Beyond the Bachelor/ette Pad: Living with Black Furniture

Beyond the Bachelor/ette Pad: Living with Black Furniture

Janel Laban
Jan 14, 2011

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?

Images: 1. Living Etc., 2. Domino via Anh-Minh, 3. Jill Slater/Apartment Therapy 4. Living Etc., 5. Per Magnus Persson/Dwell

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