We often hear from our customers that deciding on the color of their Joybird sofa or chairs is the toughest part of the selection process. But of course, the color selection process doesn’t end in your shopping cart. Here are some of our best-practices for selecting paint colors and wallpapers that work with the tones of your new furniture.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, color plays a huge part in setting the mood for any space. It can work wonders for brightening up dark spaces, making small rooms seem larger, and even changing the vibe of an entire home. It’s a crucial aspect of interior design and requires a decent amount of consideration before plunging forward with a paint brush.
But the process of selecting colors for your walls should go beyond optical tricks and mood. It’s essential that you consider how those colors will work with other elements in the space, namely your furniture. If you love having neutral walls, but also decided to purchase a sofa in the same shade, your space could end up looking flat and drab due to a lack of contrast and dimension.
Here’s a quick rundown of key things to remember when finding your perfect color palette…
Complement, Not Clash
If you decide you want to use a variety of shades in your decor (which can be fun and stylish when done right) make sure you consider the color wheel first. They are certain color combinations that are always going to work together because they literally are on opposite sides of the spectrum and, as such, they complement one another. Gather paint samples of tones you’re considering and, rather than holding them up to the wall, first lay them on your sofa. Do the colors go well together or do they clash? It may take some time to find just the right shade to enhance your furniture, but you’ll definitely know it when you see it. This color calculator is a great tool for finding the perfect complementary hues.
Light Changes Everything
As you’re selecting colors and tones, keep in mind that the light in which you’re viewing colors plays a big role in how they appear. A shade of blue can sometimes look more green when viewed in warm tungsten light for example. Consider what lighting you have in the space you’re designing and view your paint, or wallpaper samples against your furniture, drapes, and carpet in all possible lighting variations. You may be surprised at how this can “color” your decision!
Accent walls are a wonderful way to bring color into a room, without fear of going overboard or committing yourself to any one shade. A great trick for creating a balanced space is to place your furniture in the best possible spot to contrast or counterbalance that accent. Depending on your layout, this may be directly across from the wall, adjacent to it, or directly in front of it. A perfectly placed sofa can make the difference between color palette harmony or complete color imbalance.
Rather than contrasting, complementary colors, you may decide to go for a more cohesive palette and match the colors of your walls with your furniture. When done right, this look can be super chic. Avoid getting too “matchy” by varying the shade of your walls. For instance, if your sofa is a bright turquoise, opt for a paint color that’s ever so slightly lighter for a subtle contrast that will add depth to your space.
Remember to play around with different tones, keep an open mind, and you’re sure to create a color palette that’s heavenly to come home to at the end of the day!