Changing the sofa seemed simple, but rarely is anything as simple as we first think. That yellow coffee table just didn’t resonate with the new sofa, so it had to change. Some of you suggested painting it red, orange, turquoise or white, all good ideas.
My first inclination was to go with one of the colors, but as I looked at the room, several things struck me. First, there is a lot of white trim. There is more contrast between the sofa and the wall color than previously. There is ample color in the accessories. With all this going on, I feared this relatively small room getting too chaotic.
The final decision: paint the table the same color as the wall. Looking at the table, you might think the color different from the walls. It does differ slightly, and this is why. The wall is a flat paint that absorbs light making it appear darker. The table is a satin gloss which reflects light making it appear shades lighter. When you are painting different surfaces with a different paint, this is something to remember. To come close to matching color, have gloss paints made darker by doubling or tripling the formula. For this paint, I also had black added for more depth. When adding black, however, do be careful because too much can muddy the color.
Look and you will see another change: the rug. While waiting for the paint on the table to dry, I kept looking at the purple rug and feeling that it no longer worked. The new one is from eSaleRugs, a wonderful internet resource. The multiple shades of green tie everything together as well as relate to the dining room rug which is a few feet from this space. The rug is slightly larger than 5×8 and was a great price, $148 including shipping. To my amazement, it arrived two days after the order was placed. How often does that happen!
All done, most everything is different. One thing that did stay the same is the art over the sofa. It is a piece by one of my talented daughters whose work is always our favorite. Look closely and you will see that it is a combination of painted and collaged surfaces, and the house shapes are suspended with tape measures. Such a clever presentation.
Well, that’s it. It’s amazing what a few changes can do to give a room a whole different look, and, in this case, make it a much more comfortable space.
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