Did you just buy a leather sofa? Wondering how to make it look good in your home? Read on to learn how to style a leather sofa.
You’ve made your decision and the in the ultimate showdown between fabric and leather, leather won. Now you have this beautiful leather couch, and you need to style it.
You can’t just throw a leather couch in your house and call it a day. You need to style the rest of your decor, so it blends beautifully.
Use these tips to style your leather sofa like a pro.
Pair With Fabric
Smooth upholstered leather is beautiful, but not exactly cozy. So you need to turn your leather sofa from timeless elegance to someplace you want to curl up and snuggle on. You can do this by accenting the couch with fabric.
Start by placing a plush rug on the floor under the couch. Look for a rug that is thicker, something you can sink your toes into.
Another option is to embrace the leather and accent it with animal hides. You can place two or three cowhides on the floor in place of a rug. Or you could choose a bearskin rug.
Pillows and Blankets
Next accent your couch with pillows and a throw. Don’t be afraid to mix different fabric colors and textures together. Try to stick with cozier fabrics like velvet, fleece, flannel, or even faux fur.
These will bring some warmth to the room and create a couch that people want to sit on.
If these fabrics are too cozy and you want to keep things lighter, try wool, cotton, or linen. These fabrics can be soft but still have texture to them.
Embrace Some Greenery
Adding a few plants to the room can add a splash of natural color. But they can benefit you in so many more ways.
They can reduce your stress levels, boost your mood, and increase your productivity and concentration by 15%.
Choose plants that fit your lifestyle. If you struggle to keep plants alive, then it is better to choose a cactus or succulent. If you are a plant pro, then choose a leafy or flowering plant.
A fiddle-leaf fig tree is easy to care for and great for adding height to the room. Place one in the corner near a window.
A kentia palm will add a touch of tropical to the room. They need some space, so they work best in rooms that are bigger.
If you want flowers, then consider a eucharist lily. It has dark rich green leaves and large white delicate flowers.
Combine With Sleek Chairs
If you have enough space, then pair your couch with a set of sleek chairs. They could be leather too but in a slim, modern styling.
These Modern Onion chairs will add a touch of modern minimalism to your decor. You could tie the entire room together by placing a matching pillow on the chair and the couch.
If your couch is large and imposing, then these chairs will balance that weight out. Their slim lines can add a sense of femininity.
Another option is to place a leather poof or ottoman in the room. This will add a sense of coziness to the room.
Move It Away From the Wall
If the room is large enough, move the couch away from the wall. This will work exceptionally well if the sofa is large too.
When you put the couch in the middle of the room, you create a more open feeling. The entire room will look larger.
You don’t even need to put the couch in the middle of the room for this benefit. You could move it only a foot off the wall.
Keep the Walls Light
If your room is smaller, then it is smart to keep the walls light. Leather couches tend to be large and imposing, so paired with dark walls in a small room, and it will feel closed in.
Now if the room is large enough to support it, by all means, paint the walls a darker luxurious shade. This works especially well if there is plenty of natural light.
When you choose your paint color, consider the color of the leather too. A black leather couch and white walls can look harsh if you don’t balance it with some color and textured accents.
A saddle colored leather couch will look stunning paired with a lovely navy blue. Then you could accent with whites and tans.
Embrace Other Natural Materials
Embrace other natural materials such as wood, stone, and metals. These will look beautiful when paired with leather.
You can use brass, rose gold, gold, or silver in the lighting fixtures. Think about the tones of the leather color to know what tone of metal will look good when paired with it.
You could use wood for the flooring, or accent pieces. Or you could embrace modern interior decorating trends and do a wood wall treatment.
A pair of marble-topped end tables or coffee table will add a sense of elegance to the room. Or you could go for a more industrial look by using concrete instead of natural stone.
Style Your Leather Sofa
Now it’s time to put these ideas to use in your home. Before you know it, your leather sofa will look perfect and inviting.
All you need is a rug, a couple of pillows, a blanket, and a few plants. You can go all out and repaint the walls and rearrange the furniture.
For more inspirational styling ideas check out the “Indoor” section of our blog.