...making it work and with NO fear!
Using color in a room, even when you're a bit unsure about how it will or will not work, is all about balance. Even the very specific, yet classic color/look of the Sutton Love Seat (below) can make a room feel complete, colorful, balanced and fresh, when paired with one of your beige or tan sofas, a leather arm chair or even with 2 of my Sutton vine chairs or 2 of the Renu Leather (w/nail heads) DAVIS slipper chairs.
It's all about finding a way to use color in a big, bold gesture and then tempering it with neutrals, earth tones or classics like B&W or rich browns.
If you're already using color in your home--you know what I mean. Tell us your stories. If you're not but want to, it's much easier than you think and if you do it with an accent piece of furniture and accessories, there's no repainting. THAT, is super swell.
The colors you love but fear to use will make sense in your own rooms when they have a color partner to play off of. Also, finding ways to pick up your bold color choice in a few well chosen accessories, like pillows, rugs, dark wood coffee tables and the appropriate lighting (things you may already have) along with tempering it with neutrals and earth tones, can take your color choice to the ultimate level of "WOW design."
You know the feeling when you walk into a room and it looks so appealing yet not at all what you would see anywhere else. Even though you recognize what is happening, the way it's been put together feels incredibly unique. THAT, is what makes us notice. Those are the rooms that keep us coming back to look at in magazines, on design shows and in the homes/places we visit. These are the rooms that inspire us and make us take chances in our own homes.
area rug (above) would be the perfect under foot companion to the Sutton Love Seat with a great wooden coffee table and 2 DAVIS leather chairs with the nail head detail. Add a few throw pillows (options below) and a simple clear vase on the coffee table with fresh cut orange or white tulips and you are on your way...
Move some furniture. Get a fresh perspective of your own space. Add some color in a bold way and watch what you have feel fresher and more unique. The things that transform our lives are somehow connected to bold choices. This applies to the way we decorate. I know you can do this, it's just a matter of experimenting to see how your room(s) become what you envision.
People used to say that interior design/decor followed a lot of what was happening in the world of fashion. Things have changed so much that both are neck & neck in terms of setting trends, but one thing remains very true--analyze your room(s) the way you do your wardrobe.
One well added piece can take an existing look, that you may have grown a bit tired of but couldn't part with, and give it the "WOW."
adding a dark rich coffee table to the Sutton Love Seat (and your new seating area) takes you color choice and gives it a bit of depth. Combining surprising color with classic style and warm browns and woods can make all your design decision feel like they were always mean to be. You can go either way here, more contemporary (like the first coffee table) or a bit more traditional (the 2nd choice).
Both are available at OVERSTOCK
throw pillows & rugs (above): www.wshome.com
making color work by repeating it and partnering it with neutrals.
image above: www.wshome.com
my Sutton love seat (above), bold yes...BUT, when partnered with a tan/beige sofa you may already have or with 2 of theblack and white vine DAVIS chairs (below)--the warm. rich, bold color choice becomes the right look.
adding 2 of the Renu Leather DAVIS slipper chairs (below) with the Sutton Love Seat can also be a great way to ground all that color. Repeating a few of those corals & browns in throw pillows, rugs and other accessories will start to pull the whole room together.
However you put your rooms together, work with what you already have.
This is not about creating rooms that feel like they have no character, no personal history or that anyone could live in. These rooms are about you. Infuse them with the things you have and love. Let them tell your story and the new additions will only enhance that.
No one should have your STYLE, even if they have your sofa!