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He Needs To Maintain His Huge Black Couch, However I Hate It



Oh, Laurel,

Properly, I’m on my second marriage, and we’ve simply hit a adorning snag.


And may you guess? We simply had an enormous conflict over his massive black couch.


Properly, technically, it’s darkish brown, however the room is already so dim that it appears to be like like a black couch. I imply, what’s it with guys?

He stated he endured years of flowers and bows along with his first spouse, who handed away 5 years in the past. So, he determined to make the place much more masculine.

High quality, I’m with him on the not wanting flowers and blows. Nevertheless, he’s gone to the opposite excessive.

Plus, once we moved, the blokes struggled for a full hour to get the damned factor inside the home. Ultimately, they gave up, and to get it via the door; they needed to noticed off the legs. Then, a furnishings restore man came to visit to safe them again on.


“I’m sorry, Hun, however the black couch wants to remain put!”


That’s what he stated.

We’re truly in Maui now on our honeymoon. The truth is, our new house is getting painted as I’m scripting this. I’m simply hanging out on the lanai whereas he’s out enjoying a number of rounds of tennis to settle down. I suppose I want to relax, some too. I do love him.

However, I desire a mild, vibrant front room. So, what can we do to lighten it up?

Maintain on. I discovered a picture of the couch on the web–

at Wayfair.


It’s from a place known as “Hooker.” Is that basically the identify of a furnishings firm? lol

Oh, please, I hope you possibly can flip this right into a weblog put up.


Terri Smith-Slutsky



Hello Terri,

(Terry Smith-Slutsky is a fictitious character based mostly on many individuals I’ve labored with over time.)

Really, I quite like that couch. Positive, it’s massive and darkish, however that may be a stunning traditional Chesterfield Couch. I did one similar to that one for a shopper about ten years in the past.

LBI chesterfield-sofaAfter all, the room wants extra accessorizing, nevertheless it provides an concept. And sure, the couch isn’t black, however a deep mahogany coloration.


Nevertheless, after I first heard Terri say “husband’s massive black couch,” it conjured up YEARS of seeing one model or one other of this couch.


big black sofa


The Huge Black Couch or bachelor couch as I not-so-fondly referred to it. I can’t inform you what number of younger purchasers have had this couch, nevertheless it was lots of them.

In my preliminary interview with my potential purchasers, I’d at all times maintain my breath for a number of seconds ready to listen to:


“Can’t wait to eliminate this factor!”


And this one isn’t even the worst one I’ve seen.

That is the worst one.

And a few of these recliners are fairly terrible too.

However Terri’s husband’s (virtually) black couch is a traditional with a slight twist within the arm detailing.

The query is, nevertheless:


Are you able to loosen up a black couch?


Properly, you possibly can so long as you stability out that massive darkish mass.


And that implies that there should be different darkish issues.


A few of you would possibly keep in mind this stunning front room from a number of years in the past. It belongs to the stunning photographer, Tara Sharma. Generally, it’s best to do a deeper coloration on the wall as a result of the couch gained’t stand out as a lot.

She was nervous that she had made a horrible mistake when she first bought the couch. Nevertheless, I gave her a number of solutions that she included into her innate expertise for styling.

The issue is, too usually, folks simply plunk an enormous black couch that isn’t too thrilling in the midst of the room. There’s no stunning structure and normally no different black.


Black loves:


White (duh, black and white.)

Blue – Please take a look at one in all my favourite posts about black and blue collectively.

Gold or brass. Really, all metals.

And, black additionally loves a deep wealthy brown.

As well as, black loves accents of all colours.


So, there are two methods to deal with a room with an enormous black couch.


One is to maintain it impartial.

The opposite approach incorporates extra coloration.

That is how NOT to do a black leather-based couch.

bad decorating - big black sofa - purple rug
That is the house that I reconfigured within the fall of 2020.


Why isn’t it working? There are too many disparate components that aren’t working collectively cohesively. As an illustration, if there have been a smashing portray on that huge empty wall, that may assist quite a bit.

