Scheme to go with Dark Leather

Old 08-02-05, 06:00 PM
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Scheme to go with Dark Leather

Hello all, this is my first post so sorry if i sound like a decorating newb.

I recently purchased a sofa/loveseat combo in dark chocolate leather. I got dark wood coffee tables and end tables to match. They are kind of a dark brown w/ a merlot color mixed in. My dilemma is that before they are delivered I want to do new carpet and repaint. The room is 15 x 14 with a large window on one wall to provide lots of light. I mainly am not sure what colors of carpet and paint to get. Should I chose carpet to go with the furniture then base my paint decision off of that or vise versa? I was thinking of a california shag carpet with a sandy/off white color and brown speckles mixed throughout. For the walls i was considering a creme colored or light toupe. I thought it would kind of contrast the dark brown of the leather. I'm open for suggestions at this point b/c i'm running out of time (may lose the sale price of the carpet). I'm not sure how i could tie any color into the room so i was kind of going with the contemporary/modern scheme that seems popular right now of dark brown with light accents. I could also do that carpet but get a large area rug for some movement in the room. Thanks in advance for your suggestions/opinions. I've looked for the past few hours at different websites and my brain hurts
Old 08-03-05, 10:32 AM
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i go in the order of available selection. since paint comes in every color of the rainbow, pick that last. since you've already got your furniture & tables, that leaves carpet next. the creamy carpet with brown speckles sounds great. since the carpet is light and the furniture is dark, the walls need to be in between, so the taupe should work fine, if the tones work right with the chocolate leather & whatever colors the tables are (i'm not sure what color they are - "merlot"?) if in doubt, and if you want some more color, go with a pale color on the walls, like robin's egg blue or a light sagey green or a pale salmon, etc. also very trendy right now.

sounds like it'll be a great room!
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I second everything that Annette said! It's going to be a lovely room!

Have you done anything about window treatments yet? Can I make a suggestion? This may not be your taste at all, but in my own living room (where we purchased a large leather sectional in a darkish leather) I used wooden blinds on the windows that have a sort of tortoise-shell treatment, then hung draperies in front of them that can be pulled back & forth easily for more privacy & light-blockage when required. I used velvet curtains. I found that the leather and wood (like you're using) really needed to be balanced out, and this sort of window treatment really worked & complimented the furniture.

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