Take One Mink Sofa - How To Be Creative Around This Colour

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called "Take One White Sofa" and discussed how to creatively introduce colour into your home by way of accessories. One of my readers responded to this post, "but what if you don't have a white sofa, what if it's shade of mink, what colours could be introduced?". I have created some Olio Boards and sourced some interiors using this colour either in furnishing or paintwork, to hopefully help with this dilemma.

Mink can be various shades from brown to grey with a slightly mauve or pink tinge so depending on your shade, from light to dark, this can greatly affect the colours that will work with it. Mink is considered a neutral, cool colour and works well with earthy neutrals, however, without introducing various textures and pattern this colour can appear flat.  A neutral interior can go from ordinary to fabulous by layering textures and patterns as can be seen in my mood board below. Different materials and textures can create a more interesting monochromatic interior.  An example of a fabulous neutral interior can be seen in another recent post sharing a fabulous Manhattan apartment.

So, your not a "neutral" kind of gal/guy and you want to introduce colour or warmth to your mink sofa, you might want to explore the use of other colours such as subtle shades of yellow, pale blue, pink, deep lilac or even lime green. Remember if you are introducing pink with blue undertones then your adding a cool pink, a warm pink will have peach/ blush undertones.

What are your thoughts on the second image below. The sofa is mink with grey/brown tones but the designer has introduced soft pastel colours and striking pattern into her design. A pale shade of Aqua blue is on the painted walls. The rug introduces strong pattern, however, it is softened by some of the more subtle shades in its design.

Image three is probably my favourite, the matching mink chairs work beautifully with the reflective glass coffee table. A soft blue/grey has been introduced by way of the cushions on the white sofa adjacent and a touch of gold can be seen to the right, overall the design has a formal but comfortable feeling.


As you can see by the images above, mink comes in many different tones and shades. However, If you have an item of furniture or walls in mink, I hope in some way I have been able to help. I think my personal choice  would be to take the neutral approach and go mad layering with textures as illustrated in my mood board above.

We hope you have had a great week, we had a burst of  Autumn sunshine again and Poppy and I have
been soaking it up on long walks along the beach.

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