The couch is a major consideration. You have to plan wall colours carefully to prevent a bland, dark or muddy vibe in the room when it’s brown. Brown can be light, earthy or rich as toast. Walls can go light or explode with color. Try samples to the wall nearest the couch to see what matches it day or night.
Cocoa and Cream
Milky cocoa linen couch upholstery may be dull against color that is a lot of, but it comes alive with vanilla cream walls — such as a foamy cappuccino or hot cocoa with whipped cream steaming in a cup. The combination of cloth that is medium brown and horizontal weave that is gentle looks even richer with walls that fill the space with light but are soft enough to blend with animal silhouetted lampshades polycarbonate end tables, an antique trunk coffee table and the couch. Keep trim the identical color as the walls but up the glow factor using a glossy finish. You could work with velveteen. An ivory and ivory rug is serene in this room.
Dark chocolate velvet or wool upholstery on chocolate enamel and the couch onto the walls turn the living room into a chocolate box of rich hues. Paint the fireplace surround, the coffered ceiling and the trim antique white, but insert a touch of color in a lilac raw silk chair; a tan, beige, vanilla and yellow contemporary abstract rug; bright yellow vases on the mantel; and a lilac throw onto the sofa. Shiny raw silk drapes in a lighter shade of chocolate pull back to allow light close to highlight its luscious extravagance and flood the space.
The distressed tobacco leather couch takes pride of place in the living room against walls faux painted in a rusty shade of apricot. Venetian or sueded plastered walls show their texture in altering light, as does the lavish finish of the leather. The paint picks up the orange tone from the tobacco-colored leather and also can manage touches of metallic cherry in graphic frames, chalk-white or palest gray trim, a gray-and-white tweed carpeting or ebony-stained plank floors, deep or black rose accents, acid green or natural sisal chair upholstery. The couch and the custom-painted walls are chameleons — but anything you put in the space will not compete for center point with them.
The couch is linen or brocade in a shade of brown or toast rice. It is light and easy to get along with, letting you go in any color direction for wall decor and paint. Try cinnamon or red cinnabar on the walls. Green the room with chartreuse or green paint that is acid. Try a blush or palest rose with heavy brown trim. Paint the walls sunflower yellow with wood trim. A brown couch is impartial enough to be minimalist with white or ghost-gray walls, varnished wood floors or a Berber rug and pewter and cork fittings.