How to decorate a living room leather sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorate your leather sofa to add a pop of colour to your home or to create a cohesive style. Placing a leather sofa in your living room instantly gives the space a sophisticated look. Use decor to evoke the feel of the room; for example, with the right accessories, your living room can have an elegant library vibe or a natural allure. A leather sofa sets the tone and becomes the backdrop for many types of living room styles and themes.

Soften the look of a leather sofa and provide comfort for family members and household guests by placing a throw blanket over the top of the sofa. Choose a blanket made of a soft, warm fabric, such as cashmere or chenille. Choose colours and patterns that coordinate with your living room decor; if the sofa is a dark shade, lighten the look by choosing a butter yellow or muted orange blanket.

Enhance your leather sofa with decorative pillows for additional style and comfort. Choose pillows that match your throw blanket for a cohesive look. For example, if you have a yellow blanket on a brown leather couch, choose a pillow featuring a pattern with shades of yellow, green and white.

Draw attention to your leather sofa by placing a floor vase on the side of it. Place a sleek silver vase filled with tall white flowers on the side of a black sofa for a sophisticated, modern look or a carved wood vase filled with fresh-cut wildflowers near a brown sofa for a rustic, natural look.

Hang artwork and pictures to draw attention to empty wall space above your leather sofa. If you have a black leather sofa, choose black-and-white images or old movie posters for a vintage look. You can also place existing artwork in a black frame or use black matting so that it complements the dark sofa.

Use your leather sofa as a backdrop for holiday decor. During the winter holidays, place a wool blend throw blanket featuring a snowy scene or festive colours on the couch; add decorative pillows to match. During the spring, lighten up the look by choosing a pastel-coloured cotton blanket or pillows with a fresh floral design.

Things You'll Need

  • Throw blankets
  • Decorative pillows
  • Floor vase and flowers
  • Artwork and images
  • Frame
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.