Good Questions: Wood Types for This Living Room?

Good Questions: Wood Types for This Living Room?

Heather Blaha
Jun 4, 2007

Dear AT, I have a charcoal/brown (taupe chenille) apartment sofa which I love but cannot decide what tone of wood furniture to match it with. I currently have matched it with a light cherry low coffee table, which is actually solid with cool storage, but the veneer is peeling off. I also have a whole bunch of IKEA side tables (shamefully...) and CD shelves which are in similar beechwood finish (discontinued...). I also placed an ivory loveseat to balance it off but I am not sure if this is working right.
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I plan to upgrade my furniture a bit as I relocate this summer, and so far the sofa will be staying. I am thinking about getting a matching coffee table & a side table OR a coffee table & a sideboard. Ideally, a Knoll credenza would be perfect, but the West Elm modern storage media stand (below) in acorn finish would be an okay substitute...or not? I always see light sofas matched with wenge/chocolate or dark wood furniture in catalogues, but rarely vice versa. So please help me with some ideas!!! Thank you! - sysuh

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