Annie sent me this photo with a question, 'Are my sofa's pink beige?'. She said in her current house (2nd photo) they looked yellow and in her last house (photo below) they looked pink. And she was absolutely right. The reason why complex neutrals are so complicated is because they change depending on which colours are beside them.
The wall colour below is BM HC-105 Rockport Gray (the whole room is the same colour but the light coming in from the left makes it look lighter in the photo) which has a green undertone. This pulls out the pink in her sofas.
You can see that the carpet is more of a blue/green, the slipper chairs are yellow beige and they coordinate well with the yellow beige leaves in the area rug. If we were working with the rug, I would suggest a lighter blue/green like BM Titanium or Gray Cashmere. As I mentioned in this post, if you go too dark with gray blues/greens it looks too much like a man's den or teenage boys room.
Here the walls in her current house are much pinker which make the sofa look yellow. Obviously most people would not intentionally paint their walls a pinker shade to downplay the pink in the sofa. The wall colour is from the previous owner and she still needs to paint.
I suggested that she purchase a new rug because the existing one does not relate to the sofas and she told me that was already on her list to change. So here are my suggestions for Annie's living room:
These suggestions are based on avoiding the pink beige undertone in the sofa. You have already read here that blues are the most current way to work with pink if you want to keep the look fresh so an area rug in blue and white is where I would start. Notice I chose white, not cream so it would coordinate with her existing white drapery.
If you buy white drapery off-the-shelf, you need to repeat it in the room, this way it looks more custom.
A pattern that picks up the sofa, the carpet and white would be pretty. And four teal pillows in a solid like the ones pictured above. Note, this is the idea, the solid pillows you could find on-line but the more decorative ones might have to be custom made.
Because the existing sofas have a square arm I would choose a coordinating chair with a squared arm as well in white so that it also repeats the white in the rug and the drapery. Also the room is big enough to handle a full size upholstered chair with arms so I would suggest this instead of slipper chairs.
The existing white tray Annie has on the coffee table is perfect and it just needs coffee tables books, a vase with flowers and some hurrican lanterns like this:
This fluted lamp would be pretty in this living room or a less expensive option from JC Penny. I often specify lamps from here because most of my on-line clients have a JC Penny nearby.
So the next question y'all will be asking is 'The blue still pulls out the pink in the sofa'. Yes it does, but now the room will look pulled together and not a combination of 2 clashing undertones.
Thanks Annie for sharing your space with us! This was a great lesson on one colour looking completely different with just a shift in wall colour.
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