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Which Should I Do First: Home Wall Color or Furniture?

While there’s no inherently right or wrong way to answer this decorating question, we suggest that your pick your furniture before your wall color.

Why? For one, it’s much less expensive to change a paint color than it is to replace your furniture. If you choose furniture that you like but aren’t crazy about the wall color, it will only cost a few hundred dollars to change it whereas it costs thousands of dollars to replace furniture.

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It’s also easier to pick a paint color to goes your furniture than matching furniture to a specific paint color. You may not even want to “match” the colors of your walls and furniture; upon seeing your furniture in the room, you may want to go with a different wall color altogether.

For instance, you may have planned on painting your living room walls beige but have just picked out a blue sofa and loveseat. Beige walls do go with blue upholstery, but you realize that you would like to go with a cool color scheme and like the soothing effect of grey.

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If you’re renovating your home, however, the very first thing you’ll want to determine is your flooring as this can be your most expensive investment. Also, you may find that your flooring has a particular color/undertone that you want to match or contrast with your walls and furniture.

After this decision is made, you can then take a sample of your floor and other helpful swatches with you while furniture shopping to help guide your purchasing decisions.

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Do you think you should choose your wall color or furniture first? Let us know in the comments and tell us why!

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