In a time where light and bright spaces are the most trending of home decor styles, it can feel a little defeating having to decorate around a brown sofa. The reality is, what’s trending doesn’t matter as much as what you like and what’s functional for your home. Brown sofas are really popular they are refined, classic, and family-friendly. Have you ever tried to wipe chocolate milk off a white sofa? How about a brown leather sofa? Yeah, brown leather is the real MVP of family-friendly furniture. Brown is also one of the most neutral shades for sofas, right behind gray, so brown sofas work in a lot of spaces. If you are struggling to decorate with a brown sofa then read on and learn some brown sofa living room ideas and how to make brown couches work for you in your home.
- How to Decorate a Dark Brown Sofa in a Living Room
How to Decorate a Dark Brown Sofa in a Living Room
Here’s the deal, when decorating a space that has a brown couch as a focal point, you have to balance the heaviness of the brown furniture. You can balance the furniture with different shades of paint, window treatments, accessories, rugs, and even pillows. Consider this, if you have a dark chocolate brown sofa, dark moody walls, and then layer on darker accents like a rug – your space will feel dark. That is not always a bad thing. If you are looking for a moody and warm space, then that may work for you.
However, if you are looking to lighten up your room without swapping your sofa, there are things you can do to make your space feel brighter. You can add elements to counterbalance the darkness of a brown sofa. Accents such as throw pillows, coffee tables, side tables, and drapes can all help bring a feeling of lightness to your space. This will bring the focus to the textures and the warmth of your space so that your dark brown sofa doesn’t feel so heavy in the room. In this post, we’ll answer the following questions: What colors go best with a brown sofa? How do you brighten up brown furniture? What colors look good on a brown couch? How do I style a room with a brown leather couch?
Let’s just dive in and talk about some ways you can decorate your brown sofa.
Consider The Placement of Your Brown Couch
One overlooked thing when designing interiors is the simple idea that furniture placement matters. I know I’ve done this when moving to a new house, I allow the movers to move my furniture in the way they think it makes the most sense. Oftentimes, a simple furniture rearrangement can help your space feel more balanced. In the image above you can see the brightest spot in this room is through that big bright window. It perfectly balances the brown sofa and dark rug. If your window coverings are completely blocking the light that is trying to beam through, consider removing the blinds or opening the curtains and letting the light shine in. It might be just enough to make your brown couch feel a little less overpowering.
Create Balance with Color and Your Brown Sofa Living Room
I always encourage homeowners (and renters, I see you) to consider their whole house color palette. We discussed a little above how creating a balance with hues can make a space feel more put together. I do think wall colors matter to a degree when it comes to creating a balance. In the space above, the light walls create a crisp yet warm backdrop. Additionally, when you look around the room, there is a nice balance between warm colors and cool colors. The warmth comes from the cream, brown, and gold accents and the gray chair and drape add a touch of coolness.
Decorating around a brown sofa can be challenging but one simple way to tackle that is to simply use as many light accents as you can.
Soften Brown Leather Couches With Pillows and Throws
Brown leather couches are really such a classic piece of furniture. It’s not just their aesthetic that keeps them in style, I think it’s also the comfort. Leather is a sophisticated-looking fabric and I think that can turn off some people but I really love it. I think brown leather sofas are great for family homes and can be used in a variety of spaces.
It’s true that a dark brown leather sofa can appear stiff or unwelcoming but with a few accents, I think you can make a brown leather couch feel very inviting. How do you do it? Layers! Layers and layers of pillows and throw blankets provide a welcoming coziness that tells your guests they are welcome to come and have a sit.
What Type of Throw Pillows For Brown Leather Couches?
Unlike regular upholstery, I usually recommend pillows with a lot of texture for a leather couch. You can really go with any color combination you wish but I really have a love for neutrals or warm earth tones on leather. Colors like tan, sand, beige, and even copper look great as calming, warm accents to soften brown leather couches.
What Colors Go With a Brown Couch?
After digesting all of that information, I’m sure the next question is what accent colors go with a brown couch anyway? That’s a great question that doesn’t have one solid answer. Instead of telling you what color I believe you to pair with your dark brown couch. I’m going to provide you with inspiration so that you can see which of these creates the mood you’re looking for.
First, let me show you what goes colors go with a brown leather sofa because this really works. I will forever and forever love white walls. White walls create a fresh backdrop and really make a room feel spacious and inviting. If you can imagine how bland this space above might be without those pretty pops of blue, you realize that sometimes warm tones on warm tones aren’t the right answer. I love that white the dark brown sofa is large in this space, it doesn’t feel dominating. We still notice the feature wall, the pretty blue and aqua accents, and even the wooden furniture! All of this works really well to create an inviting living room space.
Consider pops of color like aqua, orange, or yellow to bring the space together.
Now, let’s explore tone on tone ideas for a brown leather sofa. This farmhouse meets vintage vibes is giving ultimate coziness, is it not? You can easily soften brown leather couches by using creamy beige, whites, and browns.
Tone on tone with warmer hues like beige, tan, copper, and gold.
Now, if both of those options I’ve mentioned are still not enough color for you then let me introduce you to two bold colors that work really well with brown sofas. Meet mustard yellow and tangerine orange. You of course don’t have to use them both but they work really well together in this space above. Add in some white accents and you have a very nicely balanced living room.
Bold punches of color like mustard yellow and tangerine orange complement dark brown couches very nicely.
Maybe it’s not the decorative accents that bring the color to the space but an accent wall instead. Yes, please! I love the depth that the blue walls, brown sofa, and white accents achieve here. The dark chocolate brown sofa is as dark as you could imagine but the space still feels so very light and bright. The brown sofa feels less heavy with the addition of a textured rug and neutral accent pillows.
Soft and soothing wall colors can add depth and elegance to the room.
Try Using Color and Pattern With Your Brown Sofa Living Room
This is probably one of my favorite spaces on the internet right now. It boasts a brown velvet couch, and a ton of pattern, color, and texture. Many of us would never even try to attempt such a thing for fear of totally screwing it up but this works. You, too, can bring visual interest to your space with color and patterns. The combination of color and pattern truly does draw your eye around the room to take it all in. This space is so beautiful – you can’t help but be drawn to all of the patterns that are both simple and elaborate. The navy and white striped rug and the ikat ottomans are absolute stunners in this space. They both work SO well with the brown sofa. I think the best part about this space is that it doesn’t feel like there is one focal point. The sofa even feels more like an accent than it is the main piece.
Use pattern, color, and texture to create a feast for the eyes when decorating a living room with a brown sofa.
Here’s another living room with a brown couch that uses layers, pattern, and accent colors to create a lot of visual interest. What is working well for this space is the layered rugs. A larger textured rug with a bold black and white striped rug on top. Also the blue throw pillows create beautiful contrast on the dark brown couch. They also play so nicely with the blue and white wall art behind the couch. This is such a well rounded space that feels so inviting and warm. All of these elements work well together to make the space really welcoming.
If you’ve struggled with how to decorate a dark brown sofa in a living room then I truly hope today you feel a little more confident to tackle your space. These examples show you that decorating with a brown couch can feel however you want it to with a little bit of intentional effort. You can achieve a well-balanced, light, and bright space by simply using the right decor, artwork, and layers. If you find these tips helpful, please let us know by leaving a comment below!