Client Project: Working With A Red Sofa

In this post, I’m sharing a design project that I’m working on for one of my clients.  It involves a dining/living space, red sofas and gray paint.

As you can see in this BEFORE picture {above}, the space desperately needed some character and coziness.  The homeowner loves her red sofa and love seat, but she wasn’t sure how to decorate around them.

Here is my computer rendering of the AFTER space.  The first thing we did was paint using a pewter gray {Anew Gray from Sherwin-Williams}, which is actually a warm gray so it, along with a shag area rug, added instant coziness.  The black and silver frames above the sofa will hold family photos.  I also added elements that would provide texture and a few accent colors.

The renderings include a few “place holders,” but I’ll show you the actual pieces in separate photos — for instance, pictured above is the actual sofa lamp/end table combo.  The lamp is from; table from}


The space really needed additional lighting, so I worked a few extra lamps into the design.  The homeowner also wanted a scenario with extra seating, so I presented her with an Option B, pictured below:

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Pictured above is the BEFORE dining area, which opens to the living space.  Below are the AFTER renderings:

{This is the actual host/hostess chair from}

My client already owned a terrific piece of art that provided a pop of red to the dining space.  An arrangement of dinner plates adds interest to the opposite wall.

Here are the actual window treatments {below} that will be used in both the dining and living area:

The space is coming along beautifully!  We’re in the process of purchasing all of the items and waiting for everything to arrive.  I should have photos of the completed space to show you soon!

If you need design help, I’d love to work with you {and it doesn’t matter where you live}!  Contact me at

6 thoughts on “Client Project: Working With A Red Sofa

  1. I recently had a client in love with her two red loveseats so we absolutely had to design the family room around them. using black, gold and warm woods along with some wonderful fabrics for pillows and bar stools we turned a mish mash of a room into something livable and in tune with the client even with the red sofas. You appear to be doing the same thing and I love the dining room choices. Looking forward to the final photos.

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