Decorating with Black Leather Furniture
Black leather furniture can fit within many different home-decor styles. These styles can range from sleek and modern to retro. Achievement of a look merely requires the right combination of elements to work with the black leather furniture. These might include other furniture pieces, accessories, materials and colors.
Contrasting Colors and Fabrics
Decorate around black leather furniture using contrasting colors and fabrics. Buy accent pillows in breezy fabrics such as linen and cotton that include colorful patterns. Accent pieces in bright colors such lime green and coral will add an exciting pop of color to a black sofa, but be sure to break up the look with lighter hues, such as off-white carpeting or a tan chair and ottoman set.
Enhance the black leather furniture with silver accessories for a modern look. Replace your television stand with a silver metal one, and buy a matching bookcase or shelf. Use a coffee table and end tables featuring silver legs and sleek glass tops. To avoid a cold or sterile look, use accent pieces with soft, warm textures and colors. To break up the silver and black palette, throw a few beige pillows on the sofa, or a fluffy, off-white rug on the floor.
Use the black furniture as inspiration for a retro decor style. Hang black-and-white images of classic movie icons, such as James Dean, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe on your walls; use elegant, sophisticated frames to avoid a young look. If entertainment isn't your thing, look for bold, 1950s-style wall decor, such as a "starburst" clock, or a piece of vibrantly colored abstract artwork, reminiscent of the 1960s. Buy accent pillows featuring vintage-style black and white polka dots. Set out antique glass vases filled with brightly colored flowers.
Sophisticated Black Decor
Mix the black furniture with crisp white decor and accents for a classy look. Accent black leather sofas with black and white zebra-striped pillows, and place a fluffy white rug on the floor. Hang white linen drapes as a fresh and breezy touch. Buy a coordinating chair featuring black-and-white-striped cushions. To add a splash of color to the space, look for pillows, rugs and throw blankets in rich red or vibrant blue shades.