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I have an old-ish brown sectional that’s showing some wear, but it’s laz z boy and in good condition structurally.  I think I can make it work in a family room/boys-playing-video-games type of area. The problem is is that it’s not my style AT ALL. I loathe brown. Nothing else in my home is in that color scheme. Is there any way I can make this couch tolerable for a room that’s not even one I’ll hang in very much, but one I’ll still see often? You guys are so good at decorating ideas, so lay it on me Hive! 😊

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I've been super happy with an inexpensive stretch slipcover I bought from Amazon for my basement sofa:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0186VDEL6/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It looks like there are similar ones available for sectionals. Because it's stretchy, it stays in place well, unlike the "tie on" kind. You could do any color you wanted.

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I have brown and it's not necessarily my style either, but it looks okay in our family room. I painted the walls a lovely robins egg blue and I use yellow accents with curtains and throw pillows. 

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My sofa is dark brown to hide... uh... kid stains.  It doesn’t match my decor, which would have suited a white or cream sofa better.  But it works in the decor because of other bright colors and a few dark pieces that ‘match’ and tie it in. But I’ve got pinks, oranges, corals, lavenders, blue, creams, and greens going on.  It works!

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33 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

My sofa is dark brown to hide... uh... kid stains.  It doesn’t match my decor, which would have suited a white or cream sofa better.  But it works in the decor because of other bright colors and a few dark pieces that ‘match’ and tie it in. But I’ve got pinks, oranges, corals, lavenders, blue, creams, and greens going on.  It works!

I’d love to see a pic of how you incorporate so many colors, if you’d be willing to share one. I’d like to add color, but I mostly have neutrals...grays, whites, etc. I think I’m ready for a bit of color. 

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6 minutes ago, mmasc said:

I’d love to see a pic of how you incorporate so many colors, if you’d be willing to share one. I’d like to add color, but I mostly have neutrals...grays, whites, etc. I think I’m ready for a bit of color. 

Sure, but be aware my house is a literal construction zone and this is the only completed section, stuffed with pretty much all the furniture now. Walls are the soft lavender/gray and I get nothing but compliments, even though the rest of the house is a total mess.  It’s also missing all the colorful throw pillows and artwork that tie it together further. But the brown storage unit pieces help ground the brown sofa, even though this color scheme really suits black and white better than espresso brown. The lighting is just slightly warm white, giving the whole thing a bit of a yellowish cast I didn’t correct for in the picture.

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Note too, the Roman shades are an off white with a subtle hex pattern and some silvery thread too.  They’re really neutral but work well with all the living room colors in a way stark white wouldn’t, not with the couch the way it currently is.  The throw pillows are the biggest discordant note right now, and the blue coffee table actually goes in the play room, whereas a glass and brass one would fit this space much better.  *shrug*. Given how many times that couch has been pooped and yarfed on I just can’t complain about the color too much 😆

And for reference, here is the other just painted living room that still needs flooring, one of those brown storage units, a rug, the blue table, and two of those hex Roman shades as well. The kitchen is still a work in progress too 😳

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I think blue walls look especially nice with brown. You might google "brown couch blue walls" and look at the images that pop up.

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8 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

Sure, but be aware my house is a literal construction zone and this is the only completed section, stuffed with pretty much all the furniture now. Walls are the soft lavender/gray and I get nothing but compliments, even though the rest of the house is a total mess.  It’s also missing all the colorful throw pillows and artwork that tie it together further. But the brown storage unit pieces help ground the brown sofa, even though this color scheme really suits black and white better than espresso brown. The lighting is just slightly warm white, giving the whole thing a bit of a yellowish cast I didn’t correct for in the picture.

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Note too, the Roman shades are an off white with a subtle hex pattern and some silvery thread too.  They’re really neutral but work well with all the living room colors in a way stark white wouldn’t, not with the couch the way it currently is.  The throw pillows are the biggest discordant note right now, and the blue coffee table actually goes in the play room, whereas a glass and brass one would fit this space much better.  *shrug*. Given how many times that couch has been pooped and yarfed on I just can’t complain about the color too much 😆

And for reference, here is the other just painted living room that still needs flooring, one of those brown storage units, a rug, the blue table, and two of those hex Roman shades as well. The kitchen is still a work in progress too 😳

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O. M. G

The progress being made so fast is just crazy!  I LOVE it!  

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3 minutes ago, happysmileylady said:

O. M. G

The progress being made so fast is just crazy!  I LOVE it!  

I’m going to remember you said that when I’m crying about it feeling endless, thank you  🥰

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8 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

I’m going to remember you said that when I’m crying about it feeling endless, thank you  🥰

Honest to goodness, when DH did the flooring in our upstairs in the Indy house, the floor surface was a little bit bigger, it took MONTHS.  Like 4 to 6 months, just the flooring.  There were reasons, but really, honestly, I am super impressed with how fast it's all getting done.  

(you don't have to say if you don't want, but how many sq ft do you have again?)

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My couches are tan and the walls are grey, but I liven it up a bit with aqua and yellow accents and tie it all together with dark wood tables, chair legs, bookcases, desk, etc. I think a darker brown couch could work in my space, too, if that’s what I had to work with.

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Shoot, our re-build from the water damage took 6 months, and that was a multi person dedicated crew, working full time.  AND, no one living and functioning in the house.  

