How to Deal with Bad Furniture Selection
July 25, 2007 § 2 Comments
Problem: My brand new sofa now seems too big for the room but I don’t want to take it back. What can I do?
If you’re dealing with a big sectional or other large sofa that dominates your living room, here’s an idea for making it seem a little less imposing. Choose a wall color that will allow the sofa to blend into the room. For example, if it’s a light gray sofa, consider a lighter version of that color on the walls. What happens is the sofa will blend into the walls and allow you to notice other items in the room, like the wood furniture and artwork.
Just a note about selecting furniture: Try to avoid the urge to buy a large piece of furniture with a huge pattern on it, like a colorful floral. No matter how well the dimensions of the piece might fit into your room, the piece will dominate. If you love floral, try reserving the fabric for pillows and even window treatments. You’ll tire of it much less quickly and will not have to camouflage the sofa when the pattern begins to drive you crazy. It’s much easier to toss the pillows than the sofa.