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5 Ways to Decorate with Leather Furniture

The “five ways” series continues today with a spotlight on a different design topic each week and today’s focus is on decorating a space with or around leather furniture. There’s something really wonderful about plopping down in a worn Chesterfield or tailored leather recliner at day’s end to watch your favorite show, sporting event, or catch up on your reading with your new book or tablet. Here are five different ideas for incorporating durable and comfortable leather furniture into your home.

Traditional leather sofas are dark by nature so layer them with cream or white accent pillows and throw blankets. Pull in other pale accents like area rugs and accessories to bounce light around the room and also add desirable contrast.

leather sofa with light pillows


Balance the visual weight of brown leather furnishings by incorporating painted walls, furniture, and textiles such as the slate blue cabinets and striped ottoman which bring color and comfort to this cozy reading nook.

leather chairs and slate blue hutch


If you’re wary of purchasing a matching set of leather sofas for fear they may dominate your space, consider as an alternative smaller pieces as part of the room’s design. An ottoman or accent chair will provide the benefits of leather yet lend a collected feel to a space where fabrics cover other upholstered pieces. 

leather ottoman bhg


Leather is a stylish and family friendly choice for dining rooms and white leather adds a contemporary vibe to a space that’s designed with traditional or cottage elements.

white leather dining chairs bhg


Leather isn’t a neutral hide anymore, many home decor retailers offer leather dyed in shades from yellow to blue to green. These orange wingback chairs are the perfect punctuation to a modern living room with a white backdrop. Look for ottomans, settees, or chairs at various retailers in similar vivid hues to achieve the same impact. 

leather wing chairs bhg


How have you decorated with or incorporated leather furniture in your home?



24 Responses to “ 5 Ways to Decorate with Leather Furniture ”

  1. I love my leather furniture, but these rooms look very dull and cold

  2. I love the two leather chairs with the painted cabinet. I’m contemplating a wooden tv stand to replace our modern one from my husband’s bachelor days, but perhaps a painted one would be better with our leather chairs. Food for thought. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the ideas. I always love BHG decorating inspirations and was looking out for ideas for leather furniture. I have pale blue walls and burgundy leather sofas. I see now that I need lighter throw pillows to pull it together.

  4. I like the leather ,it is cold but sooooooo comfy and great with the animals.

  5. So informative post. One have to upgrade the natural look of leather furniture. Explore the natural beauty of the hide. Leather Good For Children and Pets too…

  6. I loved the way you selected the color and type of leather furniture according to your space. They are really standing out and are at their supremacy.

  7. Hi there,
    You are a magician. I never saw this type of combination of furniture. How can you do this type of work. It is totally amazing and beautiful. Really you’re a magician who can customize furniturewith beauty.


  8. I love this style of furniture, This is so cool! You can also make these designs in

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  10. attractive your design and good reason for it

  11. Excellent advice. The balancing is such an important key point. The leather ottoman you’ve posted is the foundation to that room’s decor.

  12. What is the best color for a living room now that we purchased a leather
    couch and loveseat? The color of the leather is a mahagony brown.

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  14. white leather sofa is very nice looking .It made our home too beautiful .I love it too much.

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