New Ways to Decorate with a Brown Sofa

 

Brown sofas are a go-to staple in the furniture industry. Every retailer has one, and chances are, most customers have owned one, or probably own one now. They are usually comfortable, hide dirt and pet fur rather well, and are easy to find in almost any style. But no matter their practical attributes, many people today tend to shy from a traditional brown sofa, afraid that the color is boring or drab!

Contrary to that belief, there are always ways to make a brown sofa a part of a lively living room set up. Here’s a couple tips for anyone ready to take their brown sofa to a new level:

 

1. Surround yourself in the hue.

An easy way to work with brown is to take it to the max by using the sofa’s color around the room, including on the walls and other furniture pieces. Select a contrasting color to offset all the brown, and play with whites and neutrals to keep the room from becoming too monotone.

 

Brown paint, wallpaper, and wall textures can tie the room together with a brown sofa set, like our Louis shown here. Don’t forget to accent with our Liz chair!

 

 

2. Go the other way with lighter colors.

Another way to work with a brown sofa is to surround it with lighter colors. This will provide balance to a darker piece, and will brighten the room.

 

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Alex is a great collection for modern, simple comfort in a soft brown hue. A light gray wall and sculptural accessories work well with bold pops of color. Simple ottomans in white provide a modular solution to a standard coffee table.

 

3. Decorate with a warm palette.

Brown is already a warm color, which makes it great to partner with burgundies, reds, oranges, and yellows. Take inspiration from autumn colors, and play with florals and brightly colored accent pieces.

 

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Floral curtains, a stone fireplace, and warm toned paint brighten a brown sofa and remind us of home. Play with furniture shapes, and don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture styles. Our Flora chair brings some bright green to the scene, while the Andrew is a good basic brown sofa to work with.

 

4. Dazzle with a cool palette.

Purples, greens, and blues shouldn’t be snubbed in the face of brown’s warm tone. Contrast these cooler tones with a strong brown couch, or even aim for a lighter brown. Make sure your pillows, rugs, curtains, and other pieces include pops of matching brown to bring it all together.

 

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A completely cool palette, like this one awash in blues, is a natural complement for a brown sofa, like our Steven. Our Janette chair adds a soft, natural touch, and extra seating.

 

 

5. Play with neutrals.

It’s easy to rely on neutrals to match up with a brown sofa, but they don’t have to be boring. Jazz up neutrals with textures and interesting patterns. Don’t be afraid to give a mish mash of styles to create interest! Faux fur, geometrical patterns, animal prints and skins, and matte mixed with patent finishes create a perfect mix.

 

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This loft setting asks for simple furniture that doesn’t take too much space. Mason and Amber complement each other well. Use fun, industrial themed accents and natural textures in various neutrals, and finish with a simple storage ottoman..

 

6. Integrate popular decor trends.

There are plenty of popular decor styles that work well with brown sofas, loveseats, and sectionals. Rustic and industrial styles are not only trending, but easy to update and make into a cozy home atmosphere. Combine with exposed metal and woodgrain, natural elements, and exposed brick or stone walls for full effect.

 

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Create a rustic setting easily with our Louis sectional and our rush barstools. Accent with faux fur and nature inspired pillows, a cozy patterned rug, antlers and branches.

 

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Recline in industrial chic style with the Fulton sofa and loveseat set. Exposed painted bricks provide texture, while gears, pipes, aged metals, and Victorian inspired steampunk elements bring the look together.

 

Whether in a loft or a traditional living room, this household staple has tons of potential for chic, cozy living.

 

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New Pastel Decor Ideas

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If you’re a fan of the Golden Girls like some of us here at AC Pacific, then the pastels of yesterday are well remembered. Some would prefer they stay in the past, along with the padded shoulders, feathered hair, and wicker living room sets.

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

 

Today, pastels are being blended with geometrical shapes and lines. Colorblocking is extremely popular, and can be blended with colored acrylics and matte finishes. The pastels themselves can vary from bright, candy colored hues to dusky, muted shades, all depending on one’s tastes, of course.

 

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Our Amber chair fits right in with the colorblocking action!

 

 Here we’ve complemented the colorblocking trend with the Amber chair, whose soft tones and dark legs work well with this trend. Floating cube shelves provide a minimalistic backdrop that doesn’t detract from the color scheme. A colorblocked rug against a light wood or polished concrete floor won’t overpower the room. Add pastel finished lighting fixtures, like two toned or “dipped” pendants or an industrial inspired floor lamp – coated in a pastel color, of course. Keep the shapes of the furniture soft and geometrical, and don’t be afraid to play with angled patterns and metallics.

If you’d like a colorful pastel wall to post behind white or gray furniture, try sectioning off parts with painter’s tape and painting with a variety of colors:

 

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Tape off and paint a custom pastel geo wall! Via remodelaholic.com

Either create an intricate pattern or a few color blocks for a simple yet bold statement:

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If you’re looking for a more whimsical approach to pastels, try some of the brighter hues of this versatile palette:

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Bright colors work with fuzzy textures and metallic finishes. Pair with bright renditions of classic painted florals and antique finished accent pieces!