However, let’s have a look at what I believe does work and study from that.


Let’s start with a extra impartial area to see how that may look with a darkish or black couch.



The room might tackle a extra traditional up to date really feel with some conventional accents like this magnificence from Williams Sonoma House.

The partitions right here seem like grasscloth, but when painted, maybe a medium darkish shade like Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey would match the invoice. There are a number of deep neutrals within the Laurel House Paint Assortment of 144 colours that additionally comes with dozens of palettes and rather more.

Jayson Home black English roll arm sofa

Jayson House has some fantastic examples of black leather-based and cloth sofas. The above is from their predominant retailer in CHICAGO!  Uh-huh. I simply came upon when researching this. If I had identified, I’d’ve gone to test it out. By the way in which, when you missed the Chicago put up, please test it out right here.

There have been a number of posts the place Jayson House has been featured.

black contemporay sectional - Jayson HomeI discovered this traditional up to date and minimalist room on Jayson House’s Instagram.

via jaysonhome on instagram - from @ruemagazine - photo @jonnyvaliant - tufted black sofaThe vignette above exhibits an attractive traditional up to date room from Jayson House that includes a black couch.

Steve Cordony Black Chiars neutral palette living room Rosedale FarmWhereas this has two black chairs, Steve Cordony’s ever-changing double parlor is at all times a examine within the perfection of inside design.

Please comply with Steve on Instagram right here.


Victoria Hagan - black leather sofa
I’ve lengthy admired this good-looking room with a Chesterfield black leather-based couch by Victoria Hagan.


Nevertheless, Ralph Lauren is the king of the stylish black leather-based couch.


Please discover the Ralph Lauren House assortment right here.


Ralph Lauren Home black leather Chesterfield tufted sofa sold on 1st dibs

Above is a Ralph Lauren black couch that I discovered on 1st Dibs. Sadly, it’s now not accessible.

It’s ironic as a result of the above Ralph Lauren Vignette incorporates a good-looking black leather-based couch with Terri’s husband’s former flowery decor on the partitions. I’d by no means have thought to do that, however it’s a pretty instance of yin and yang.


black leather Chesterfield tufted sofa

I don’t know the place this Chesterfield comes from, however discover how the dramatic structure offers an attractive backdrop for this black leather-based couch.


Ralph Lauren Black and white living room - gold accents

This placing black and white Ralph Lauren room feels very elegant. The gold and hunky artwork with black frames spherical out the composition.

A designer to take a look at is Heidi Woodman, who superbly makes use of a number of black in her designs. Her stability of sunshine to darkish on this area is ideal.


Again to Ralph, however a extra colourful Ralph.


I normally affiliate Ralph Lauren with extra saturated tones.

Love this put up which options Steve Cordony’s beautiful styling for Ralph Lauren.


I do know that these areas are too messy for a few of you, however the concept is extra concerning the colours and heat of the area.


Ralph Lauren’s library in his Bedford, NY house.


I believe that every one of those areas might deal with a black leather-based couch superbly.


Immediately’s final concept is to take a room and see if including a black leather-based couch might work.


I needed a classical room that was pretty impartial. So, who higher than the grasp of subtle classicism than Furlow Gatewood?


Furlow Gatewood charming decor

Above is Mr. Gatewood’s mild, ethereal neoclassical front room. That ground!!!

So, I superimposed a black leather-based couch over the bench, after which I added some pillows.


 Gatewood add black sofa

What do you assume? It positively might work, particularly with some tweaks to the wall behind it. Is it the only option? For this room as it’s, no. I believe a settee in the color and style of the bench could be higher. Nevertheless, there’s additionally extra to the room than what we see. There ought to be different black furnishings within the room. So, I believe it’s doable to make it work.


It’s all concerning the stability.


And if there’s a hunky, dramatic black cloth or black leather-based couch, then that drama must be repeated in different room components.



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