Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don’t relate to the upholstery in the room.
You don’t want a look in your living room that screams “Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!”.
One of my readers was looking for an area rug to go with her green/brown, earthy furniture.
So I found her one.
And then I came across this question with a sofa that was very similar except more gold-beige this time.
And here is my readers dilemma:
“. . I am mostly stuck in having to incorporate my old sofa and chaise for now but with the ability to change them out without having to redo everything. The sofa has a golden undertone (in spite of it looking kinda pink in some of these pics, I swear) and the walls behind it are painted a soft gray green, but everything else, including ceilings are the standard pink beige.
I am hoping for confirmation or other suggestions for:
1) wall and ceiling color,
2) accent colors that work with my sofa
3) color(s) I should lean toward for a rug. I am driving everyone crazy with how many pillows and rugs I have been bringing in and out of our home!”
So here’s why this area rug still doesn’t work.
It looks like “New area rug–old furniture”. Like you’re working too hard to make sure the new rug will work when you buy new furniture.
First of all, in order to pull this area rug into the room, your throw pillows need more purple in them. Something like this one:
But the same problem would still exist. Yesterday and today, all in one space.
One more thing. To make your space sing, even if you’re going for a monochromatic scheme, you need CONTRAST.
Don’t introduce pillows that blend in with your existing sofa. And if they arrived with your sofa, ditch them immediately!
If you’re doing an all green and cream palette for example, your pillows should have way more cream in them than the colour of your sofa. In the cream and green pillow above, there is still more green in this fabric than cream.
The best way to make your old furniture work with newer, brighter colours is to repeat the colour in the area rug. Especially if you want a more updated area rug:
Something like this one:
And here’s some coordinating throw pillows. You can see that there’s just enough of the sofa colour in the first pattern to tie the colours together and then the second pillow is mostly blue, the accent colour of the space. It could also be a solid, I just liked this overall off-white and turquoise pillow.
If we needed more pillows, we could introduce some plain off-white ones too.
Now we have contrast. Your existing wall colour works but because you have so much brown in the room a turquoise to coordinate with your area rug and cushions could also work.
It’s much easier to simply buy all new furniture than to makeover old furniture and make it look fresh again, but if you keep this one simple rule in mind, you’ll get much further to creating a look and feel you love:
Repeat the colour in the room.
You cannot ignore four pieces of upholstery all done in the same solid, earthy fabric and expect to love your living room. Either start again NOW or buy a relatively inexpensive area rug and pillows and give your furniture some extra life.
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