22 Ways to Decorate With Leather Furniture

Tan leather sofa with throw pillows in a living room

The Spruce / Michelle Becker

Modern, contemporary, or traditional—no matter your home's current style, leather furniture can add a timeless, homey, and even a luxurious twist to your decor. How so might you be thinking? From yummy caramel to vibrant maroon, leather pieces are available in cozy colors that add both beauty and depth to any space.

But that does not mean you have to fill a room with leather furnishings. All you need is a sofa or perhaps a chair or two in leather to warm up a room no matter its color scheme. Even better, making a piece of leather furniture match the rest of your decor is as easy as adding a few decorative accessories such as accent pillows or a throw. Ready to learn more? These ideas share how to spruce up your space with leather furniture.

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    Leather Lounge Chair

    living room with exposed brick, leather furniture

    Home Consultant

    A cozy leather lounge chair adds both style and practical function without taking up too much visual space in this living room by California-based interior designer Julian Porcino of Home Consultant. Alongside the exposed brick accent wall, the chic seat meshes perfectly with the room's mostly neutral color scheme.

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    Chic Apartment With Leather Sofa

    apartment with leather couch

    Alvin Wayne

    Room lightening shades of white rules in this apartment by interior designer Alvin Wayne. The walls are a soft shade of ivory. The tan leather upholstered sofa is incredibly inviting. Various plant life lends room brightening contrast. The cowhide print rug adds a slightly eclectic feel to the room's overall cohesive look. 

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    Leather Padded Headboard Anchors This Bedroom

    boho bedroom with leather padded headboard, full length arched mirror

    JC Designs

    We love spaces that embrace boho style as shown in this primary bedroom by JC Designs. The padded leather headboard is an eye-catching piece, and easily allows the leather cushions to slip on and off when needed. It beautifully works with other key furnishings including the midcentury nightstand and the full-length arched mirror..

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    Consider Affordable Vintage Leather Furniture

    living room with leather couch

    Jessica Nelson Design

    When it comes to tricking out a room with unique decor, nothing is quite as satisfying as successfully mixing chic vintage and worn furniture. Our favorite, for instance, is the orangey lounger in a teensy living room by designer Jessica Nelson. Its warm hue pairs beautifully with the other midcentury decor while providing a dramatic contrast against the room's many neutrals. 

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    Vintage Brown Leather Chair in White Living Room

    rustic living room tree trunk coffee table leather accent chair

    Arbor & Co.

    Vintage leather pieces add enduring style to this rustic living room featured on Arbor & Co. On the left is a midcentury leather accent chair draped in a white fur throw. It complements the other elements involved in the space, from the gray sofa to the carved tree trunk coffee table. The brown color of the chair, a neutral hue, not only doesn't clash with other accents but also works in this mostly white living space.

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    Mini Sofa in a Small Apartment

    mini leather sofa gallery wall

    Brophy Interiors

    Leather furniture comes in all sizes and types. Case in point, this mini-style couch in a guest space by designer Laura Brophy of Brophy Interiors. The size of the sofa works perfectly in the parameters of the room, and the small gallery wall hanging above perfectly complements it. 

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    Soften a Leather Sofa With Decorative Accents

    leather sofa modern living room gold accents

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    A slim and elegant tufted leather sofa makes the most of this living room by interior designer Ashley Montgomery Design. The sofa's warm brown color does not overwhelm the airy color scheme. The various accent pillows and blankets in shades of white and tan make the leather piece of furniture even more appealing.

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    Leather Butterfly Chair

    leather butterfly chairs

    Burchard Design Co.

    This apartment by design firm Burchard Design Co. oozes Scandi cool courtesy of bohemian accents like the set of timeless leather butterfly chairs. The teal blue couch stands out against the vibrant white walls, and the leather chairs provide not only the perfect decorative aspect but also extra seating.

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    Leather Sofa in a Trendy Living Room

    southwestern theme living room with leather sectional

    Dazey Den

    Here a leather sectional is a welcome addition in this stylish midcentury modern living room designed by Dazey Den. The sofa's orangish undertones coordinate with the red and brown hues that are prevalent across the rest of the space. Accent pillows in different textures and neutral tones lend desirable contrast. 

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    Leather Furniture in a Black Room

    leather sofa in black living room/study

    Jessica Nelson Design

    In another room designed by Jessica Nelson Design, she got on board with the black room trend. The paint color created the ideal backdrop for a vintage leather sofa. A dual matching white armchairs, cream ottoman, and leafy houseplants all help to take the edge off the dark colors.

