Choose drapery in complementary colors. Nothing will make your dark furniture bounce back to life than pairing it with complementary colors. Deep blues and purples sofas will pop against oranges and yellows, as proven by this sofa paired with yellow floral drapery.
Consider white walls. Don’t be afraid of white walls. The key is warming them up, and dark furniture does exactly that. Pull the white throughout the room through bedding and accessories, and vary the shade of the white for texture and additional warmth.
Or, paint your walls a bright shade. A lighter-colored sofa and ottomans wouldn’t have had nearly the dramatic impact against these apple-green walls and ceiling as these gray pieces do.
Get your lighting right. For obvious reasons, dark furniture can lead to a darker space in general. Therefore, be sure you have adequate ambient and task lighting throughout to brighten it appropriately. A mix of overhead lights and lamps is best.
Throw pillows are your best friend. Load them onto your sofa and you’ll forget all about its dark upholstery!
However, if the up-keep of a white rug leaves you cringing, find a colorful rug instead. This option adds the same brightness as a white rug, but will more easily hide stains and wear.
If your budget allows for a few new substantial pieces, consider purchasing complementary furniture in lighter colors. Noticehow well these black sofas play off of the white coffee table and dining roomtable to create a balanced look across the room.
Perhaps you can’t afford new furniture because your money is going into a renovation. In that case, keep in mind floors: lighter wood flooring sets a much more complementary stage to dark furniture.