Goldie Hawn's calming living room sofa shade masters one of 2024's most unexpected color trends

Sofas are getting more colorful, and the actress's living room is trailblazing this vibrant movement

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A sofa is more than just a place to sit; it is the anchor that grounds a living room. For some, that might mean it should be a neutral, tranquil color, but others prefer something bolder. Goldie Hawn strikes the perfect balance in her home.

The actress's living room sofa is equal parts calming and colorful. Her all white space is grounded by the powder blue velvet sofa. This brightening look is a huge interior design trend for 2024. Bright sofa colors can add visual interest to any space, and a pastel shade like Hawn's couch has the benefit of looking soft and inviting while bringing color to the living room. 

Westchester-based interior designer Nina Lichtenstein says, 'The strategic use of color can transform a neutral living room from ordinary to extraordinary. If you picture a pristine white living room adorned with a captivating powder blue couch, the impact is nothing short of stunning. When paired, the two colors create an inspired blend of serenity and sophistication.'

Aside from the pastel trend, there are other expert-approved benefits of Hawn's powder blue color scheme. Lichtenstein continues, 'This soft, pastel hue injects tranquility and warmth into the space, adding depth and dimension without overwhelming the overall aesthetic. The contrast between the coolness of the blue living room sofa and the crispness of the white creates a fresh, inviting ambiance that instantly draws the eye and elevates the entire room.'

She says, 'Incorporating a powder blue couch into a white living room is a design choice that promises to make a lasting impact. From the soothing ambiance it creates to its versatile and timeless appeal, this color combination embodies modern elegance. Don't be surprised to see powder blue emerge as a leading interior design trend, adding sophistication, serenity, and natural beauty to homes around the world.'

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces. 

'Powder blue is renowned for its soothing properties, making it an ideal choice for a living room setting,' adds Lichtenstein. She goes on, 'This gentle hue promotes relaxation and calmness, perfect for unwinding after a long day. Additionally, powder blue can brighten up a space without being overly bold or dominant, making it versatile and easy to coordinate with other colors and decor styles. It elegantly imparts a sense of timeless beauty.'

Lichtenstein concludes: 'As sofa trends evolve, subtle and serene nature-inspired color palettes are gaining popularity. With its understated charm and versatility, this powder blue shade will likely become more prominent in interior design. This tone complements a wide range of design aesthetics, from modern and minimalist to classic and vintage. Its ability to create a tranquil atmosphere while adding a pop of color without being overwhelming makes it a favorite among designers and homeowners alike.'

Shop the Colorful Sofa Trend

As sofas get brighter, a pastel blue strikes the perfect middle ground between colorful and grounding. Take it from Goldie Hawn.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.