5 Ways to Decorate with Leather Furniture

September 19, 2013

The “five ways” series continues today with a spotlight on a different design topic each week and today’s focus is on decorating your new Chicago home 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?



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