, don’t forget to consider the natural light in your space consider how that might affect the mood you wish to convey, be that a fresh airiness, a colour-drenched brightness, or a cocooning feel. You might wish to consider deeper greens for sunny rooms and lighter shades for spaces with less light, or choose a rich tone to add warm and vibrancy to the room on cloudier days.

Harmonising a green sofa with existing decor

Take stock of your existing decor and furnishings. Choose a shade of green for your sofa that complements your current colour palette, whether it’s warm earth tones, cool blues, or crisp neutrals. A harmonious blend ensures a cohesive and inviting living space, such as we’ve created below with our Hampton 3 seater sofa upholstered in Super Soft Velvet in Highland Green, a lush dark green, against a cosseting pink-toned wall and offset with other warm accents, such as the ochre, terracotta and brick red tones in the vase, pictures, lamp and cushion.

Dark green velvet sofa with sprung back

Hampton 3 seater sofa in Super Sofa Velvet Highland Green


Personalising your green sofa and experimenting with pattern

Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to let your personal preferences guide you. Whether you’re drawn to soft pastels or bold statements, there’s a green upholstery fabric that reflects your unique style and personality. Come into your nearest showroom and tap into the vast experience and knowledge of our design consultants who will be able to guide you to the perfect fabric to transform your living room into a verdant haven.

Brunel 3 seater sofa in V&A Threads of India, Mughal Garden Safari, Hunter.

Excited by the prospect of using a patterned fabric on your green sofa? Explore our tips for using print and pattern on your bespoke furniture.


What colours go well with green?

The beauty of green is its versatility, making for many successful colour pairings. Just as in nature, green foliage complements every flower colour, so the possibilities for a green sofa are plentiful. Pink and green is a timeless classic, using shades of red with green will either root or energise a space depending of the brightness of the the colours selected, while a blue/grey paired with a mossy green will feel as natural as a familiar landscape.

Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose a shade of green that speaks to you and complements your personal style. Whether you opt for soft and subtle or bold and dramatic, green has the power to breathe new life into your home, creating a space that feels both timeless and uniquely yours. Why not come into one of our 23 showrooms and explore your ideas further.

V&A Drawn from Nature, Willow

Abby Gadd