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CatsGoPurrrr Mon 10-Apr-17 09:57:49

Good morning!

I've lived at my home for 10 years and, apart from when we first moved in, haven't decorated, mainly due to finances.

I've finally bit the bullet and decided the house needs 'doing'. Have done DD room and it looks lovely! Next room is the living room.

I've decided on the Ikea Ektorp sofa in Norvalla Grey, and am struggling with what colour to paint the walls.

I'm also getting new furniture so it's all up in the air.

The room faces West and gets full sun from around 2pm.

I was thinking of Goose Down from dulux. Or a sagey green, but I'm not sure.

Could someone offer some advice? It's been years since I've done this.


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Eclecticmama Mon 10-Apr-17 23:08:26

Following as we've a grey sofa and fairly bland living room...

CotedePablo Tue 11-Apr-17 11:12:48

Grey Ikea sofas here (not same range but I think same colour) and we've gone for lilac/heather tones in wallpaper, soft furnishings, etc, but have kept the curtains grey. Looks fab!

slinkysaluki Tue 11-Apr-17 21:54:14

I have the same sofas and have used Crown mustard jar and antique White. I have orla keily and assorted cushions with a black and off white chevron rug and Scandinavian style floor lamp.

PrimalLass Tue 11-Apr-17 22:00:35

Have you sat on the Ektorp? The seat is very short.

abbey44 Tue 11-Apr-17 22:04:12

I've got grey sofas, with duck-egg blue walls, duck-egg blue check roman blinds and am debating whether to use yellow or a heathery colour as the accent.

alabasterangel Tue 11-Apr-17 22:09:21

Ditto the above. I've got a grey ikea ektorp sofa. I've got a Laura Ashley duck egg wallpaper on two walls, Roman blinds in the same fabric on the windows, but then a cream rug in herringbone flooring, a cushions are a mix of duck egg, orla kiely cream on grey stems, a mustard pleated silk.

My seats are not short?! I'm a portly size 16 5ft 6 and I'm curled up on mine now with loads of space as is rugby playing massive DH!

alabasterangel Tue 11-Apr-17 22:09:47

Typing awful, sorry

MilesHuntsWig Tue 11-Apr-17 22:12:16

Lilac/light heathery colour or pale/duck egg blue I think (splash of turquoise with the latter if you're feeling brace)

MilesHuntsWig Tue 11-Apr-17 22:12:29

*brave even!

zen1 Tue 11-Apr-17 22:20:22

Also have a grey sofa (and a house that hasn't been decorated for 10yrs!). I like the 70s vibe, so have accessorised with orange and grey geometric cushions and intend to paint walls grey with orange paint on the chimney breast (most people don't like my tastes though grin)

PrimalLass Tue 11-Apr-17 22:25:02

The seats felt short to us. Well worth sitting on them for a while in the shop. We would have bought them otherwise. OH is 6'4 with very long legs and the seat stopped too far up his legs - I'm only 5'5 but felt uncomfy. Our sofa seats are 5cm deeper, which seems to make enough difference.

pickachuselectricattack Tue 11-Apr-17 22:29:15

I've got a massive grey corner sofa (it's truly my favourite thing I have ever owned) and I have a pink and grey theme with biggest walls painted pale pink, and a silver grey and white wallpapered chimney breast. Plus loads of pink cushions.

It's an entire girls house, me, partner and 2 DD's and it is very 'pink'

slinkysaluki Thu 13-Apr-17 09:34:27

We are all 6ft plus in our house and have no problems with the seat width.

Scribblegirl Thu 13-Apr-17 09:37:16

Here's our living room. We went for a DFS corner sofa and then a forest green accent wall. Still haven't got around to hanging the picture yet...

Deux Thu 13-Apr-17 09:41:12

I love the forest green. Would you share the brand/paint colour?

PrimalLass Fri 14-Apr-17 07:11:02

slinkysaluki That's why I keep saying the OP needs to go and sit on the sofa for a while. It wouldn't have worked for my DP but as Ikea sell so many then other people obviously think it is comfy. My mum has the leather one and agrees (my two 6ft+ brothers are still at home).

PrimalLass Fri 14-Apr-17 07:11:34

I really wanted them so it was annoying.

ShoeJunkie Fri 14-Apr-17 07:14:33

We've got Dulux Perfectly Taupe on the walls and accents of gold, lilac and purple on cushions, lampshades etc.

trinitybleu Fri 14-Apr-17 07:21:46

6 foot 6 OH sat on Ektorps for 13 years without issue, but different people like different things :-)

Love your cushions slinky

bugattiveyron Fri 14-Apr-17 07:22:27

Yellow, teal, pink, green would all work.

slinkysaluki Fri 14-Apr-17 07:33:36

Primal. Yes my husband did go to ikea and sit on the sofa to check it out as I'd heard they were narrow so yes good idea to check first.

Trinity. Thanks the Orla Kiely ones are from. eBay and the others just random buys that have caught my eye. It's a bit of a joke in my house that i have a cushion fetish !

n0ne Fri 14-Apr-17 08:17:07

Nearly everything goes with grey but I particularly like mustard yellow with it.

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