How To: Decorate Around a Dark Leather Sofa

How To: Decorate Around a Dark Leather Sofa

We've been helping a family member redecorate their living room and the first major purchase for the space was a new sofa--a new dark leather sofa. Our taste doesn't usually lean to leather so, initially, it threw us for a loop so far as picking furniture and finishes for the rest of the space.

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Not to be stereotypical but dark leather sofas look a little masculine to us. This is the pairing from the catalogue where the sofa was purchased--surrounded by greens and tans--but we've started our own sample board, trying to create a softer, more sophisticated family space that reflects the man and the woman who live there.

Step One: Counteract the dark leather with a soft yet substantial color on the walls and other surfaces. We chose a rich blue gray to saturate the room and compliment the dark brown leather as well as the cream, wall-to-wall carpet. The blue gray will also be brought in on the new tiled fireplace.

Step Two: Choose other furniture that compliments the build of the sofa without matching it. We chose the Quinn Chair from Room & Board because it has a substantial mass but without looking too heavy or bulky. The dark feet relate to the sofa but a lighter fabric adds contrast.

Step Three: Try adding a small dose of leather in another corner of the space to give the sofa something to relate to. Also, play with complimentary textures. This space has a home office so we suggested a slim leather dining chair in a poppy accent color to relate to the leather sofa in the living area. Also, instead of a coffee table, we're suggesting these little storage cubes in a light, nubby fabric from West Elm.

Step Four: Have fun with light, colorful fabrics in a range of patterns. Because we chose a solid chair and ottoman, we're suggesting bold patterned pillows and throws to break up the solids in the space but really, it works both ways.

We think this room should shape up nicely (and not too manly at all). How would you decorate around a dark leather sofa?

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