Good Questions: What Color Behind This Sofa?

Good Questions: What Color Behind This Sofa?

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 29, 2007

Hello AT,

We were just bestowed a second-hand couch to replace our old, curb-found college days model. This one is in decent shape, comfy and perfect for our room. The only problem is, the fabric covering is sort of a beige-orange color and I'm having a really hard time trying to figure out what color to paint the huge wall behind it...

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Since the two colors will be directly juxtaposed, I want to make sure I pick a great color. I've spent quite a bit of time with color chips, but I'd welcome some input from you color saavy readers.

Thanks! -Ally

Dear Ally,

Go for contrast. You've got a dark floor and a fairly dark sofa, so we'd go with a light wall that will allow the sofa to pop off of it. For a subtle pop, go with a warm off-white like Pirates Cove by Benjamin Moore or even China White (which is warm/grey in tone), but for more fun and more pop, why not a bright green like this or a softer green like this.

Anyone else??

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