How to Mix Leather Furniture

Written by alex burke
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Leather furniture can add a level of elegance and sophistication to a room. Used in a combination of different finishes and colour choices, leather can push the boundaries of eccentricity, playfulness and visual complexity. Approach the use of leather furniture in an a decorating scheme as if it were a fabric textile, and remove the fear and stigma of not getting the mix correct. Leather can reflect personality and warmth just like a fabric can.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    The Basics of Combining Leather

  1. 1

    Take a look at the accessories and patterns in the room. Note the colours in the rug(s), drapery, wall covering or paint, and fabrics used on other furniture. Identify the neutrals and the colours being used. Create a colour palette by assembling samples of fabrics, paints and wall coverings used in the room and have it with you while shopping for leather furniture.

  2. 2

    Treat leather in the same manner as any patterned or solid textile when using it in an interior. Each piece needs a reason for being there and should be part of an overall scheme and desired atmosphere.

  3. 3

    Mix texture and colour. For example, pair a neutral-colour leather in one texture (a soft pebbled finish) with a brighter-coloured leather in another type of texture (a stamped aniline-dyed suede). A soft pebbled finish lounge chair in black works well with a stamped suede sofa in a grey olive green.

  4. 4

    Choose two neutral colours and combine them. Tie the neutrals together using a pillow fabric that combines the two colours. For example, a black leather sofa in a smooth finish met at each end in a seating arrangement by two tan suede matching chairs can be blended by using patterned pillows on the sofa that combine the two neutrals (black and tan) with other colours in the room.

  5. 5

    Think of leather as a solid in the room. Combining solid fabrics occurs when pulling colours from a patterned rug or main textile. Combining solid-coloured leather furniture can work the same way.

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