Choosing a wall color to complement a sofa can be a difficult project, due to the huge variety of choices in paints currently. However, burgundy can go with a wide range of wall colors, depending on the look you’re going for. Take into account the location of your room and natural light in addition to the style of your sofa and the colors of your other furniture.
White, Cream and Beige
Light, warm-toned neutrals can offset a burgundy couch nicely, especially if the room does not have a lot of natural light. If your room is lacking windows, or is in a heavily shaded area, matching dark walls with burgundy upholstery could make the room feel smaller and dark. Try pairing cream walls with darker trim in a tone that will pick up the color of the sofa. The darker trim color can really help tie the look of the furniture and the walls together.
Gray, Tan and Dark Brown
Pairing deep colors with gray rather than white or black is a contemporary trend in both clothing and interior design. Gray walls with white trim can look fresh with a burgundy sofa. Make sure that you take a wide variety of gray paint chips from a store to ensure that you choose a tone that goes well with your sofa. While creams and whites can be relatively easy to choose from, grays can vary widely, and the correct pairing is essential. Tan walls can make a burgundy sofa look warm, and dark brown trim or accents can enliven a room.
Gold, Orange and Yellow
While many shy away from bright colors, gold, orange and yellow tones can beautifully complement burgundy shades in fabric. Choose tones that are closer to the base shade in the burgundy, so that you’re not choosing a warm orange to pair with a cool-toned burgundy. Paint chips and small sample jars of paint will provide you with an opportunity to look at the sofa and the wall color together under a variety of lighting conditions. White trim will offset the wall colors nicely.
Dark Brown, Navy and Green
Painting walls with deep colors can make a room look smaller; however, it can also give a classic, Old World feel when paired with a burgundy sofa and dark wood furniture. Painting your walls with these colors will give the room a cozy feeling, appropriate for northern climates. Keep in mind that it may take many coats of paint to completely cover the walls with deeper colors. Stained wood trim is a traditional accent for these wall colors.
Based in New York City, Virginia Watson has been writing and editing professionally since 2004. Her work has appeared in magazines including "The Roanoker Magazine," "Blue Ridge Country," "Pinnacle Living" and the award-winning "Virginia State Travel Guide." Watson holds a Master of Arts in philosophy of education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.