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How to

Decorate a Leather Couch

How to Decorate a Leather Couch

The rich colors and soft feel of leather furniture adds depth and beauty to any room. When you use a sofa as a foundation piece, it instantly changes the whole look of a room without repainting or installing new floors. The dark tones of a brown or black leather sofa is considered neutral, and matches with practically anything. We at Pottery Barn are happy to share how you can easily create a bold, new look with your leather furniture by swapping out individual pieces like rugs, throw pillows, blankets and curtains.

How to Decorate a Leather Couch with Pillows

One of the easiest ways to decorate your leather sofa is to pick up some decorative pillows that match the rest of the decor in your room. Choose boldly patterned pillows or opt for solid color pillows to draw out a specific color in a painting or rug. You can also mix and match patterned and solid hued pillows in complementary colors. Pillows are great because they enhance the appearance of a room, while making you and your family more comfortable. If you’re feeling bold, try adding pillows with edgy textures and patterns, like you find on outdoor pillows, to really draw out unique design elements in your room.

Decorating Your Leather Sofa with Blankets

Decorate with warmth by spreading a soft throw blanket over the arm or back of your leather sofa. Make sure the colors of the throw coordinate with the colors in your throw pillows. If your family members enjoy naps, spread a full-sized blanket or comforter over the back of the sofa for a casually convenient touch of color. When anyone wants to snooze for a bit, it’s so easy to grab a plush bed pillow and snuggle in for a cozy nap. If you have a sleeper sofa, you’ll always have a cover handy. Other decor in your room, like art sculptures, paintings and vases filled with flowers, are also great for drawing together a complete look.

What Goes with Leather Furniture?

One of the many nice things about decorating your home with leather furniture is that they come in different colors and textures. It pairs up beautifully with almost any set of colors and styles. Add white leather pieces to a room with light walls and window dressings to create a delicately polished look. To bring in the beach, keep the white leather sofa and pair it with turquoise walls, sand-colored rugs and driftwood or shell art. For a room with industrial decor, choose tables with chunky metal legs and heavy wall clocks.

Leather Decorating Ideas for Darker Rooms

Leather seating works in darker rooms as well. Even if the furniture is a dark shade of brown or black, take advantage of its reflective, lustrous nature. Position the leather pieces to catch the light from the window, overhead lighting or even a mirror on the wall. Add gold or silver trays for organizing small items or light-colored art work in metal frames to add brightness around the room. Some other decor pieces that look great with dark leather furniture include glass topped coffee tables with floral centerpieces or geometric sculptures.