Choosing a Wall Color to go With a Red Leather Couch

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A red leather couch can add modern or traditional look to your decor, depending on the style and color. With such a bold piece of furniture, it's best to plan the rest of the room so that it complements the couch, not competes with it. Which color you choose for the wall, floor and accents should be based on the hue of the couch. A warm red will work best with other warm colors and a cool red will need cool colors to make it stand out.

  • Consider the flooring. If you already have carpet or hardwood floors and don't plan on replacing them, you should purchase a red couch that works with the existing tones. A warm wood floor will work best with a warm red couch. Warm reds have an orange or yellow hue to them while cool reds have a blue or violet undertone.

  • Use a color wheel. You can buy a color wheel at any art store. The most complementary colors are the colors to the right and left and directly across from the color you choose. In the case of red, this would be red-orange, red-violet and green.

  • Gather paint samples. Many paints are divided by warm and cool, so you can select the ones that will best match the couch.

  • Try blues and greens for cool reds. Bright primary colors and tones will best highlight a cool red couch. Try aquamarine, pine green or teal. A royal blue or deep purple will also offset the red color.

  • Try yellow tones for a warm red couch. If your red couch has orange or yellow tones, you might select from a variety of warm orange or yellow paints. You can also look at blues and greens that have a warm or yellow undertone. Yellow-green, moss or taupe paints will work too.

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