I’ve had a few requests to do a “working with what you have” post about leather furniture. It’s a good topic because I’ve noticed that those that have leather living room furniture usually have more than one piece (i.e., the full matching set) and often feel like they’re drowning in a sea of brown.
If that’s your predicament, here’s how I would approach decorating a room around leather furniture:
Leather is a great texture to use in a space (and practical for so many reasons). I personally think the magic formula to making a room feel fresh instead of weighed down is to lighten up everything else around it so that the leather becomes the element that warms up the room. Mix in different finishes on your accent tables, frames and lamps. Too many wood tones can add to the “brown effect.” I also love the contrast of leather and fresh white. If white walls feel like a risk for you, here are a few examples to help you envision the look: