A Red Couch
Seems like someone inevitably will ask me what I think about them purchasing a red couch for their living room, and I always have the same answer: “don’t do it”! Of course, if he or she already has it in mind to buy the couch, they are only asking my opinion for affirmation and probably will end up purchasing the red couch – hating it sooner or later (And most of the time it tends to be ‘sooner’).
Often when a person wants a red couch, the main reason is because they wish to add some color and excitement to their rooms – And a red couch will definitely supply not only that, but a few other emotions. You see, when you walk into the house, the first thing that will stand out is the couch. Forget the beautiful fireplace with the black marble inset. Forget the beautiful patio doors that lead out to a wonderful fire pit surrounded by the wicker furniture. Just forget all of it, because all the attention is focused on the couch when the latter is supposed to be just another player in the room that helps create balance and composition with the other furnishings.
A couch is a very major purchase that has to be lived with for many years – So the better solution would be buying a neutral beige/tan couch and adding red silk pillows and chenille throws. By changing the accents on your couch you are giving yourself a fresh look that will also satisfy that taste for color excitement! (And by having the chance to change the accents, it also becomes versatile enough so as to cater to your changing moods.) Or, perhaps you could buy a lovely red club chair that is just the right size for some drama. Another solution would be to paint an accent wall behind the couch in red – It would also add the color and pop you are looking for, as paint is inexpensive and can be easily changed. And if you still are not convinced and pine for that red couch, I would suggest you get yourself a red slipcover and throw it over the couch you own now – That way you get a good idea of whether it will look good in your house and how it looks around your architectural features and what to expect down the road.