How do I brighten my living room that has all brown furniture?

by Ken12329784
The living space is small. I have a brown sofa, chair, tables and fireplace. I was told gray walls would add a modern feel. I know its just paint, and could easily be changed, but I am fearful. Any suggestions would help. I am open to any ideas. Thank you graciously!!
  8 answers
  • Maggie Donohue Maggie Donohue on Apr 03, 2017

    My daughter painted her kitchen in gray but it looks a bit blue.I would use the palest gray if you are set on that colour

  • Joan Joan on Apr 03, 2017

    I would go with a beige since you have brown furniture. Gray can be a very depressing color especially in a large room.

  • Nancy Lee Hayward Nancy Lee Hayward on Apr 03, 2017

    If you really want it to pop use the palest golden beige n add accents in the room of a pretty yellow orange colors as in pictures pillows n Nick nacks it will make it pop n later you can change the accent to different colors as in red gold

    • Lindalovie55 Lindalovie55 on Apr 19, 2017

      sounds good I use a lot of bright coloured glassware,it does make a difference that pops of colour around a room,re-colour picture and mirror frames too.

  • Nancy Lee Hayward Nancy Lee Hayward on Apr 03, 2017

    Another idea is If you have a picture in that room n you love it pull the colors from it to do walls n accents

  • BabyBoomerSC BabyBoomerSC on Apr 03, 2017

    I'd recommend either Agreeable Gray (very light gray) or Accessible Beige (very light beige), both Sherwin Williams colors. I think either color would brighten your room and would look great as a background to the brown furniture.

    Home Depot can color match either of those colors and I'd suggest getting a sample bottle of each and try it out on your walls and look at it at different times of the day to see how you like it.

    Use colorful accent pillows on your couch to help anchor everything and don't forget about your mantle and any pictures you hang. LIght colored curtains will help brighten the room as well.

    • Lindsay Dillon Lindsay Dillon on Apr 10, 2017

      I have this same situation in my soon to be new living room, dark leather chairs and neutral. But warm colored neutral walls and very very tall clings with stained concrete floors,... the light changes the tones throughout the day but I've heard and read about the 2 colors above, and they are very agreeable, versatile colors for the background in a home.

  • Lau10275415 Lau10275415 on Apr 05, 2017

    How about using color instead of another drab tone. Lime green or soft blue both look great with brown. Accented with bright white accessories too!

  • Sage green would be good. in fact that has given me an idea for my living room!

  • Elaine Elaine on Apr 11, 2017

    Personally, I'd never put gray and brown together - depending on the undertones, gray can be a cold color (and yes, depressing too!) while brown is usually warmer in tone. I'd paint the walls a warm, creamy white/beige then add color with cushions and a throw. Gray isn't really a "modern color" - it's perhaps, referred to as "modern" only because it's been a trend for the past few years.

    However, trends are simply that! They come and go and ... quickly date a room! How many remember "Hunter Green" that was SO popular back in the late 80's/early 90's along with burgundy? Or how many remember the TV show, "Miami Vice" (with Don Johnson); the colors - peach and aqua (called "Seafoam" in those days) - were seen everywhere!

    I'd also stay away from a medium green because that hue can really "suck up" the light in a room. I can personally attest to that! My husband once painted some trim topping a half-wall a sage green (instead of painting it white like the baseboards) and I couldn't believe how it absorbed the light in that one little area of the room! A few days later, he redid the shelf in a creamy white; we were both surprised at the difference it made!

    There's plenty of ways to brighten a room ... I'm assuming your lampshades are a light color (??). Colored or dark-toned shades can really darken a room. If you have drapes, make sure the track or rod extends past the width of the window. It gives the illusion of a larger window and lets in more light. Then during the day, pull your drapes back as far as possible (but still covering the outer vertical frame).

    I don't like too many painted pieces of furniture in a room (again, because it's rather trendy) but I usually have one painted piece - for interest and contrast against the other wood furniture in the room. If you have an end table or little cupboard, etc. that's looking rather shabby, perhaps paint it a creamy white topped with an antiqued glaze on top. This can also brighten a room. You can buy very inexpensive chalk paint these days in those small bottles craft paint usually comes in. As for an "antique look", I have success with a bottle of cheap craft acrylic (Brown or Raw Umber) then painting it on here and there then wiping off with a rag.

    As I said, there are MANY decor tricks to brightening a room; I've only touched on a few. Good luck!