living room with orange couch and coordinating pillows
Courtesy of Southern Living

Matching Mistake

Use matching, but not identical, fabric on furniture. Make decisions simply by using only the hues from your starring fabric for the rest of the upholstery.

Here, the sofa wears a deep coral and the armchair a light cream. A large check in the same tones adds understated pattern to the sofa.

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