Leather adds great texture, softness and color; however, beware that it can be a heavy look, especially in its most typical design colors – dark brown and black. That’s why it’s best to soften a big leather piece of furniture with other elements such as creamy paint colors, cushy throws and pillows, silky rugs and soft fabric furniture and window fashions.
Another way to lessen the heaviness of leather design elements is to select a lighter color of leather, such as beige, white, gray or sage green. Or you can add a tidbit of brightness with green, red or yellow leather!
Complementary materials and textures can also lighten up a heavy leather look. Think:
Glass or Lucite tables
Metal chairs and lamps
Light filtering, soft-looking window fashions
Natural grass wallcoverings
Leather is a versatile choice that adds beauty to most any decorating style from a traditional dining room to a classic living room to an ultra-contemporary great room. Think about leather for these design elements:
Leather sofas and easy chairs, and even recliners!
Leather dining chairs
Leather-fronted sideboard in the dining room or dresser in the bedroom
Leather-covered walls in a powder room or home office
Add leather to your next design project and you’ll be ahead of the herd!
Fresh Ideas from Hunter Douglas