I need some advice. My boyfriend and I are moving to a new city soon and we're moving in together. He has a blue microfiber couch and a brown microfiber side chair. The blue is a darker blue, but not navy and the brown is a coffee/espresso brown.
I need tips on how to decorate and what color palate to use. In my mind, I just don't see the two colors going together. Thanks.
Try white or cream with brown and blue. It's a sophisticated color combo and currently very popular, and it's not too girly nor too masculine! Have fun with it and good luck on your new venture!
Pink will go with both colors so add something pink to the room, cushions & etc, good luck.
Buy or make a throw-pillow in the color of the couch & place that on the chair & buy several throw pillows in the same color of the chair & place them on the couch. You can also buy pillows with both colors in them, or even with a nice print or pattern.
If you can, find a nice throw rug in 5x7 or larger that has both brown & blue in it & put the throw rug over you wall-to-wall carpeting or wood floor. These colors go together wonderfully, they are the same colors in my house. You can also throw in a third color, I used olive green, but any green would work, as will beige, pick a beige that's in the same shade as the brown chair, only much lighter. If you decide to use a third color as an accent color, like a green, the throw-rug or art-prints should also have green in them. I hung 3 different (but similar) botanical prints & all 3 had matching frames. I had them double-matted in colors that matched my decor. These prints were copies of the ones from the 1700's & they never go out of style!
I was forced to use blue in my decorating scheme because when I moved to a new home the carpeting was already blue, so I decorated with Brown, Blue & Olive in the living room & in the kitchen (which you can see from the living room) I painted that a golden beige with brown accents, but Sage Green would have also looked nice. Other colors that would look nice (if you don't like green) are Navy or Cobalt (any dark blue) & Copper.
If you can find a throw run or a nice large print or painting you like that has both colors in it (blue & brown) you'll be all set & the colors in the rug or artwork will tie everything together, & don't think that blue, brown & green don't go together, because they are the colors in nature (sky, trees & foliage). If you're looking for a decorating "theme", think "nature" & buy little accent pieces with sticks & leaves or pine cones & the like on them. You can go Modern, Traditional, or whatever style you like. Don't think that anything "nature inspired" has to be "country". Just think of all the high-end spas, they are nearly always "nature" inspired, but have a wonderful class & elegance to them as well because they are uncluttered & restrained.
* I am an artist & I do this for a living. I paint custom wall murals & special order tiles for installation & I often help people choose their colors as well. If it were me, I'd stay far away from pink! If you want something bold & bright & want to make a statement, go for a sunflower theme because you could use golden yellow as an accent because it's the compliment of blue & has brown in the center.
Blue and brown go very well together. I have a dress that has exactly those colors that Cyinda is describing blue, brown, and two shades of green, a pale green and a darker green. It is a foliage print. I would go with throw pillows with a print that has both colors, and since I like afghans and throws, I would add one or two of those.
With regard to art, you should buy art or prints that you love, and not to match the sofa. If you decide to decorate the room using the art as inspiration, that's okay, but first you love the art piece.
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How about bright pink cushions to contrast the brown & blue, if your boyfriend gags at the idea of pink then maybe electric blue? Alternatively you could get a pattern quilt or throw to cover the couch. Happy decorating! Linz x
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