For several years the new trend has been to use lighter colors in our homes.
Beautiful! It's completely impractical for a mom of three boys, but pretty to look at. I resigned myself to keeping my dark brown leather sofas until my kids get much older or maybe even move out of the house. I can't tell you how many gross things I scrape and scrub off the leather daily. I can't tell you what those things are that I'm scraping off either because I honestly don't know. Eww!
This is how my family room used to look when we first bought the sofas.
I decorated like most people in my region, dark and ornate. Red curtains, ornate red and gold faux oriental rug, and gold walls may have been in style here (and still is), but it was never really my style. I immediately knew this wasn't for me and started changing things up right after Christmas with inexpensive things-curtains, pillows, the rug, and finally the paint.
Here it is today.
Decorating around dark furniture isn't easy. My first thought was to go cozy with reds and golds, but it was too stifling for me. Dark, ornate rooms are fine if that's your style and I've seen ones that work. But, if you long for a lighter room this is a way to do it without having to go out and buy all new furniture. I love how the paint lightens up the room and makes it feel fresh. I used to think the furniture was the problem, but it wasn't. I needed to balance the dark furniture with light walls and fabrics. The new white trimwork helps, too.
Here are other good examples of dark sofas paired with light walls and fabrics.
These rooms could not feel any lighter and fresher!