Nicole Kidman's simple living room sofa color taps into a quiet luxury trend that's impressing designers in 2024

The hue has cozy and calming effects in the actress's living room – and experts say it's one of the biggest trends of the year

nicole kidman on a neutral background
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From bright and patterned to simple and neutral, a sofa can set the entire tone for a living room. In Nicole Kidman's space, the sofa's impact is decidedly grounding and calm.

The actress's living room uplifts a cozy, beige and white color scheme. Her home has white walls, with large, paneled windows that fill her room with natural light. Behind her, a glossy gold floor lamp with a white matte shade adds a pop of glamour, and a velvet turquoise decorative pillow contributes a dash of sumptuous texture. Kidman's light beige sofa grounds the entire space.

Kidman's beige sofa color is more than just beautiful; it is also one of the biggest interior design trends of 2024. Jennifer Ebert, color expert and digital editor at Homes & Gardens states: 'Over the past few years, we've seen a move away from cool neutrals like gray and light blue towards warmer, brown-undertoned shades like tan and beige. Beige is a crowd favorite because it pairs perfectly with white.' It's also one of the hallmark colors of the quiet luxury trend.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Thus, the effect of Kidman's living room sofa color is particularly stunning. Ebert states: 'A beige sofa has calm, grounding properties. In Nicole's space, it contrasts beautifully with the white walls to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Beige is an excellent sofa choice because it is light and neutral but doesn't show dirt and stains as starkly as a white sofa.'

Beige living room with a sofa in Crosshatch in Brush by Mark Alexander's

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Kidman's scheme is easy to recreate. On decorating with beige, Brooke Spreckman, principal designer at Design Hutch states: 'My number one tip is to use a lot of different shades and textures of beige! If you’re going for a monochromatic and neutral look, use different beige textures, and layer in various beige tones to make your space feel more curated and unique. I find it important, no matter what color you are using, to always have a contrast between different materials when they are layered on top of each other.

 Brooke Spreckman
Brooke Spreckman

Principal and Owner of Design Hutch Interior Design, Brooke Spreckman has been practicing Interior Design since 2013 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and beyond; and has a diverse background in residential and commercial design.

Spreckman continues, 'It's best to use a variation of tones and go up and down the scale of tones if you plan on using a lot of neutrals. The texture is important too - it will keep a solid neutral color, like beige, from falling flat. Texture can be key to keeping things interesting.'

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A beige sofa is always an excellent choice for a living room that feels polished and warm, but neutral. Nicole Kidman's space is the perfect example.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus 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 based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.