“I love the pink sofa, but…
won’t you get tired of it? How will you use it in the future in a different room?”
Those are some of the questions people have asked me about the pretty pink sofa in my new home.
I wanted to provide some answers, and give you some ideas about how to update your look with one great piece, so here’s a short Q&A with my designer and RealJane.net Homestyle Editor Ken Blasingame.
Ken, why did you say “okay” when I mentioned I might want a pink sofa?
Jane, your former home had lots of color and you love color. But the walls in your new home were already a pleasing shade of white with a museum quality finish.
You are trying to stick to a budget and painting would have been a waste of money. The white also makes more sense for future resale. So we needed to look for ways to bring color to a sleek white palette.
But won’t I get tired of the pink sofa?
In my experience, people never tire of colors they truly love. In the White House private quarters that I helped First Lady Laura Bush with, the yellow sofa in the Yellow Oval Room was one of her favorite spots.
So if I move in the future, how in the world am I going to use a pink sofa in a different house?
If you move, I can see you making your next home your most colorful of all, Jane! It would be simple to put this pink sofa against a deep red or even a rich coral backdrop. I would encourage your readers to go ahead and pick a piece in a favorite color. Color is much easier to incorporate than some people fear.
How does the addition of just one piece completely update a look?
These days, no one wants a dated look, but you don’t have to buy all new furniture to update. The trick is to buy only pieces you love and then don’t be afraid to move them about throughout your home in order to freshen your look. The green credenza that sat in your bedroom in your previous home, for instance, is now on the wall facing the pink sofa in your new living room.
Then, when you add those one or two new pieces, like the “glamorous” tufted velvet pink sofa, everything old looks new. One important tip is to choose new pieces with a bold new look. The “glam” sofa updates everything.
Finally, you made this sofa deep enough to use decorative pillows, one trick that you use to keep a “fresh look”.
Yes, I prefer a deeper sofa because it allows you to completely change the look, with the simple addition of new pillows.
And I’m very excited about the ones I have found for you to put on this beautiful pink velvet sofa!
I can’t wait!
Great choice. Love love the pink sofa. I know you have dogs. What kind of rugs do you have? I have two dogs that shed badly and looking for any ideas.
My rugs are sisal and so far no problems!
Thanks so much for the rug suggestion. Also, I still have the Indulge magazine from 2010 that showcased your FW home. I enjoy looking at it from time to time for inspiration and ideas. Love all the colors. Your new home is just as amazing!!
THanks Melissa, can’t wait to post pics when the new home is done!
I love color and there is no reason to me to be “afraid” of it. Bright beautiful colors make me feel happy, joyful, warm, cozy, and peaceful. I adore your pink sofa and all of the other furniture pieces and decor.
Looking forward to seeing more and more of your home, Jane.
Thank you, from one color lover to another:)