7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather

7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather
leather sofas | chair | cocktail nesting tables | bookcase

Leather furniture is a favorite for many people, and most of us have probably had, or do have, at least one piece of it in our home.  We also carry a lot of it in our stores.

So what makes it so great?  What is the appeal?  There are a lot of reasons to love it, and here are seven:

7 (great) reasons to decorate with leather:

1.  It Works With Any Design Style

Leather is a versatile material that can be used on anything from comfy reclining furniture to sleek contemporary furniture, and everything in between.  It really knows no boundaries.

The style of the piece that you put it on can definitely lead you in one design direction or another, but the options for what to put it on are many.

7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather
sofa | loveseat

2.  It Adds Warmth and Texture

Leather has a warm, rich, organic quality that lends so much texture to a space – especially the brown tones.

If you are looking for a piece to add a bit of weight and character to your room, a simple leather chair or ottoman can be the perfect compliment.

7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather
sectional | swivel chair| ottoman | leather chair

3. It’s A Neutral Backdrop

For those of us who like to switch out pillows, rugs, window treatments, etc. as our color preferences (or the seasons) change, leather provides the perfect neutral backdrop for that to happen.

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sectional |  cocktail table

TIP:  A common design question is: what “goes” with leather?

Because brown, gray or black leathers are neutrals it means that, rather than being limiting, they actually offer you options.  Don’t be afraid to decorate with leather furniture and mix your favorite colors and patterns with it!  (We give you more tips on how to decorate with leather in this post.)

sofa | accent chair | cocktail table | end table | rug | lamps

4. But. It’s Not Just A Neutral.

It’s true that neutral shades of leather are the most common, but many manufacturers also offer great color options.   Color combined with the rich texture of leather is a win-win.

Use a leather chair in a bold color to add a pop of personality to a space, or go big with a leather sofa in your favorite color.

red leather chairs
alcott chair | twister chair

5. It’s Durable and Long Lasting

Leather is strong, durable and perfectly capable of holding up to the activities of every day family life.   It lasts four times longer than fabric on average, so it can be a great investment.

7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather
stressless chair sofa | cocktail ottoman | accent chest

6. It Works in Any Room

Even though we see leather many times in living rooms and family rooms, it can also be a smart choice for other rooms in the house.

In the dining room with mix and match seating, an office in the form of a comfy office chair, or an entry – bench or accent chair – to give guests a place to remove their shoes.

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desk | chair

7. It Bridges the Gap.

Sometimes combining the design preferences of two people sharing the same space can be challenging.  Whether it’s masculine vs. feminine or just a clash of design styles, leather can be a tool to help bring the two together.

Dark leather on this headboard instantly adds a more serious, masculine element, while curves and tufting soften the look.  Give and take.

7 Great Reasons to Decorate With Leather

What do you like most about leather?

8.  For more design tips and room inspiration visit our Design Tips page!

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