Now that the black trend is here, we will be seeing a lot more black sofas! Here’s an Ask Maria post about decorating around one. What colours work best with black furniture?
Really the question should be, “What colours DON’T go with black leather furniture?” If you have black furniture, you have decorating and style options.
However, if your entire room is already shades of black and grey, you’re probably wondering what colour curtains will work or what colour cushions will make the room happier? Well, it’s kinda too late. This post explains WHY.
I thought this post would be helpful to so many who have a living room that looks like this.
A real living room
The one with the comfy leather furniture that the husband probably picked out. No offense to husbands in general but while we all love to sit on recliners (myself included) it doesn’t end up with a look that would make it into a design magazine right?
But we can certainly make it much better.
What colours do not work best with black furniture?
First, the colours that don’t look amazing with black are earth (muddy, muted) tones or really dark colours. If this is the look of your existing furniture, and you install a sage green rug and drapes, or gold beige rug and drapes, dark burgundy, navy blue, or eggplant rugs and drapery, well that’s going to be really hard to pull off.
Not that it cannot be done, but in general, if you are not an experienced decorator, stick to brighter, lighter colours.
A well decorated neutral room needs CONTRAST and perhaps warmth introduced by wood stained furniture to create a warm and inviting room.
Add more black decor.
Start with a rug that also has a little black in it. That also helps to make it look more coordinated.
And, here’s a question from my reader with existing black furniture:
“I am wondering what design of curtains would look best in our living room. I’m wondering if grey would work?
We were also wondering what we should do with the fireplace. It’s just an electric one. But it doesn’t seem to fit with the room.
We just have a small mobile home that we live in right now. But I would like to make it look as nice as possible.”
A corner fireplaces should NEVER and I mean NEVER be installed in the first place. Builders love to install them because it makes it easiest to vent the fireplace but they are really hard to decorate and arrange furniture around.
It’s even extremely difficult to find a pretty decorated corner mantel anywhere online. This was the best one that I could find.
To my reader: Mostly, the reason why your fireplace bothers you is because of the overpowering black television.
Since you don’t have any other oak furniture in this room, I would consider painting it your trim colour. However, since your TV has to go somewhere, it doesn’t look like you have any other options.
The first guidelines to getting colour right is to identify the existing colours in the room. If you need to decide what should stay and what should go.
She sent me several photos of her room. This is what makes it easier to choose colours online, once you’ve seen the same room from many angles you can get a good sense of what the undertones are.
In this case, the walls appear to be a green beige and the paint colour doesn’t work with the rug which is more pink/violet in general (above).
To be clear, it’s not like green clashes with pink. However, your paint colour should pull your space together, not be chosen because it’s happens to be the complement to pink (for example).
If you keep the existing rug, I would suggest the buffalo check drapes (above left). Then the palest pink beige in my system would be perfect with this combination. Find the list of all my curated colours here.
What colours work best with black furniture?
However, if you want to introduce any colour into this room, you’ll need to buy a new area rug, here are two from IKEA along with curtains and pillows.
Keep in mind, two panels on each side of such a large window will look better than one. The minute you close one panel on a window this big to cover the curtain, it looks like a sheet blowing in the wind. Even if you will NEVER close your curtains you want them to LOOK like they could close.
And make sure you install rods that go at least 10″ past each side of the window so that they can stack against the wall and don’t cover up the windows. Here’s a post I wrote about measuring for curtain rods.
And here’s a third option in ‘neutrals’ but as you can see this room doesn’t have a bleak ‘all grey’ look even though this rug is cream and grey. The cream in the pillow creates contrast and interest and lightens up the black sofa.
My new eDesign decorating add on includes 2 combinations of: 2 Decorative Pillows, Coordinating Area Rug, and 3 Colour Accent Palette (designed to be used to shop with so you can buy lamps, accessories, etc). It needs to be purchased with one of these paint colour packages (below).
When you purchase one of these packages, you can select this add on under ‘Customize Your Package’ at checkout.