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    Attic Room With a Black Leather Sofa

    living room with green walls and black leather sofa

    Laquita Tate Styling and Designs

    A very trim vintage leather sofa is the perfect fit for this attic guest space by interior designer Laquita Tate Styling and Designs. A mix of pillows in contrasting colors and textures helps the large piece of furniture blend in with the rest of the decor. The black and white rug helps add a lighter feel to the mostly dark room.

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    Refresh an Old Leather Sofa With Pretty Pillows

    modern living room with dark brown leather couch

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    In this small neutral living room designed by Ashley Montgomery Design, decorative black and white pillows perk up a dark leather sofa. The artwork hanging long the wall and the patterned rug give the room and modern feel.

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    Leather Pillow and Pouf

    white living room with leather accents

    Esther Schmidt

    If you love the concept of leather but aren't dying to commit to a full set of furniture, we get it. However, there are smaller ways to introduce the material to your space, like this sleek living room by Esther Schmidt. The bright white couch and calming gallery wall create an airy, calming atmosphere with their color schemes. Meanwhile, a leather pillow on the couch and a leather pouf on the floor add contrast in both color and texture, giving Scandinavian vibes.

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    Leather Seating at Kitchen Island

    leather kitchen island chairs

    Brophy Interiors

    If you think leather is just for the living room, think again. This kitchen designed by Brophy Interiors not only features wicker lighting pendants and a white tile backsplash, but also a kitchen island with a built-in sink. Contrasting the mostly white color scheme are three leather chairs placed on the other side of the island, making a statement all their own.

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    Leather Chairs in an Eclectic Room

    living room with four leather chairs, blue walls, tree trunk coffee tables

    Mary Patton Design

    Leather accents can lend a hand to give any room a masculine feel, though the material works well in any style. This gathering space designed by Mary Patton Design is highlighted by colorful blue walls and a geometric oversized rug, as well as four leather armchairs. The chairs are situated in a circles around tree trunk nesting coffee tables, which seem to balance the eclectic, bold statements made around the room.

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    Leather Desk Chair in a Neutral Office

    leather office chair

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    Introducing a leather desk chair into your study or office is a perfect fit, as proven by Ashley Montgomery Design in this home office. The durable fabric means it will last for the long haul, while also lending you some serious comfort as you get your work done.

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    Black Leather Armchair in Modern Living Room

    black leather chair in modern living room

    Designer: Emily Henderson/Photographer: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    A black leather armchair serves as a perfect accent in this modern living room designed by Emily Henderson. The white wall backdrop allows any darker aspects to stand out, and the black leather perfectly aligns with a midcentury modern feel. The yellow pillow adds the perfect pop of color in a neutral setting.

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    Eames Lounge Chair for a Midcentury Modern Touch

    leather eames chair

    Alvin Wayne

    One of the most iconic pieces of furniture associated with midcentury modern design, the Eames chair is the perfect leather addition to your space. Made of a plywood shell and a leather interior that looks both polished and inviting, it makes a statement all its own.

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    Leather Bench in an Entryway

    entryway with wine rack and blue leather bench

    Brophy Interiors

    Don't limit your seating to your living and dining rooms. Placing a leather bench in your entryway can create a warm welcome that also gives a sophisticated feel. Taking it a step further and choosing a colorful option, like this gorgeous blue, will really make an ideal first impression.

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    Sleek Leather Accent Chair in this Coastal Cali Space

    leather accent chair in living room

    Brophy Interiors

    Further proof that leather works well in a variety of styles, this cool California space incorporates a leather chair with sleek lines and a unique presence. The room uses a blue, white, and brown color scheme that creates an open inviting atmosphere, and the chair, with its thin railing, contributes to that same idea by having an open and spacious design to it.

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    Leather Bench at the Foot of The Bed

    leather ottoman bench at foot of the bed

    Burchard Design Co.

    Adding a leather bench at the end of the bed not only provides extra seating and storage, but makes a chic addition to a minimalist bedroom.

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    Light Leather Armchair With Contrasting Accents

    leather armchair

    Cathie Hong

    Opting for lighter leather has its perks, including providing ideal contrast with darker accents. The gray and white pillow and blanket draped across the chair create a bit of contrast without going too stark, and make us want to cozy up to spend the day reading.