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How to Style a Leather Sofa Part 1

October 21, 2013

Over the past few years I've actually gotten quite a few emails asking how I would style a leather sofa.  The truth is, I wouldn't.  It's not my thing.  But one of my best friend's said "I do" to a leather living room suite when she said her vows to her husband.  Another friend in Charleston has the same dilemma and I've helped them both design around it in their coastal homes.  There are certainly ways to do it so that it becomes a better blend of everyone's aesthetic.

Well, this morning I find myself in a similar predicament.  There is a U-hual in my driveway this morning, as I type, with a leather couch inside.  My in-laws are downsizing and offered up several pieces of furniture.  I'll be honest, its not all my taste.  It's not what I would go to a store and select.  But it's really nice.  And it's all in great condition.  After a random change of events that took Matt from the mountains down to Charleston, up through Pawleys Island, and back to Richmond again in 24 hours, I find myself with a leather couch to decorate with today.

I'm thinking a neutral throw and lots of light geographic pillows on top.  Like the Jill Rosenwald hourglass, zara stripe, breaking wave, ceyden, domino, .  But I'm still wrapping my head around it.  I knew this leather couch would come live at our house at some point but I never really pictured the logistics of how I'd blend it in with my decor.  If you think you have to stick with all dark, masculine pieces to make it work, you're wrong.  I can't wait to start dreaming up ways to minimize this bad-boys bulk.  I'll keep you posted every step of the way.

So tell me, do you have a large leather piece in your home?  Did you marry into it like so many of us have?  Was it something you've always loved and wanted?  I've heard it's a dream with kids because you can just wipe up any sticky spills and messes.  I'm sold.  

 Stay tuned for Part 2 where I make my dream selections for pillows and throws for our new leather sofa.

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32 comments:

  1. I agree with you on the leather sofa business! The upside is that they are perfect for kids and pets and the ideas you have shared for styling will really up the ante in terms of looks.

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  2. I love your inspiration images! I know you will make it look amazing and maybe even make us lust after a leather sofa as well! My husband actually had one before we were married but when he sold his apartment before the wedding the movers could not take it out ....it wouldn't fit through the door....I think it grew in size (LOL)....so it stayed and was passed on to the new owners...phew!

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  3. Amen sister. However, if anyone can make it look good, it will be you. Can't wait to see how you work it in!

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  4. Poor Matt driving all over the place! I like the idea of one leather piece in the house and excited to see how you perfect the look!

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  5. I can't wait to see how your style it! I too am not a fan of leather couches and in our first home I made a huge mistake and went with a very modern, leather Natuzzi couch which then made it way to the basement and I still hated to even look at it so for this move it was Craigslisted! But I love worn in leather club chairs! I bet you can make it awesome and maybe it would fit well with your playroom?

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  6. I've inherited a leather couch from my fiance's sister's boyfirend. It was free, in great shape and a not overly "puffy" leather couch. We just closed on our first house (in August) and have a wedding to pay for (next March) so we took it for now with a plan to buy the couch we really want after our wedding. I"m a white couch kind of girl so it was hard for me to take such a dark piece of furniture. I think I've styled it well so far!! #workwithwhatyouvegot :o)

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  7. I have a faux leather sectional too in our basement and I need to update it fast. thanks for the inspirations!

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  8. I married into an awful tan leather couch set.... omg I can't even describe how bad it was. My husband purchased the sofa, love seat, and chair for $200 right out of college from his landlord and was so proud of himself. Thankfully I only had to endure with it for about 1.5 years before he gave in and got rid of them!! It sounds like your leather is going to be better than that!

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  9. I think the stereotype of a leather sofa is terrible...I think there are great leather sofas-it just depends on the shape. I've never dreamed of one but I wouldn't be opposed it:)

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  10. my boyfriend loves leather sofas. so the compromise is we will have the navy velvet sofa i love for our apartment and when we move into a bigger place and need a second sofa, we will get him a leather one, as long as i get to pick it out. i love the third one in your pictures.

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  11. Haaaa "I wouldn't. It's not my thing". I love you :) Great post.

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  12. I was pretty against Hubs getting a leather recliner for a living room, but now it's my favorite spot to lounge. Leather can be so cozy and when done right so stylish!!

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  13. Ha ha. I married into a 90's style leather loveseat and chair set. It's terrible. When we were newlyweds we had a designer come in to help with our empty living room. She saw it in the family room and said "Ah, yes, the black leather man couch. Single men love those." Apparently she had seen more than a few in her years. My husband is quite attached so we keep it and let the kids eat, drink and jump on it to their heart's content. Unfortunately it is still completely unmarred. Maybe if we get a dog? :)

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  14. I resisted my husband's pleas for leather for so long, but finally succumbed, and I have to say, it IS awesome with kids and a pooch. We have a couch and a loveseat in medium brown, and I try to accessorize them like I would an outfit that I'd wear brown boots with. It'll be fun to see what you come up with, I know you will make this new couch fabulous in your house! (And love it with your littles!)

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  15. I agree with Fletcher @ High Cotton Style - hate the stereotype of leather sofas. Although my dream couch is a very large pottery barn sectional - I love my leather sofa and chair. There are some that are just plan hideous, but most are stylish, extremely comfortable, and very easy for this mom of a toddler 3 dogs, and a cat. Can't wait to see how your pillow selections :)

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  16. We have a leather chair and it is so nice because you can wipe spills right up! My sister has leather couches that are really attractive and she loves them! They work nicely in her space and are good for small children. I know you will make it look awesome!

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  17. 2 words: Pastel Kilim (heavy texture would be great on the leather sofa, but light colors would go with beachy decor, your artwook, sisal rug, etc!)

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/166380135/decorative-pastel-yellow-kilim-pillow?ref=shop_home_active

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  18. We have one too (in our TV room) and I hate it but it does clean up really easily with the 2 kids, so that's a plus! Mine also came with my marriage :) Can't wait to see how you style yours!

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  19. I have two leather club chairs in my family room at Hubby's insistence. Thankfully, I can slipcover them in the summer:)

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  21. I'm dealing with a similar problem, although we willingly purchased the sofa. We've got 2 dogs and hope to have a little one soon... so leather seemed like the right choice. I'm slowly working in pillows and other lighter furnishings!

    http://www.jjhortonphotography.com/uncategorized/beach-house-projects/

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  22. There are various types of faux leather sofas that range in size and style. A furniture purchase is not one most people take lightly. So, when choosing a style of leather sofa.

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  23. Their is Good collection regarding the latest design of leather sofa. Could you let me know your price ?

    Tina Xiang

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  28. Thank you for the great tip about leather sofa.

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