If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know there’s nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa.
Or pink beige broadloom.
Or pink beige tile.
Recently, I had a client ask me drop by and choose a new carpet colour for her upstairs bedrooms. She had picked up four huge boards full of small swatches of carpet samples.
Besides the white and cream and a few darker colours, ALL the colours were varying shades of PINK BEIGE and brown???!!!
There was no green beige, green grey, or even a light yellow beige. Most of the samples were PINK BEIGE.
I told her which colour to look for, and she went back to the store to find the right colour.
So, if you’ve ended up with pink beige anything, it’s probably not your fault. There’s just too much of it out there.
Another example: I arrived at my sister Anita’s house for a visit. After she sat on my outdoor sectional last year, she knew she wanted one for her own yard. As soon as the season arrived this year, she came home with a wonderful curvy sectional from a big box store. What was the standard colour of the seat cushions?
Pink beige. Naturally.
My other sister, Elizabeth, and her husband bought an outdoor gazebo for their backyard, and what were all or most of the choices?
So I thought I’d help you all out and give you some tips on how to decorate with this most limiting undertone on the planet.
Blue is the colour that looks best with this shade of beige. Lucky thing, too, since blue is most people’s favourite colour.
Since your living room is the room you suffer over the most, and since this is the room we all want to look nice for guests and family, here’s where you should start.
A lot of people buy a pink beige sofa and treat it like it’s so neutral, the colour doesn’t need to be repeated in the room ever again. But that would be like buying a white sofa and nothing else white.
In this room, the colour has been repeated in the striped throw pillows and the wall treatment:
Here (below), the pink beige has been repeated in the area rug and the pillow:
Colour Scheme #1 – Area rug (Pottery Barn)
There’s only one way to choose an area rug without repeating the pink beige, and that is if your rug is one colour + white. Or a solid colour.
Here (below), the only place we’ve repeated the pink beige is in the pillow:
Colour Scheme #2 – Sofa (DWR) Rug (Pottery Barn)
If you choose an area rug with more than one colour (plus the white), and one of those colours is a different beige or grey like the one below, it will look like you’re completely ignoring your pink beige sofa. What do you think of this combo, below?
Below is another combination without any additional pink beige. You can make it work, especially because we are still decorating with blues, which work with pink beige, AND because there are no other neutral undertones we’re dealing with. But the question is, which of these two looks better?
Scroll back up to the Colour Scheme #1 (above) and look again.
Tell me if you agree with me but this colour scheme repeats the sofa colour and therefore looks the most intentional.
After you’ve picked out a rug (preferably a patterned one that picks up another colour), you can choose the chair to coordinate with your sofa:
Colour Scheme # 5 – Chair (Horchow)
Colour Scheme #6 – Chair (Horchow)
Here (below), the pink beige sofa has been repeated in the area rug and cushions. Lovely:
Here (Below), the only place the sofa colour has been repeated is in the sheers. Visually, the gold accents in the room relate to the sofa. This is a pretty room; however, the sofa looks slightly dirty with all the white:
Below, pink beige can be found in the carpet and the drapes. The brown and white wing chair also repeats the colour visually, even though it’s not pink beige:
As most people don’t have solid cream carpet (below), choose a blue area rug to go with this colour scheme, and add some pattern.
Do NOT try and duplicate this kind of dark colour scheme (below) UNLESS you too have French doors that look like this. In other words, you have beautiful architectural detail.
If you have a pink beige sofa in a living room thats basically shaped like a box, DO NOT buy a charcoal rug and pillows to go with your pink beige sofa.
Don’t get mislead by monochromatic rooms that will not give you the look and feel you want without a lot of other expensive details.
So stay on the plan, choose a colourful area rug and some coordinating throw pillows. and bring your living room to life!
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