So, where to start?
Although I don't think there's a real right or wrong answer, here's my best advice. . .
Don't pick your paint color first. I'm always surprised when I hear someone say they're going to paint their living room avocado green, but they haven't picked anything else. To me, paint color should be the complement to everything else (the perfect backdrop), and I try to always choose it last.
Work from the ground up. Haven't got a clue what colors or patterns you want to bring into your room? I would start with the area rug. (And, yes, I would use one even if the room had carpeting.) The rug will be the foundation of the space and can give you a good selection of colors to pull from. Find something that appeals to you, and don't be afraid of pattern. Having a patterned rug doesn't mean everything else in your room has to be solid, just as long as you do it in the right doses.
Suzie via DecorPad
Go with no-fail neutrals. While bold pattern on a sofa is lots of fun, I realize this post is not necessarily for those who are most decisive. So, if you were my client, I would encourage you to go neutral on the bigger pieces. An off-white or tan sofa is a really safe option and can work a hundred different ways. And, since upholstery will probably be one of your biggest investments, it's a smart move to go with a sofa in a classic color and style that will stand the test of time.
Emily A. Clark
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