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Paint Color to Coordinate with Red Furniture

Choosing a paint color that coordinates with your red furnishings can be a challenge. This is a guide about paint color to coordinate with red furniture.


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September 29, 2005

I need help! I own a bright red living room suite (couch and chair) and I do not know what color to paint my living room walls. Does any one have any suggestions?

from Kentucky

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October 9, 20050 found this helpful
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I have red couches and I did a really light grey on the walls with white trim. Black and white photos. A charcoal grey shag area rug and charcoal grey window treatment. Glass coffee table and few accessories. Red in a dominant color so keep it simple. My furniture is quit modern and the room is very contemporary. If that's not your taste I would go with something else. Yellow and red work well for traditional and country style rooms. What style are the couches? It can also depend on the type of red. Red and green are complimentary colors but it all depends on the shades of the two colors whether they will work well together or not. Hope this helps!

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October 11, 20050 found this helpful
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Greetings Denise!

Funny you should mention red -- my living room sofa and loveseat are both deep red. I've opted for two tone walls -- medium brown and light brown -- with cream ceiling. My windows have dark wood blinds, floor is honey parquet. I've opted to make the fabric for my drapes -- vertical stripes incorporating 3 shades of "earthy" green, cream, red (just a touch), black (a touch), and a deep turquoise.

I'll also use these fabrics (which are "satinesse" with a great sheen and were all purchased at Joann's for .99 to 1.99 per yard) throughout the room on a small round table and cushions for the seating.

While I don't always follow it, one color guideline which is definitely helpful is the 60-30-10-- one color takes precedence (usually walls and ceiling) at 60%, the next at 30% (seating, floors?), then the third at 10% (accents). When choosing your colors, try using this as a guide, you can ALMOST not go wrong. And remember, a little black should always be incorporated -- picture frames, other small accents -- if black isn't in the 60-30-10.

Good luck! :)

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October 11, 20070 found this helpful
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I have red furniture and peach carpet and walls. This combination does not look good. I am thinking about mocha carpet and walls. Does anyone have other suggestions for carpet and walls? I also have a 4 year old so I need a carpet/wall color that doesn't get dirty quick. Does anyone have pictures of their rooms with the red furniture?

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November 25, 20070 found this helpful
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I just purhased my red sectional and chair I plan on painting the walls a light olive green I get alot of my ideas from furniture sales papers. I let you know how it goes I plan on accents with dark cherrywood that looks almost black.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful

Ive seen buttermilk with red before and it looks fab - its a soft warm creamy colour which really does compliment red alot - white is too bright and clinical and going with another stong colour on your walls will make you house look smaller and I thnk if you've such a fab suite of furniture make it the main Wow feature in the room, don't let the walls take from it.

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July 22, 20070 found this helpful

I also have red couch/loveseat. I painted the walls a light mocha color, with one large wall opposite the furniture a red that is the same color as the furniture. It looks awesome.

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February 17, 20080 found this helpful

A tan or caramel color looks good with red. Anything in brown tones compliments red. Hope this helps. Jo ann

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Bisque looks great. I have bisque furnture with alot of red accent...AWESOME!!!

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December 8, 20080 found this helpful

I have a similar problem. However, my red furniture is in my bedroom. I also have a few other brown and black pieces in here. Does everyone still think creamy ivory? What a bout a light aqua blue? Would that work?

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January 9, 20090 found this helpful

I also have a red couch and my living room/dining room is very open. I have pale blue walls with one wall in the dining room bright red and a chair rail wall paper border of a Parisian street scene. Yellow accents and hardwood floors. Very country french. Also have an old grape vine with a freestyle glass top coffee table. I love my reds and blues.

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