How to Select the Color of a Leather Sofa

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How to Select the Color of a Leather Sofa
Brown is a neutral colour for a leather sofa. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Leather sofas can be an expensive item, so it's important to take your time and carefully consider the options before making a purchase. What colour is best is mostly a matter of personal preference, but there are a few things to think about when making a leather colour choice. If possible, bring someone else along when shopping for a sofa to get another point of view on colour choices, as well as style and size of couch.

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    Consider the composition of the household when choosing a leather sofa. For example, if there are animals or young children in residence, it may be a good idea to go with a black or brown sofa. These colours hide dirt a bit better than light-coloured leather.

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    Decide whether the couch is supposed to blend into the room or stand out. A tan, brown or black couch will look at home in most rooms, while a stark red, white or other artificially coloured couch will not. A word of caution: dramatic sofa colours may look good right now, but might be harder to redecorate around in a few years, if desired.

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    Get leather fabric samples from a local furniture store, if possible.These swatches can be brought home to compare with the rest of the colour scheme in the room. If the room is painted in neutral shades, any colour leather will work. If the room is painted in more dramatic shades of red, blue or green, it may be better to stick with a dark brown or black leather sofa.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to choosing a colour for the sofa, there are lots of other things to consider. For example, there is real leather and faux leather, as well as textured and patterned leathers. Something else to think about is the size sofa to purchase. A love seat is a small sofa; there are also full-length sofas, as well as larger sectional sofas.

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