How to Decorate a Black Leather Couch

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How to Decorate a Black Leather Couch
Soften harsh black leather with throw pillows. (Black leather chair with a marble wall behind image by Da Vynci from

Black leather couches can be a double-edged sword when it comes to decorating. The harshness of the colour and the lines in the leather can be devastating to your decor However, there are methods to soften the presence of a black leather couch in a room. The precise method to work around a black couch will depend on the style of your room. Both country and eclectic styles can work with black leather.

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Things you need

  • Throw pillows
  • Textured blanket
  • Wooden inserts
  • Construction adhesive
  • Ottoman

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    Add a few throw pillows to your black leather couch. Opt for plush fabrics such as fleece, velvet or sateen to help contradict the harshness of the leather material of the couch. Select bright colours, such as yellow, fuchsia or Caribbean blue. Choose cotton or sail fabric in blue or yellow for a nice country effect. Opt for fuschia and Caribbean blue velvet pillows for an eclectic feeling.

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    Throw a nicely textured blanket over the back of the couch. Choose a blanket that is knit, crochet, or heavy lace. The texture of the blanket will help soften the look of the couch. Try pale yellow, country red or light blue as excellent accents for a country room with a black couch. Opt for a heavy twill throw blanket if your room is decorated eclectically.

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    Install wooden inserts on your leather couch. Decorative wooden brackets or inserts can be purchased from home supply stores. Spread a thin layer of construction adhesive along the back of the wooden panel. Carefully place the wooden inserts against the front of the arm of the couch. This is a permanent change to your furniture.

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    Add an ottoman in a floral or geometric design. Although the ottoman has no direct connection with the leather sofa, it breaks up the mass of the couch. Simply place the ottoman in the front of the sofa, and the leather expanse will automatically be shortened. Choose an ottoman that fits the decor of the room. For country style, the ottoman should have a small floral or plaid print in light yellow or blue, or country red. If your room is on the eclectic side, choose an ottoman with a pop of fuchsia or Caribbean blue.

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