Building a Comfortable Room Around the Chloe Sofa?

Building a Comfortable Room Around the Chloe Sofa?

Colleen Quinn
Jan 21, 2010

Q: My husband and I just bought our first place and to go with it, our first grown up piece of furniture - a sofa. We have very different tastes (he leans traditional, I tend toward more modern) so I thought this sofa would be perfect. However it arrived this week and I'm not really loving it. It's looking a little more drab than fab.

Sent by Kiara

Maybe it's the color (the showroom model was white) or maybe it's the fabric but my hunch is I'm having a little trouble seeing off the showroom floor and in my bland and boring living room. First order of business- adding some color right away. Pillows, rug, maybe some paint? Second is some more furniture, accent chair and coffee table to bring the room together. Suggestions on how to keep this sofa and room l from looking too grannyish and boring? We just moved in two weeks ago so we're seriously starting for scratch. A note on painting - because of the open floor plan painting the whole room isn't really an option BUT there is a contained wall to the side of the sofa that would work as an accent wall.

Editor: Kiara- great tufting on that sofa. It is hard to imagine the layout of the room from this photo, but you do definitely need to add some color. A bright rug will help to anchor the room and add some much needed depth. You can also add some color with curtains and artwork on the walls. Here are some examples of rooms featuring tufted sofas that are anything but grannyish:

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