A Guide To 
Styling Your 
Leather Sofa 

Leather furniture can be a great addition to any home. It’s stylish, durable, and easy to care for. 

A leather sofa, in particular, can add a touch of style and sophistication to our living spaces. But sometimes it can be difficult to know how to make the most of our furniture – from finding the right colour palette and accessories to choosing the right fabric, there are a lot of details to consider. 

In this article, we'll explore tips and tricks for adding a stylish flair to your leather sofa, from choosing complementary accessories to selecting throw pillows that make a statement.

Here’s how to style your leather sofa and make it the focal point of your living room.

Choose the Right Leather Sofa

The first and most important step when styling your leather sofa is to choose the right piece. Consider your existing décor and furniture pieces, and select a designer sofa that will complement them. If you have a modern living room, opt for a sleek and minimalist leather sofa. For a more traditional look, choose a classic model with tufted accents. Pay attention to the details, including the colour, size, and design of the sofa. A good leather sofa will last you for years, so make sure you take the time to find one that fits your style and needs. You can even create your own leather sofa with our bespoke design service to get a sofa that’s ideal for you!

Once you've picked out the perfect leather sofa, it's time to start styling.

Add Colour & Pattern With Throw Pillows

Adding colour and pattern to your leather sofa is a great way to give it a unique and inviting look. Throw pillows are a great way to do this, as they can easily be changed out and updated as often as you'd like. 

When selecting throw pillows for your leather sofa, opt for fabrics that clash with the leather, such as velvet or cotton. You can also mix and match shapes and sizes for a more eclectic look. 

When it comes to colours, try to pick out shades that will complement the colour of your leather sofa. For a more modern look, pick out solid colours, or for a more traditional look, choose patterned pillows.

Introduce Textiles for Comfort & Texture

In addition to throw pillows, introducing textiles to your leather sofa is another great way to add comfort, texture, and style. Consider adding a soft wool or cotton throw blanket across the back of the sofa. This will give it a cosy and inviting feel, as well as offer additional warmth and comfort. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, try layering a patterned rug or tapestry over the sofa. 

This will instantly add texture and dimension to the room and help you create a unique and inviting look.

Incorporate Accent Pieces for
Visual Interest

To add visual interest to your leather sofa, incorporate a few accent pieces. These can be anything from a decorative tray to a bookshelf, or even a floor lamp. Consider adding a few pieces of artwork or a mirror above the sofa to draw attention to it.

You can also use accent pieces to add colour and texture to the room, such as a colourful rug or a textured throw blanket. Accent pieces are a great way to personalise your space and make it feel unique. 

With the right pieces, you can easily give your leather sofa a one-of-a-kind look that you'll love.

Accessorise with Rugs, Wall Hangings & Lighting

Next, accessorise your leather sofa with rugs, wall hangings, and lighting. A rug is a great way to add texture and colour to your space, while wall hangings can help draw the eye to your leather sofa. Consider using a variety of sizes and shapes to add visual interest. 

When it comes to lighting, use lamps or floor lamps to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can also hang wall sconces or pendant lights above the sofa to add a touch of sophistication. 

Adding the right accessories can help you to create a stylish and inviting space that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Employ Different Cushion Styles & Fabrics

To take your leather sofa to the next level, consider employing different cushion styles and fabrics. 

Changing up the cushions can instantly update the look of your sofa, and allows you to experiment with different colours and textures. Try using velvet, cotton, or linen fabrics for a more traditional look, or opt for faux fur or velvet for a more modern feel. 

You can also mix and match different sizes, shapes, and colours to create a unique and inviting look. With the right cushion styles and fabrics, you can easily create a one-of-a-kind leather sofa.

Mix & Match Fabrics for a Unique Look

If you’re looking to change up the style often, consider mixing and matching fabrics for a unique look. This is a great way to create a stylish and inviting living space that stands out.

You can choose two or three different colours and textures and mix them together for a modern and eclectic look. Try combining velvet, leather, and cotton fabrics for a unique and eye-catching look. Or, you can mix different colours and patterns to create a more traditional look.

With the right combination of fabrics, you can easily create a stylish and inviting living area that reflects your style and personality.

Create Moods with Different
Colour Palettes

You could also consider creating moods with different colour palettes. Colour can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of your living space and can instantly transform the look and feel of your leather sofa.

For a more traditional look, stick to classic colours like neutrals and pastels. Or, for a more modern look, use vibrant colours and jewel tones. You can also mix and match colours to create an eclectic, unique look. 

Choose the right colour palette to create a stylish and relaxing living area that you'll love spending time in.

Incorporate Artwork for a Personal Touch

To give your leather sofa a personal touch, consider incorporating artwork to the space around it.

Artwork is a great way to add colour, texture, and style to your living area. Choose pieces that reflect your style and personality and hang them near or above your sofa. 

Consider using canvas prints, framed photographs, or even mirrors. This will instantly add a unique and inviting touch to your leather sofa and help create a space that reflects your taste and style.

Clean & Maintain Your Sofa

Finally, it’s important to maintain and clean your sofa to keep it stylish. 

Start by wiping down the leather with a clean, damp cloth. This will remove any dirt or dust that has settled into the leather, which will help it look its best. Then, use a leather conditioner to nourish and protect the leather. Conditioning your leather will help it stay supple and prevent cracking over time. Finally, vacuum any crevices or seams in the leather. This will help keep your leather sofa looking new and make it easier to style. 

We have a whole article with tips to keep your sofa clean and looking like new if you’d like to know more.

A Stylish Leather Sofa That’s Right for You

A leather sofa is a timeless piece of furniture that can be styled to fit any space. With our tips and tricks, you can show off your sofa in a way that expresses your individual style. 

Whether you prefer a more contemporary look or something more traditional, there are plenty of options for styling your leather sofa. With some creativity and effort, your leather sofa will become the focal point of your living space.

Here at Oliver Matthews, we can create your perfect, handmade bespoke leather sofa. Simply choose your style, size, filling, and finishing touches – and let us do the rest!