styling a brown sofa

Five Ways to Decorate with a Brown Sofa

Written on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am , by

Everyone knows a brown sofa is extremely practical, which is why so many retailers sell them and so many of us buy them!  Dark brown is most forgiving when it comes to dirt and stains and for those of us with active families, a brown sofa is a smart choice. 

One complaint that accompanies the ownership of a brown sofa is an assumption that the color is blah or boring.  Not true!  Here are five ways to style a brown sofa so that it remains fresh and modern.

 

Lighten Up.   A dark brown sofa will not dominate a space when surrounded by lighter elements.  Paint the walls a pale neutral then choose artwork, accessories, and accent furniture in lighter or colorful hues to balance the darkness of the piece.  

 

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Crisp white ceilings and trim also keep the space light and bright.

 

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Welcome Warm Tones.  Brown is a warmer neutral that plays well with wood and other warm tones, just think of all the colors of fall!  Choose accent hues in autumn colors such as deep red, mustard yellow, or burnt sienna to pair naturally with a brown sofa.

 

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Cool It.   Brown works equally well with cooler blues and greens.  Use accent chairs, window panels, or colorful pillows in cooler tones to add calm and color to a space anchored by a brown sofa.  

 

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Console Yourself.    Although this sofa is tan not brown, the same design principle applies.  Pull the sofa into the center of the room, layer a console table along the back, then fill it with books or other objects to take the eye away from the sofa and toward the decorative display.

 

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Embrace It.   Add accent chairs that pick up the hue of the existing dark sofa and cover the sofa with decorative pillows to lighten the visual weight of darker furniture. 

 

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Work with the existing piece by painting the walls a similar hue.  Use the power of contrast to create impact between light and dark with crisp white ceilings and trim.

 

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Brown sofas are cozy and stylish too when paired with pops of fresh color and the contrast created with white.   In what ways do you style your brown sofa or dark upholstered furniture?

 

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