With its pale yellow undertones, cream lightens up a seating area and works well with both warm and cool color palettes. While a cream-colored couch can be a pain to keep clean, adding accessories like throw blankets or pillows can break up its middle-of-the-road look and add some vitality to the room. Use the cream couch as a backdrop to allow other more vibrant hues stand out against this pale hue.
Pick a color scheme with two or three colors. Even if you want to have a monotone theme, choose several shades of white and cream to create some interest in your decor. Colors like ochre, mauve or sienna create a warm and cozy theme, while silver, black and royal purple have cool overtones. .
Consider various decorating styles that work with your chosen color scheme and your style of sofa. A cream couch made in a sleek design with angular cushions and simple upholstery looks good for modern decor. Give a room a vintage look like Jennifer Eggleston did in County Living's "Simple Home Style," combining her pale sofa with vintage prints and striped pillows. A romantic style can be achieved through traditional-style furniture with a dark rose, cream and taupe color scheme.
Pick accessories that pop in both color and pattern. Turn your cream couch into a backdrop for showy pieces like bright purple throw pillows, a nubby, patterned rug or textured abstract figurines. Keep the accessories within your color scheme, but place them near your cream couch for the greatest contrast.
Make a dark color scheme look lighter by adding light with floor lamps, wall lighting fixtures or overhead chandeliers. Use lamps or fixtures with a cream-toned base to tie it in with the sofa. If you have windows, let it as much natural light as possible by using lightweight drapes made out of linen, cotton or tulle. Let the cream couch, the curtains and lighting work as the accent hue for the brighter or bolder hues in your color palette.
Use reflective pieces such as a mirror, chrome vase or metallic set of bowls to add shine and bring balance to your room. Cream paired with darker colors such as navy or forest green can make a room look overwhelming and oppressive. Combining a couple of glittering accessories with a cream couch along with a few cream-colored accents will tie a room together, making it look purposefully decorated.
Cover up your cream couch partially with a contrasting throw blanket. Spread a blanket out over the back of the sofa in a textured fabric and bold color to help protect the sofa from getting soiled from use and to add a hint of color. Use multiple small pillows to help protect against wear and tear on the seat cushions.
Tips & Warnings
- Nature items like pine cones, dried flowers, stones and driftwood provide a stimulating visual and tactile texture that blend well with cream hues. Arrange these pieces around the couch for the best effect.
- Country Living; Decorating Ideas for a Living Room
- Country Living; Simple Home Style; Sara Bliss
- Southern Living: Getting the Right White Can Be Tricky
- "Victoria Decorating With a Personal Touch" Alison Wormleighton; 2006
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