Many of us actually already have a brown sofa but, judging by the popularity of one of our previous blog posts on the topic, it seems that deciding how to decorate around it can be a struggle sometimes.
It doesn’t need to be, so we hope today’s post will be the start of viewing your brown sofa in a different way. Some inspiration to get you thinking outside the box and so inspired that, if you don’t already have a brown sofa, you’ll want one!
Case in point, our Laramie sofa, which is styled in our showrooms with a Minnesota Casual look that leans more to the rustic side – much like the vendor image below.
But if you love the Laramie and that’s really not the look you’re going for, not to worry. There’s so much more you can do with it, or any other brown sofa!
So, to prove that point, we recently styled the Laramie 2 completely different ways. It was so much fun to see it completely transform just by changing the setting and accents.
Our first look gives the brown Laramie a fresh Farmhouse style.
LARAMIE FARMHOUSE LIVING ROOM
This sofa actually lends itself really well to the casual, approachable vibe of the Farmhouse look. It just needed a little lighter feel and some different design elements to move it in the right direction.
1. Lightening the look:
Tables: When considering which tables to use, I knew that the our white Aberdeen tables (link below) would be an instant room brightener. Set against the dark brown sofa, they instantly lighten the space and add graphic interest.
Pillows: Of course these are always an easy way to soften a brown sofa, and using pillows with lighter fabrics and a pop of yellow gives a fresh look.
Curtains: Soft, white sheers at the windows enhance the light and airy feel. A beautiful contrast against the rustic gray walls.
We went all out with texture in this space! Painted and natural woods, a variety of metals, plants, rope, natural fiber rug, sheers, books, glass, candles…
It really is one of the keys to keeping a mostly neutral space from falling flat.
Rather than using the matching Laramie chair, we opted for a lighter fabric upholstered chair just to show a different look, add a different texture, and mix things up a bit.
3. Pattern Play.
A fun pattern play in the pillows, a base rug layer that mixes instead of exactly matching, and a fun sari-inspired throw all add a casual playfulness to the space.
We loved the rustic gray wood wall in this room, and it looks great with the farmhouse style. Warm white walls work great as well, and would lighten the look even more.
So you can see how easy it would be to transform the Laramie, or any other brown sofa, with light and airy farmhouse touches. What’s your favorite part of farmhouse living room look?
The other look.
I mentioned that we styled our Laramie sofa two ways, and we think you’ll love the second look too! Read that entire post here.