Cohesion should be the goal of any room you decorate, no matter the style. By ensuring your décor pieces work with the furniture and floor covering, your room will be visually pleasing. Furniture items, such as sofas and stuffed chairs, often represent your biggest décor investment, so it's essential your upholstery blends with the rest of your pieces. Below are three tips on how you achieve this decorating ideal.
Get Inspired by your Upholstery's Color Palette
Since a sofa is the largest piece of upholstered furniture in any room, it makes sense to use it as a design focal point. If your upholstery is patterned, you already have a set color scheme. You chose the sofa, so obviously you like the colors. Use them throughout the rest of the room in varying degrees. You should have a main color and a couple accent colors, all from the upholstery. You can also choose a neutral from the upholstery itself or one that complements the overall coloration.
Use Solid-Colored Upholstery as a Palette Basis
If your sofa's upholstery isn't patterned, you can still use it as the basis for your palette. Better Homes and Gardens suggests choosing colors that work well with your upholstery color.
Color theory comes in handy here because you might want complementary colors for a vibrant effect or analogous colors for a soothing effect. For example, if your sofa is a shade of green, choosing a shade of red for accenting creates the vibrant look because red and green complement each other. Conversely, blue, blue-green, and green are next to each other on the color wheel. If you choose these for your palette, the ambience will be more serene.
Stick to a Theme
Color theory isn't the only way to make your sofa and stuffed chairs harmonize with the rest of the décor. Another option is to choose a theme that works with your furniture's upholstery. For example, if you like the safari style, you can incorporate almost any solid-colored upholstery into your décor. You simply have to promote the style with other accent pieces, such as a faux-fur rug, safari artwork, and woven baskets.
Imagine a zebra-print rug, collection of African baskets, and elephant artwork on the wall with a black sofa. Now imagine it with a beige sofa, a red sofa, a green sofa, and so on. Because you've already created cohesion with your décor style, any color upholstery works.
Utilize your furniture's upholstery as a focal point to make your living room décor harmonious.