How to Match Furniture Color with Walls

A colorful living room with contrasting furniture and walls.
What You'll Need
Color wheel
What You'll Need
Color wheel

Matching wall color to furniture color isn't as tricky as you might think, so don't get too stressed about color wheels and the complexity of competing patterns. Here are a few steps to make sure whichever room you're decorating looks stylish and put-together.

Step 1 - Assess Your Furniture

Take the piece of furniture you are working with, or your favorite component of a furniture set, and make that the starting point for the color scheme for the room. If the furniture has a solid color, use the color family to choose which color to paint the walls. Make sure you don't use exactly the same color as it will make your room look monotone and boring.

If your piece of furniture contains a pattern, choose the color family from the dominant contrasting color. Alternately, look for a color that is used sparingly and take your wall color from that family. This way, the furniture color is tied to the color of the walls nicely without being too obvious. You can purchase a color wheel or various color samples at any paint or DIY store.

Step 2 - Assess Your Room

You may have heard the old rule about decorating small rooms with light colors and larger rooms with dark colors. While you should probably stick to this, one accent wall of a single dark color can be very striking. If your furniture color is dark, decide whether you want to mimic that shade on your walls (again, it is best to keep it to one wall if your room is small) or go for more neutral shades so that the colors in your furniture contrast effectively. Don't forget to paint just a hidden section of a wall with your chosen color (or a few different ones if you're having trouble deciding) before you commit to painting it fully.

Sometimes, once the paint on the wall dries, it isn't quite what you were picturing and can also look different from the color swatch you picked up at the store. Do not be afraid to change your mind; you have to look at those walls every day.

Step 3 - Combine Colors (Optional)

If you have picked a color for your wall that complements your furniture but are worried that it might be too loud or too excessive for four walls, you can combine the color and a more muted tone of the same hue to make your walls and furniture coordinate.

Use the brighter color on just one wall as an accent, use it as a border, or try painting horizontal stripes. Use a T-square against the side of the wall to make sure your stripe is straight and mark out every couple of inches to make your line perfect before applying your tape and paint.

Step 4 - Additions

Once your walls are painted, start to stage your room with more furniture, soft furnishings, and even art that features the same color family. Don't be afraid to mix patterns and textures; it won't feel disjointed as the color palette will tie everything together nicely.