how the colour of your sofa can enlarge your room

Space is the ultimate luxury. I forget where I read that, but it's true. It doesn't matter how large your home is, it seems most of us are trying to create the feel of spaciousness within them. So today I'm going to show you how the colour of your sofa can make you room feel larger.

Lets' just consider the sofa for a moment - averaging 8 feet long, 40 inches deep, and 36" high, this space hog takes up over a hundred square feet in your room.  Crazy right? For that reason the sofa usually becomes the focal point of the room. But what if you would like something else to be the focal point - say, the fireplace?

How do you make the largest piece of furniture in the space unobtrusive?
Colour. Here's the top-secret trick - are you ready?!!!

 If there is a strong contrast between your sofa colour and your walls, the size of the sofa will be emphasized, and the space will seem smaller - BUT, if your sofa should blend into your walls or your floor it will visually disappear.

That doesn't mean they have to be the same colour, but similar VALUE (value = the darkness or lightness of a colour, a post on that is in the works :)

For example, here are two sides of the same room - the orange upholstery provides a huge contrast, while the leaf green blends in seamlessly to the peacock walls.

Let's look at a few high contrast spaces first so you can see how the sofa dominates the room.

In a few other spaces the floor grounds the sofa, and it becomes part of a larger whole....

Some examples of the sofa/wall colour combination.....isn't it amazing to see a red sofa settle so comfortably into a room?

Layering the walls, floor AND large pieces in the same tones creates a positively enormous room!

Especially when they are all done in white :)

There you go - one of my best tricks for creating a spacious living room, lovelies!
Would you try this in your own space? x am

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Abby M. Interiors said...

Awesome post! You're the best. :-) Where do you find such amazing images??

heather (love your space) said...

what a GREAT post! I've never thought about this in this way. And your photos illustrate your point beautifully.

Thanks for sharing, miss smarty.


lisaroy said...

I've always been a huge fan of low-contrast when it comes to sofas. And luckily I've had a white one (or my current linen shade) to blend with my pale beige walls in my last few homes. Sofas can be so bossy in a space and can totally take the eye away from all the other pretty bits in a room. I feel the same way about drapes - the more they blend with the walls, the better :)

Shabana Buwalda said...

this was heavenly! the peacock walls are to die for. we're re=doing our condo to get it ready for sale so I'm having to hold back on my personality. next house we buy is having peacock walls for sure!

Anonymous said...

This is sooo true and it was cool to see the theory brought to life with the photos!! xo

Samantha said...

Mmmmm, white sofas....

Yeah, I totally need my living room to look big.

Unknown said...

Very thoughtful post. You are right, it is definitely something to consider in the room. Of, course, I love the white, so not so much of any issue...

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous! Love that orange sofa. Have a beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous advice, really! I'm still trying to "work" with my green sofas and you've given me some ideas... thanks! Oh and I've got this linked to my sofas post as well today!

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Heather said...

I believe you mean 100 cubic feet... 100 square feet would be a mammoth sofa, perhaps with a footprint of 16x6 feet...

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