It's a stereotype, of course, but one that we'll go with just for a moment - the first time sofa buyer who goes for black leather as the upholstery of choice - the perceived staple of bachelor/ette pads everywhere. Whether or not this is true is a debate for another day, but what IS true is that it can be a challenge to elegantly incorporate black furniture into a room. We rounded up a few examples of rooms where it works and looked at the reasons why. Here are a few takeaway tips:
• Warm it up by balancing with brown. This glossy leather sofa reads as cozy and homey, thanks to its placement in front of a warm wooden wall, an effect that could be done just as easily with brown paint. Via Living Etc..
• Make it just one of many black details in the room. To ground the black chairs in the design, Jenna Lyon's living room also includes a zebra patterned rug, pillow, accents on the chandelier and a lack painted doorway visible from the room. From Domino via Anh-Minh.
• Soften it up with unexpected textures and patterns. This very well known style of black leather chair looks unexpected thanks to a fuzzy patterned throw, a graphic pillow, mirrored and rustic accessories and a leopard carpet in the mix. Via Apartment Therapy.
• Feature it in as a major contrast piece is an all-light room. This is a daring way to go, but it's striking, dramatic and makes the choice to go with a black sofa appear very intentional. Via Living Etc..
• Pair it with a bold and bright backdrop. These black leather cushions are the tamest part of this tableau, which features bold white curvy white shelving in front of a bright green wall. Via Dwell.
If you have black furniture, share your thoughts on it below - how do you make it work in your home?