Integrating an Antique Sofa into a Modern Space?

Integrating an Antique Sofa into a Modern Space?

Colleen Quinn
Aug 6, 2009

Q: I am having a dilemma mixing my favorite pieces with my more practical pieces. I initially had our huge red Ikea couch in the room and I didn't mind the balance temporarily. I just found the exact antique sofa I envisioned in the space and now that it has taken the place of the red couch I'm not sure that the room makes sense anymore! My initial thought is to paint the wood on it to resemble the orange chairs. However, now the floral couch looks even more out of place than it already did! Do I bring the red couch back in? Get rid of the floral or both? If so, what could possibly/affordably take its place. I just love the comfortable feel that the red couch provides and that friends feel comfortable lounging for hours.

Sent by Jasika

Editor: Jasika, we love your fabulous antique sofa and definitely think you need to keep it in the room. We agree the floral seems to be a bit much given the plethora of colors and patterns already at play. Could you possibly slipcover it in a plain fabric?

Readers, what would you advise for Jasika's bright and lively living room?

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