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« on: February 18, 2008 06:37:01 AM »

So I have these wonderfully soft and cushy dark brown leather sofas, I didn't pick these things I caved in because I get my way in every other aspect of decorating so I let the hubby have these without fussing. :p But the pillows that we have for them I absolutly LOATHE them, they are so ugly. I was wondering would a floral pillow to balance the manly-ness of the couch look alright? Not huge flowers but a small floral print. Or do you have any suggestions?

My living room is SO blank because we moved into a MUCH larger place and the artwork I use to have up looks silly on such HUGE walls Smiley

« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008 06:44:49 AM »

I just battled with this as well since we got leather sofas in January  Smiley

Here is what I did if it helps at all - just some log cabin sort of pillows with all sorts of prints:

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008 06:46:04 AM »

I was thinking maybe if you did something in black and white...  or maybe with just a touch of color, but not too much to look out of place on the couch.   I'm currently trying to figure out curtains for my space, so I know how difficult it can be to figure everything out.  Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008 06:52:25 AM »

What about a paisly, if you want to go for an upscale country club feel? Or a design that mixes floral and geometric elements, like something in the Arts & Crafts style? During that period leather and wood furnishings were mixed with floral design elements all the time. I'd stay away from pastel watercolor-looking floral designs and stick with something that is more stylized and hard-edged (outlined). Let me know if this doesn't make sense, and I'll try to clarify.

I saw several fabrics on the Amy Butler site in styles that would work with this couch, IMO.

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008 07:38:07 AM »

I think a delicate crocheted pillow would break the maculine effect. Something like these.

Nice, clean and very feminine

« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008 09:49:47 AM »

would a floral pillow to balance the manly-ness of the couch look alright? Not huge flowers but a small floral print.

I see huge flowers in strong colors, like a Georgia O'Keefe painting. Or Big Bold crochet or knit lace. The sofa's big -- IMHO you need something bold and womanly rather than dainty & feminine.

How about wrapping the existing pillows in thai silk?

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008 09:59:02 AM »

Hmmm this has me thinking... Smiley
And I'll defiantly be covering the old pillows just for the sake of not being wasteful Smiley

« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008 11:36:38 AM »

Instead of floral print, how's about a stripe pattern on pillows?  Go to your local fabric supplier and take a look at the interior decor section.  You will be pleasantly surprised to see prints other than the same old feminine florals and masculine geometrics.   
Good thing:  you can sew some covers for the existing pillows.

As for art:  Consider painting a square or rectangle above the sofa and hanging art within.
OR - construct a long rectangular box, mount on wall with stuff inside box, on top of box and art hanging above.

« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008 09:29:06 AM »

Okay, your dog is the cuteness.

Did you make a pillow decision?  I'm having a similar couch to wall art dilemma (about to move into a new place) and I'm always looking for ideas.

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2008 06:36:29 PM »

My living room is SO blank because we moved into a MUCH larger place and the artwork I use to have up looks silly on such HUGE walls
Group up all those small pieces close to each other in one of your big open spaces, reframe a few in the same type frame if they are too many different types, but variety is good if they have a theme or repeating element. I.e. a square brown wood frame with colorful print, next to a round brown wood frame with a photo, next to a gold square wood frame with a picture that has brown elements, etc Smiley
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2008 10:29:08 AM »

I have 2cents to chuck in to the pillow idea fountain.

Not knowing the context of your sofa, your taste for kitsch and preferred colors , it it kinda tough to give you opinions.  Not that I am deterred from  doing so!   Grin

Please keep us posted on how your room comes along and congratulations on the bigger pad!

Consider using some other shapes  - barrel , rectangle to break up the massiveness of sofa and existing pillows.
Maybe go for a moire or tone-on-tone solid.I keep thinking reds, purples, turquoises with the beautiful chocolate.

Different textures like silk, satin or velvet .

Perhaps  a more modern-type floral? Marimekko-ish?

I always like Chinese Indian and Thai, all of which should soften the look but add nice counterpoint to the modernisty pillows you have  as well as tying them to the more British Colonial sofa thing.
maybe someting animally , like an embroidered elephant or even faux-leopard  spots.

If you have a Chinatown area , I'd head there for pillow covers - nice vivid jaquards 9or fabrics to make yr own.
I love Pearl River in NY but you can shop online  or at least window shop.

Pier One has good bunches of "Asian" designs but I can't bear to  go in them  because of the overwhelming, toxic stench of scented candlles, potpourri and such.
Still, the website is safer!

Crate and Barrel has always had great stuff, great quality and often nicce markdowns:

Ditto Target.  Each store has different stock so it is worth hitting more than poone in your area if poss.
They usually have really good pillows, particularly in their 'World Bazaar" area. 

This place had really great stuff on the website - and inexpensive!!  http://www.worldmarket.com/

And finally: Ikea


Wow - i need to go do something about my sofa cushions too!

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2008 10:57:34 AM »

Flowers with massive dark leather could be VERY tricky.  Because the sofa is large you need to keep that in mind when selecting the pillow fabric, the fabric design needs to be large too.  Because this sofa is not traditional, you will need to stay away from realistic looking flowers.  A stylized flower might work that has interesting texture. 

For the LARGE empty walls.  Take a look at fabric as panels that might be stapled onto a large art canvas stretcher frame. 

This is a less expensive (and changeable) way to fill large wall spaces.  You could also fake a window by hanging a rod and drapes over a section of the wall.

Rather than trying to fill wall space with smaller pictures you may have, group them together into a planned grouping.

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