Monday, December 10, 2012

Leather Furniture Decorating Ideas

Leather Couch

Leather furniture can lend an elegant, sophisticated and classy look to your home. As durable as it is attractive, leather furniture is a great choice if you have children and/or pets. Decorating around neutral-toned leather items is as simple as adding various textures and a few pops of color. If your leather furniture is black or dark brown, lighten it by using brightly-colored accessories, such as pillows, and contrasting fabrics, such as linen and cotton. Does this Spark an idea?

Contrasting Colors and Textures

Lighten dark leather furniture by using accessories in a variety of colors and textures. On leather couches and love seats, use throw pillows featuring soft shades, such as light blue, butter yellow and muted orange and neutral-colored designs such as swirls, stripes and checks. For a sophisticated look, accent black leather furniture with white rugs, pillows and drapes; set out vases of red fresh-cut roses for a pop of color. For a contrast to smooth leather, buy a coffee table with heavily-textured wrought iron legs,or set out a raffia rug.

Soft Fabrics

Leather furniture adds a bold look to your home, so soften the space with plush fabrics. Drape a chenille blanket over your leather couch, or hang gauzy cotton curtains to catch the breezes. Choose a comfortable, fabric-covered ottoman to complement a leather chair. Break up the leather by using crisp linen drapes. If you have wood floors, throw a fluffy rug on the ground to add comfort and warmth to the space.

Wood Items

Wood tables and decor will balance substantial leather furniture pieces. Create a classy, library-style room by using dark brown or leather couches and chairs and deep maple or cherry wood tables and shelves. Hang or set out potted green plants to add color to the space. To lighten a space featuring dark leather furniture, choose side and coffee tables made of oak or other light woods. Add other natural elements for a rich look. Choose a glass or stone tile-topped coffee table or a wood-base lamp featuring a stained glass shade.

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