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@Arctic Mama that’s beautiful! Even in disarray! Thank you for posting.  I love the colors. I think I need to look into having someone help me pull it all together. I love the idea of the walls being painted, but that’s probably not going to happen in my house. So I’ll have to go with other things. I really like your orange rug. Where did you find it? I need to do some rug shopping. 

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9 minutes ago, happysmileylady said:

Honest to goodness, when Dan did the flooring in our upstairs in the Indy house, the floor surface was a little bit bigger, it took MONTHS.  Like 4 to 6 months, just the flooring.  There were reasons, but really, honestly, I am super impressed with how fast it's all getting done.  

(you don't have to say if you don't want, but how many sq ft do you have again?)

Hubs spends literally every spare moment on it, which isn’t much! But he got all the wallpaper off two weeks ago, patched all the drywall and sanded last weekend, and then painted the ceiling that Sunday and the walls this Sunday afternoon.  So. Much. Taping. The house is just a little over 2100 sq feet but it’s definitely taking its sweet time.  These last few rooms (living rooms, kitchen, entry, laundry) are taking the longest because we live in them and keep having to move junk. The bedrooms and bathroom were so much easier.

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My couch isn’t even a dark, rich brown; it’s just...brown...like dirt color 😂 I *could* post a pic, but it looks particularly hideous right now since it’s in the drab basement waiting to be placed somewhere better. 

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These are terrible iPad pics, but should give you an idea.  And excuse the uncentered painting, doh has moving that on his to-do list.  

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1 minute ago, mmasc said:

@Arctic Mama that’s beautiful! Even in disarray! Thank you for posting.  I love the colors. I think I need to look into having someone help me pull it all together. I love the idea of the walls being painted, but that’s probably not going to happen in my house. So I’ll have to go with other things. I really like your orange rug. Where did you find it? I need to do some rug shopping. 

I got that clearance from Sears; but Wayfair, One King Lane, and Overstock have plenty of lovely rugs for not too expensive.  It’s my favorite way to brighten up a room aside from art and throw pillows, for sure.  And obviously painting crappy old furniture 👀

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7 minutes ago, *Jessica* said:

My couches are tan and the walls are grey, but I liven it up a bit with aqua and yellow accents and tie it all together with dark wood tables, chair legs, bookcases, desk, etc. I think a darker brown couch could work in my space, too, if that’s what I had to work with.

When I bought my couches I had a yellow living room and blue accents. Those colors go very well with cool and neutral shades of brown for sure!

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4 minutes ago, *Jessica* said:

These are terrible iPad pics, but should give you an idea.  And excuse the uncentered painting, doh has moving that on his to-do list.  

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That looks great!  Very sleek and yet obviously pet and kid friendly 👍

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4 minutes ago, mmasc said:

@*Jessica* very pretty! But with a dog in a picture, I can’t really notice much else 💕😂

😛 She was so confused as to why I kicked her off my lap and then took her picture.

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I like pops of red to brighten up a brown color scheme. Maybe with some light taupe stuff too. So some red throw pillows and some light tan/beige/taupe/whatever throw pillows and a red throw blanket over the arm of the sofa or folded on the ottoman if there is one, plus a red throw rug in front can really brighten it up. And red is great because it goes with Christmas, 4th of July, and Valentine's day, lol. 

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This was our couch. It’s the color of brown beach sand. I think it showed up a little lighter in the pics. I personally don’t mind brown sofas although this one is gone (bit the dust), and I now have a light gray and navy-ish blue sofas. 

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11 minutes ago, aggie96 said:

This was our couch. It’s the color of brown beach sand. I think it showed up a little lighter in the pics. I personally don’t mind brown sofas although this one is gone (but the dust), and I now have a light gray and navy-ish blue sofas. 

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Your living room is disgustingly cohesive and clean, I love it 🥰🤣

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GThis is what I did to it for staging when we sold it. Imagine Toys R Us exploded all over it, 4 pairs of my husbands shoes strewn about, 5 remotes inexplicably for 1 tv and 1 cable box, too many books, a couple of toddler rocking chairs, a giant cloth bin of blocks and duplo legos, and a couple of snuggle blankets all in that much-too-small-for-all-that-stuff space. Take away the “stuff” and that was what was left. But it did look nice cleaned up, which only happened when my in-laws visited and staging. 🙂

 

ETA. We did put those floors in. My favorite. And I did love that brown couch. 

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I have a brown/black velvet tapestry sofa. My primary decorating colors are burgundy and gold. My rug is a burgundy oriental and then I have burgundy curtains, throw pillows and throws with gold sheers and accents in the rug and some pillows. SO the color of the couches don't matter at all. I could totally change them out (which I plan to do soon) and it wouldn't majorly change the look at all. I haven't finished repainting the downstairs from builders' beige to the Valspar Crepe (a golden color) we have (and love) upstairs. 

My oldest dd has medium brown textured couches. Her paint is called sand greige. The rug is multicolored with cream base and then bright pink, turquoise and yellow. The pillows match the accents in the rug and her curtains are made out of drop clothes. Totally different look than mine but she could also change out her couches and it wouldn't make any difference. 

So I say just pretend that the couch is a non-color and pick the colors that you like for paint, pillows, throws, and curtains.

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