So I've decided to seek advice online in relation to decorating my living room...
I have been living in my flat now for a year and have gone through a range of paints all of which have left me completely dissatisfied and I'm finding the thought of decorating rather stressful!
My biggest challenge is decorating around my brown fabric corner sofa (see link below):
I had a thought maybe a pale green just like the one linked below could work:
Does anyone think this would look nice?
Thanks for the advice!
I think any color would go with that sofa as it is neutral enough, so the color you posted is fine.
Maybe you can find a picture or area rug with colors you like and choose a color from there for the room.
I think shades of greens and brown with some white/creams would make a striking room.
Now I like this.
Any color would work with the brown. I like the green you showed. You could add things in the room easily to match the green. A throw on the couch, rug, even a vase to put on the table. You could add shelves to put above the couch in brown and that would tie it in too.
You have given me some great ideas.
Might post some pics when I've finished.
Brown and green is a tried and true color scheme: it's earthy and fresh at the same time.
Here's a variation of that color palette, where the walls are in a warm off-white and the brown and green is limited to the furniture. The room was designed by Christopher Grubb.
Here's a distinction you want to see up front. The green you posted is a sage tone - very traditional, where the photo posted above is an apple tone, more current and updated. Your couch is modern, where the photo shows more traditional furniture.
Green and brown work together, but there are a million shades of green. Make sure you start with a great print fabric that you like (on an accent pillow for instance) and carry it around to make sure that every other green thing you invest in looks good with it.
Not knowing you, I'd say you are safest with a blue and brown color scheme - it is classic, and so long as you differentiate between things that are sky blue tones and those blues that have green in them, you can add indigo toned blue accents (think faded blue jean - heck, use some faded blue jeans to cover something old you want to keep) and use lots of beige/white, natural materials (baskets, rope wrapped lamps) and build on a kind of nautical color palette - that will naturally feel masculine / be classic. See http://beautifulfabric.com/asc...Start=200&recNum=245
for one very modern graphic fabric that could be your inspiration. Find a blue for your walls that is paler than this blue, but coordinates with the tone. Add lots of white and beige, and without much effort, your room looks pulled together without being too "done."
As others have stated, brown is a neutral as are greens. When establishing a room's scheme, factor in the flooring, lighting, and adjoining public spaces. Pull your scheme from new or existing prints such as a rug, an upholstered chair, pillows, art, or window treatments. The print should not only give scheme cues but tie the colors together. Prints and textures also create visual interest even in monochromatic spaces. The addition of hue values, black and white will also create contrast, depth, drama to your space. Just be sure to scatter the scheme around the room and spill one or more of the colors into adjoining public spaces. If no print inspiration exists, I suggest you begin there. The print should have some brown in it and an additional color or three that pleases your eye and evokes the feel you seek for this space. Match colors to it in the lighting of your space and you're in business. If it sounds simplistic, this approach can certainly take the guess work out for novice decorators.
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