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Ask Casa: Furnishings For My New Sofa

Hi Casa,
I read your post about your new favorite color — that slate color with the blue/purple undertones — and I have to say that I totally agree. In fact, I just moved to a new apartment and bought a couch from West Elm in that color. I love the couch! It's called light charcoal, but I saw the fabric in the store and it has wonderful blue undertones. Anyway, I bought the couch and don't know what else to do in my living area! I thought decorating it would be so much fun, but I don't know where to go with chairs and the coffee table. I want to make the space have a light feeling, so obviously I need to start incorporating some lighter pieces. Do you have any suggestions? I have tons of space, so size isn't too much of an issue.

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Hi Aflower,
Great question! I'm glad I'm not alone in my love for this color! While I think the blueish slate color looks great with dark elements, I know what you mean about wanting to keep your space light. I'm not sure what your aesthetic is or exactly which sofa you chose, so I'll do my best to help you.

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I think something like this West Elm Bridge Coffee Table ($299), which has a beautifully grained natural sungkai wood veneer, would look fantastic with a blueish gray and keep things light.

You can also lighten the room by choosing an upholstered chair or ottoman with a white pattern on it. For example, I think this Urban Outfitters Lulu Chair ($425) with its smokey background would look great with charcoal, but the white design really brightens things up. Head to your local fabric store to find a textile with a light or white pattern that works with your tastes and have a chair reupholstered in it.

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If you go with drapery with a bit of shimmer to them, like these West Elm Silk Dupioni Window Panels ($69-$109), you'll instantly lighten things up. Or, you can go nearly transparent with simple Sheer Linen Window Panels ($24-$44).

You should definitely also hang mirrors on your walls to reflect your natural light. As I've mentioned before, mirrors do a fantastic job of opening a room up. You can even try using mirrored furniture to really reflect light around the room!

Hope that helps!

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