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What Color Walls Go With A Tan Couch?

Tan is a popular color in furniture and comes in numerous shades to go with pretty much any design style. Warm and subtle, tan is an unassuming color that pairs well with almost any wall color. Finding the perfect wall color for your living room project can seem overwhelming. To make things simpler, we have composed an inclusive selection of wall colors that will suit your tan couch.

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Tan can be considered a pale brown or a darker shade of neutral. Either way that you choose to look at it, tan pairs well with endless other colors. There are also several shades of tan with slightly different undertones that will give your space slightly different looks. Some great wall color options to pair with a tan couch include:

  1. White
  2. Neutral
  3. Yellow
  4. Brown
  5. Blue
  6. Green
  7. Grey
  8. Black
  9. Greige
  10. Red
  11. Dark rust
  12. Natural brick

While choosing a wall color to go with your tan couch is important, it is likely only one of many questions that will arise during your decorating project. You may wonder how painting your room lighter or darker than your couch will look in your space. You may question if your furniture should match or how to dress your tan couch up. We will answer all of these questions and discuss other related topics. Just keep reading!

Interior of a stylish home decor with white modular sofas, rattan chairs and gray painted walls, What Color Walls Go With A Tan Couch?

1. White

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A crisp clean color that is the ultimate in light neutrals, white is a great color pairing for your tan couch. Because tan is a lighter color, white walls will create a subtly contrasting look as shown in the example above.

A luxurious modern inspired living room with a huge glass division and gray carpet

White walls can give your living room an airy and expansive feel. You can add a personalized touch of color by using accent pieces in any shade that appeals to you.

2. Neutral

Stylish narrow beige living room with a wooden laminated flooring and plants for diversity

Another light and adaptive color, neutral is more forgiving than the color white and is sure to pair well with your tan couch. Neutral is a slightly warmer and deeper shade than the color white.

Neutral paints can still give your room the same expansive and airy feel as white walls. A blue accent wall gives this room a splash of cool contrasting color in the example above. 

3. Yellow

Yellow colored living room with a beige sofa with tan and brown throw pillows

A sunny and bright shade that can warm up any space, yellow is an interesting and vibrant color companion to your tan couch. The vivid golden shade used in the example above makes the tan couch and flooring stand out perfectly. 

A deeper shade of chocolate brown and natural greenery accent this space for some deep contrasting colors. Specks of bright white are scattered throughout this yellow room to give it some definition and tone down the color of the walls a bit. 

4. Brown

Rustic and bohemian inspired living room with laminated flooring and brown walls

As you know, tan is a pale version of brown, which can add a cozy ambiance to your space. This makes shades of brown perfect pairings for your tan couches. 

Different shades of brown are used in the example above to give this space the perfect amount of toasty contrast. Small amounts of black are also used to give this living room some detail and depth.

5. Blue

Wooden and bohemian inspired living room with a blue accent wall

Blue is a cool primary color that can add just the right amount of color to your space. Tranquil and inviting, light shades of blue can give your tan couch a calming contrast. 

Use throw pillows such as those shown in the example above to bring your color scheme together. Warm shades of brown are used to add a balanced feel to your room.

6. Green

Elegant gold and wooden designed living room with gray sofas and plants for decoration

A cool jewel tone, green is a strong elegant color pairing for your tan couch. The deep shade of green used in the example above gives this simple tan couch some life and vibrance.

The live greenery used throughout this space adds some textured live color into this living room for a wild spin on this green and tan color scheme. Warm metallic gold is used in this color palette as a bright and lively accent color. 

7. Grey

Modern luxurious living room with a beige sectional sofa with a gray sofa, plants for liveliness and wooden laminated flooring

The perfect compromise between white and black, grey is an excellent choice to pair with your tan couch. Located on the opposite ends of the color spectrum, grey and tan balance each other well.

Warm natural colored wood floors bring a toasty contrast to a cool grey wall color. Accents of darker shades of brown add some depth to this color scheme. 

8. Black

For a more dramatic look, black is classic and dignified. A black wall will provide a contrast that will draw attention to your tan couch. 

Use other warm colors and elements to increase the dramatic effect. Any number of colors can be used to accent this color scheme and liven your palette. 

9. Greige

A beige foam sofa on a wooden oak sofa inside a gray painted living room

Another spin on the color grey, greige is the combination of grey and beige. This color is said to be making its debut as the next big color in home decor. 

The warm shades of brown bring out the grey tones, while the deep cool grey flooring highlights the brown tans in this greige wall. Deep chocolate brown shades give this space some detail and definition. 

10. Red

Gorgeous and classy red designed living room with laminated flooring

Red is a vibrant and brilliant color that is sure to bring life to any room in your home. A sharp contrast to the muted shade of tan, red creates an energetic ambiance.

Deep shades of bronze adorn the wall for a classic elegant look. The natural green plant adds some bright cool color and contrast to this serious color palette. 

11. Dark rust

A classy wooden accent chest with brown leather sofa with a red wall

A mixture of brown, orange, and red, rust is a beautiful rich color that pairs with tan for a gorgeous sophisticated color scheme. Darker shades of rust are warm and cozy and bring out the bright tones of the tan. 

The tan chair in the picture above matches almost exactly with the flooring and accent table for a bright contrasting look. Gold accents give this room a warm metallic glow and add some definition and detail to the space. 

12. Natural brick

A stylish bohemian inspired living room with modular beige sofas, brick walls and a huge window at a condominium

For a more urban look, consider the use of natural brick. Brick adds a warm earth tone and some texture to your space. 

Crisp white is used as a trim for sharp detail. The white trim makes the contrasts between your brick wall and tan couch more pronounced.

Should walls be lighter or darker than your couch?

For the most part, walls should be lighter than your couch. If a darker color is needed, try to minimize the contrast for a subtle look that is pleasing to the eyes. 

Lighter walls tend to make a room appear more expansive and open. Darker furniture colors allow your furniture to be the center of attention. 

Does painting one wall darker make a room look bigger?

An accent wall is a wall painted darker than the rest of your walls in a room. An accent wall can help your room look bigger by appearing to be farther in the background than it is. 

Using the same darker color to paint the trim will also make your wall appear higher. This will also make your room appear bigger.

Should furniture in the same room be the same color?

Matching all of your furniture in your room is a more traditional and conservative look. This is not, however, the only option in furniture. 

A more eclectic look can be achieved by using furniture that complements each other instead of matching. For a more daring look, using different colors and patterns can mix things up a bit.

How can you dress up your tan couch?

There are many options to dress up your tan couch. We have discussed several color options that pair well with a tan couch and can dress up your space along with your couch.

Different colors and patterns of throw pillows can be both decorative and functional. A warm comfy throw is another decorative piece that can be useful and dress up your couch. 

Final thoughts

Interior of a stylish home decor with white modular sofas, rattan chairs and gray painted walls

Your living room should be representative of you and your family's tastes and styles. While a tan couch may seem boring, it can be anything but when paired with the right wall colors. We hope that the above listing of color options to pair with your tan couch has been helpful in your project. 

Before you go, here are some other articles that may be of help to you:

15 Awesome Tan Living Room Ideas

What Color Couch Goes With Grey Floors? [A Complete Guide]

11 Inspiring Living Rooms With Mismatched Couches

Nathalie

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

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