This weekend, we had a bit of a Furniturepalooza. I'm sorry that I just used the word "Furniturepalooza"---what's next, "staycation?"---but there you have it, that's what we had: we bought three pieces of furniture, two of them from Overstock.com, which really has a wealth of good furniture options actually, if you know what you're looking for, so much so in fact that I bit the bullet on Saturday and joined their special Club O or O Rewards or O My God, or whatever it's called, which was only $19.99 for the year and now I get 5% back on anything I buy, but what they don't know is that I still have a lot of stuff I want to buy for this house, which means I'm totally beating Overstock.com at their own game, because I'm basically going to be getting everything for free at the end of it since I will have bought so much in the first place.
I didn't take a breath when I was writing that sentence, can you tell?
Anyway, the piece of furniture we bought this weekend that didn't come from Overstock.com was a couch, which WHOA, BIG PURCHASE ALERT and all that, but trust me, we have been thinking about this couch for six months, ever since we first moved into this house and realized that our L-shaped sectional---seen here---was just not the right thing at all for the new living room, sorry, thanks for the memories, it's not you, it's us.
So I started doing the thing I love best: researching. I researched and I researched and I researched our next couch. I did couch research in areas of couch research that I'm pretty sure haven't even been invented yet. We wanted something modern, see, but also nothing too wacky. We wanted something with clean lines, but also something really comfortable. Basically, we wanted a riddle wrapped in an enigma covered in an easy-clean microfiber.
We found it, but then we kept looking. We found others, but they weren't quite right. We went back to the original one and then I talked myself out of it. We considered a couple more, and then we went back to the original. And then we sat on it for a while---not literally! Ha, see what I did there?---until I realized, on Saturday, that the store we wanted to buy it from was having a 20% off sale this weekend. Well, Internet: I don't know about you, but there's no motivator for me like 20% off. And so we welcomed our baby home.
This is The Ronaldo. (To clarify: that's what the store calls this model; we haven't started naming our furniture or anything. Although Ronaldo would be a rather debonair name if we were to start.) This isn't, however, our Ronaldo, because we are neither sadists nor masochists and would never in a million years buy a white couch. I'd love a white couch, don't get me wrong, and I'm sure your white couch is absolutely gorgeous, but you are looking at someone with a) two very fluffy cats and b) a not-so-steady hand with the pasta pomodoro, so a white couch would last approximately three seconds in this house before I had to douse it in Resolve and then set it on fire.
And so we have chosen two very sensible shades of gray---one lighter, one darker---and we cannot for the life of us decide which one to go with. Sensing our hesitancy---possibly it was the clumps of hair I'd left on the floor while I was tearing it out in indecision? Maybe the high-pitched wailing noise I make when I find myself under pressure?---the very kind saleslady told us she would write the order up today, so that we got the 20% discount, and we could have 24 hours to think about the color and call her back on Monday with a final decision.
And still we haven't made a final decision. Although I do have some super blurry iPhone shots!
So here, I'm putting it to you: my Ronaldo is in your hands. (That's what she said.) (I don't even know if that makes sense.) In one corner, we have the Geo Raven, which is dark and brooding and mysterious and has a cool herringbone pattern like this:
It would look good against the pale grey wall---which is the exact same color as we painted the kitchen, many examples here---and would go well with the dark inky blue/black accent wall behind the television. But with a dark brown TV stand and a dark brown coffee table, could the Geo Raven perhaps be too much?
In the other corner we have the Maverick Platinum---remind me of these fabric names if I'm ever writing a romance novel, I think they could come in useful---which feels much softer and more luxuuuuuuurious than the Geo Raven, velvety almost, but is also a lot lighter and would potentially hide fewer stains.
On the upside, it doesn't show the nap as much as the Geo Raven---when the material kind of looks like it has two colors when you run your fingers over it---and I get the feeling that seeing the nap all the time would drive me crazy after a while. On the downside, though, it might be too similar to the color of the wall behind it: too much gray on gray?
Here they are together so you can see them side by side:
Whew! This is exciting stuff, isn't it, looking at an Internet stranger's fabric samples? Try and get your pulse back to normal! At least just long enough to help me decide between Geo Raven and Maverick Platinum, anyway. Any thoughts? I know the thrill is unparalleled.
Edited to add: Thank you so much for all your help so far! However, there seems to be some confusion in the comments that the Geo Raven (the darker one) would be better than the Maverick Platinum (the lighter one) because you wouldn't see the nap so much. I must correct this misconception! The Geo Raven shows the nap more. I repeat: the Geo Raven shows the nap more! It was one of the things that put us off it, and thus turned us towards the lighter fabric, which is made of something.....different, and thus shows the nap less. I know it doesn't seem like it because you can see the hand print on the Maverick Platinum, but the Geo Raven shows the nap even more, just not in this sample. Wow, I cannot believe I have just written so many words about a couch.
Edited AGAIN, because yes, let's talk about my couch some MORE: The deed is done! We went with the Geo Raven! Honestly, I probably preferred the Maverick Platinum from an AESTHETIC point of view---pale grey is my favorite color, although if I'm not careful my house is soon going to start looking like a morgue or a prison , what with all the pale grey everywhere---but I had to put on my practical hat when it came to spending that much money on a couch, and the darker grey Geo Raven will certainly hold up a lot longer over time, which is probably worth a whole lot more at this stage in my life than the "No! NOBODY SIT ON THE COUCH! Drink your red wine over here by the window! Could you just watch the movie while standing in the doorway, please?" path we would have embarked on had we chosen the pale grey velvety material. Plus, now I don't have to worry about the couch being the exact same shade as the wall behind it and creating a weird monochromatic tableau of greyness like something from an Edward Gorey painting. Also we might just get an armchair in the pale grey instead and only let adults who are not holding food or beverages sit in it. But only if they sign a waiver first. Anyway, thank you so much for all your help!