 

Our soft, upholstered bed is perfect for this pastel bedroom. Moulded wall details add a special touch, as do embossed textures and mix and match textile patterns.

Whether you go all out or add pops of color here or there, this renewed color trend is sure to surprise and delight for many years. If you decorate with pastels, please be sure to show us your wonderful rooms!

 

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Spring 2015 Trend: Explore Curated Botanicals

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This is a trend that is sure to last longer than a flash in the pan. Curated Botanicals reminds us of carefully decoupaged artwork clipped from vintage entomology books as well as carefully drawn and watercolored artwork from the 1970s. The look is elegant, light, and appealing for all homes, with softer colors and a cultured feel.

tumblr_njbbpqfRcJ1u51fklo1_540Select light wood finishes and slight silhouettes to furniture frames so as to not bog down the ambiance of an eternal spring. Our 5 Piece Dining Set gives a great backdrop for vegetable printed plates, bowls, and table linens. Place sparse groupings of leaves and flowers in clear jars and vases for centerpieces or to decorate a countertop. Darker colors should be limited to singular pieces, like our Evelyn Chair. Offset these darker pieces with lighter backdrops, such as a gold hued floral wallpaper. Hang an antiqued wood or metal finish, but simple, chandelier over your table, or compliment the walls with vintage inspired sconces. Finish the look with a floral rug, or if things are looking too busy, a solid color rug with plenty of texture.

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As for colors, keep to dusky pastels reminiscent of soft, natural colors, paired with woody greens and browns with a hint of reds or blues. Elements should have a careful hand drawn precision to them. Avoid symmetrical patterns, as the elements must appear abstract in their arrangement; carefully but not ignoring Mother Nature’s handicraft.

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2015 Las Vegas Market Recap

We’re back from the Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center! There was plenty to do and see while there, including all of the upcoming trends and styles soon to be in stores! Here are some of our favorites from the show:

1. Metals

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We’re digging these metallic chandeliers at Viz Glass.

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These decorative gold hands at Noir could be interesting grouped together or hidden here and there in a bookcase.

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Coppers are still strong, as shown by this chandelier by Global Views.

 

2. Blues

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More beautiful color combinations using blue at Jaipur.

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Uber Chic Home’s industrial decor was paired with blue and white pattern dyed pillows.

 

3. Natural Textures & Elements

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Noir had on display some incredible natural elements on display.

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Jaipur’s natural textures display shows rugs, stools, and accent pillows.

 

4. Lucite & Resin

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This lucite and upholstery chair is a great example of the evolution of this amazing trend from simple silhouettes to expressive shapes.

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Made Goods’ resin encased wood nesting tables reflect a trend seen widespread at the show, where voids in reclaimed wood are filled with resin.

 

5. Crystal & Mirrored Accents

 

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The lighting section featured new designs for the traditional crystal beaded lamp.

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Michael Aram’s booth glittered with mirror finishes.

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Stunning mirrored accent at Global Views.

 

7. Curated Botanicals

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These onion plates and bowls by Abbiamo Tutto remind us of retro table settings, and will look great with classic updated decor.

 

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Old-time prints and etchings were also big at the show, like this art from the Karen Robertson Collections.

 

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We loved Accent Decor’s window display of botanicals and woodsy elements.

 

Compliment with Marlasa

Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala: a beautiful shade of red that is neither too bold nor too shy. It works as the perfect complimentary color for many AC Pacific furniture selections, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate this versatile hue into your existing decor with a few well placed accent pieces.

 

 

Create a pop of color using Marsala with rich repeat patterns, like a zig-zag or peacock rug, or filigree work pillow. Marsala provides majesty to various textures as well, including frosted or polished glass, dupioni, or soft, chunky knits. Finish off the look with aged golds, subtle oranges, and soft grays. Our favorite pieces to style with this scheme are our Carolyn accent armchair, the soft Lucas sofa with chaise, and our Presley collection in rich wood tones.

If you wish to go bold with Marsala, consider using it on an accent wall. The color can stand on its own, or can provide a contrasting backdrop to a gallery frames.

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Take it a step further, if you dare, by painting the whole room in Marsala and accenting with white wainscoting, window trim, and moulding.

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Our 480 Bedroom Set is perfect for a Marsala dominated bedroom. A light floor and intricate rug – with Marsala tints, of course – provide an elegant base for a bold solid wall. Use a light or neutral bedding set to offset the walls. Toss on a few Marsala tinted accent pillows to help tie in the color, or even opt for a bedding set incorporating hints of the color. Employ light colored, simple window coverings to help open up the room.

Marsala is sure to bring bold elegance to your home, no matter what your decor style may be. Happy decorating!