After enjoying the ‘wide open spaces’ in this nearly empty living room for a couple months, our client decided it was time to purchase furniture.

The carpet is new, the paint is fresh and the foyer now includes some wood flooring.

The front door had been painted a deep red color last spring (background in photo).  Our client loved it!  She decided to incorporate some red into her living room furniture choices.  She would select a sofa and upholstered chair, based on style and comfort.


We met at a local furniture store where she had already shopped and made some preliminary selections.  She was looking for a transitional style with clean lines and comfort.  We had given size guidelines — furniture pieces always appear smaller in the store than they will in a living room.

This sofa was what she had selected — an excellent choice.  The fabric has a soft corduroy-type texture which suits the straight lines of the piece well.

Because we had made neutral choices for the carpet and wall color, the fabric color as shown seemed too monochromatic.  She stated, “I don’t want an all-brown house!”

We spent quite a bit of time at the swatch wall of the store, narrowing down the fabric possibilities.  In the end, she checked out 9 fabric swatches:  3 sofa colors, 3 accent pillow patterns and 3 accent chair colors.  After bringing these home and displaying them in her living room for a couple days, we met again at her home to finalize choices.


This color combination won out over the others.  The idea of a deep red sofa appealed to her with the adjacent pattern for accent pillows.  The accent chair will be upholstered in chocolate brown.

Seeing the fabric swatches in her own home over a period of days helped cement her preferences.  We affirmed her choices.  At this point there wasn’t a right or wrong decision, merely color preferences.

She is confident that she will enjoy her furniture for years to come.  We are glad to help in the process.