How to Decorate With a Red Sofa

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A red sofa is bound to be an attention-getter, as this is a bright and bold colour on a fairly large piece of furniture. However, this bright pop of red can easily be calmed down by carefully selecting the surrounding pieces to complement the piece. When used correctly, a red sofa can create a warm, welcoming focal point for the room.

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    Choose the right red. If you don't already have a red sofa that you are trying to decorate around, make sure that the red sofa you select will work well with your overall decor. A bright, primary shade of red will work with a contemporary look for the room, while a deeper, rust red will look best with browns and greens.

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    Select other colours to complement the red sofa. If you would like a warm room that incorporates some natural, nature-inspired hues, consider using tan, chocolate brown and sage green. If you prefer a more contemporary look, you may prefer to surround the red couch with white and black, which will create a different look entirely.

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    Paint the walls in a neutral shade. This should be either a tan or beige colour for the first colour palette, or white for the second.

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    Surround the red sofa with darker pieces. The end tables, coffee table and entertainment centre or bookshelves should all use one colour. For the first colour palette, this might be a deep brown or mahogany wood. For the second, black furniture will continue the contemporary look of the room.

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    Incorporate accent pieces that bring other colours into the room. For a nature-inspired room, sage green will work well with the browns and tans, while complementing the red as well. For a contemporary look, you can continue with black and white pieces, or incorporate other bright colours in small accents such as a bright blue or purple.

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