16 Ways to Decorate With Leather Furniture

Brown leather couch with blue and white pillows in decorated living room with houseplants

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 décor. 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 décor 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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    Handwoven Leather Acapulco Chair

    Haley Weidenbaum

    A handwoven leather Acapulco chair adds both style and practical function without taking up too much visual space in this small living room by California based interior designer Haley Weidenbaum. Alongside the wood veneer console, the chic seat lends balance to the room's mostly cool color scheme.

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    French Apartment With Leather Furniture

    warm colors burnt yellow living room
    Marion Alberge

    Room warming shades of brown rules in this Paris apartment by French interior designer Marion Alberge. The walls are a soft shade of mocha. The chocolate brown sofas are incredibly inviting. Pops of gold and yellow like the side chair and decorative brass accessories lend room brightening contrast. An accent pillow with a splash of yellow enhances the room's cohesive look. 

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    Black Leather Headboard Anchors This Bedroom

    Leather headboard
    Ashley Bell Interiors

    We love spaces that blend traditional style with other elements as shown in this primary bedroom by Ashley Bell Interiors based in Dallas, Texas. The black leather headboard is the foundation piece that anchors the space. It beautifully works with other key furnishings including the midcentury dressers and the kilim woven rug.

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    Consider Affordable Vintage Leather Furniture

    A living room with printed curtains

    Jessica Nelson Design

    When it comes to tricking out a room with unique décor, nothing is quite as satisfying as successfully mixing chic vintage and worn furniture. Our favorite, for instance, is 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 Loungers in Modern White Living Room

    small scandi styled living room dog white rug
    Alvhem Makleri

    Vintage leather pieces add enduring style to this modern Nordic living room featured on Alvhem Makleri. On the far right is a 1960s safari leather lounge chair by Swedish designer Arne Norell. In the foreground is a 1970s chrome tufted leather lounge chair by American designer Cy Mann. Even though the chairs are not the same color, because they are both brown, a neutral hue, they work in this mostly white living space.

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    Mini Chesterfield Sofa in a Small Apartment

    Labl Studio

    Leather furniture comes in all sizes and types. Case in point, this mini chesterfield style couch in a bachelor pad by New York City design firm LABLstudio. Playing off the sofa's small size is the large floor lamp that resembles a giant desk lamp. 

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    Soften a Leather Sofa With Decorative Accents

    tufted leather sofa

    Kate Marker Interiors

    A slim and elegant tufted leather sofa makes the most of this living room by interior designer Kate Marker. The sofa's warm brown color does not overwhelm the airy color scheme. The various accent pillows in complementary colors make the leather piece of furniture even more appealing.

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    Leather Butterfly Chair

    IDF Studio

    This California apartment by San Francisco design firm IDF Studio oozes Scandi cool courtesy of bohemian accents like the timeless leather butterfly chair. 

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    Cognac Leather Sofa in a Trendy Living Room

    Alvhem Makleri

    Here a cognac leather sofa is a welcome addition in this stylish Scandinavian living room seen on Alvhem Makleri. The sofa's purplish undertones coordinate with the pink and navy peonies wallpaper. Accent pillows in different textures and neutral tones lend desirable contrast. 

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    Leather Furniture in a Black Room

    DIY black living room
    Growing Spaces

    Heather, the décor blogger behind Growing Spaces, got on board with the black room trend. She says the paint color created the ideal backdrop for her vintage leather sofa. A faux sheepskin blanket, cream rug, and leafy houseplant all help to take the edge off the dark colors.

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    Tiny House With a Black Leather Sofa

    Kim Lewis

    A very trim vintage leather sofa is the perfect fit for this tiny house by interior designer Kim Lewis out of Austin, Texas. A mix of pillows in contrasting colors and textures helps the large piece of furniture blend in with the rest of the décor.

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    Refresh an Old Leather Sofa With Pretty Pillows

    casual living room makeover with leather sofa

    In this small neutral living room spotted on Havenly, an online interior design service, decorative blue pillows perk up a gently worn tan leather sofa.

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    Vintage Leather Chair Paired With Reproduction Furniture

    funky retro living room
    Design Attractor

    If you are like us, authentic midcentury furniture by famous designers is not within your decorating budget. But if you got to have that look, have no fear. The graphic designer behind the blog Design Attractor decorated his space using a mix of affordable reproduction pieces mashed together with inexpensive thrift store finds like the caramel leather lounger. It coordinates nicely with the wood toned console and coffee table.

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    Leather Loungers Lend Stylish Warmth

    midcentury inspired california living room
    Amber Interiors

    Two leather loungers lend warmth to this neutral living room brimming with cool hues by Amber Interiors out of Calabasas, California. The chairs natural color draws attention to the wood furniture.

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    Leather Sectional Sofa With a Masculine Vibe

    blue black living room walls
    Lindsay Pincus Design

    Bellevue, Washington based company Lindsay Pincus Design enhanced this living room's masculine edge with a leather sectional sofa. A brown leather butterfly chair punches things up with a contrasting shade. Multihued pillows break up the couch with pleasing colors that match the hand-knotted wool rug, yellow curtains, and the red console.

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    Leather Sofa in Transitional Living Room

    Leather Furniture
    Studio McGee

    Natural textures including a brown leather sofa enliven this living room by Utah based interior design firm, Studio McGee. On top of the jute rug is a cowhide that enhances the space's boho appeal. Colorful pillows covering the sofa softens the furniture's rough and rugged good looks. The color blue works beautifully with wood and brown leather furnishings. Here two buffalo plaid end chairs in navy and white are a fun finishing touch.