It’s all about leather at the moment, and I’m not talking about the infamous pair of leather trousers belonging to Lenny Kravitz that sparked a twitter storm last week! There have been some equally exciting images lighting up my desktop lately…leather sofas are definitely trending right now.
Gower Leather Grand Sofa in Walnut, £1,899, DFS
Now, there’s no denying we’re all very partial to a neutral, fabric-covered sofa, not only does it fit nicely into a classic greige room, it works for pretty much any style, contemporary, trad or country, it’s no wonder they have been dominating decorating trends for so long. It’s also a safe option for such a big investment, you want something that will last for a few rounds of decorating styles.
Well, no more! There is a leather revolution taking place and I for one am loving the backlash. Not only is it a practical choice that will last and last, it goes hand in hand with the rising trend for braver colour choices for walls; rich tones of leather work perfectly with a dark, moody palette.
Patrick 3 seat sofa in Satchel vintage leather, £3,240, Sofa.com
The classic, button-back Chesterfield shape in rich brown tones works perfectly against a dramatic wall colour. It can sit with anything from an eclectic mix of industrial inspired furniture to more traditional styles, or bridges the gap between the two.
Polished leather in rich chocolate and brass studs adds an air of gentleman’s club that can be softened and updated with unexpected accessories and furniture choices.
New England Newport in Cal Smoke sofa, £1,695, Furniture Village
Axel leather love seat, £1,799, West Elm
Like a good pair of tan leather shoes, this gorgeous colour will age beautifully over time. Contrasting perfectly against medium or strong colours on the wall, it would also make a Scandi statement against white. Go for a streamlined, boxy shape rather than a slouchy couch for a smart Mid-Century style.
Or check out the new beauty below, an update in leather has transformed this sofa, the angled shape and tapered legs have all the classic traits of the Mid-Century style but the leather finish gives it a totally 70’s vibe that would make a covetable choice for a cool, contemporary space.
Zinc Leather sofa starts at £1,595, French Connection range, DFS
Embassy sofa, from £1,355; Raft
A strong or moody palette may never be your cup of tea, but a neutral scheme doesn’t rule out leather as an option. Beautiful buff tones work wonders with grey and pastels on the wall, against weathered wood or painted furniture.
For a sleek, contemporary room, where white leather might be the obvious choice, taupe or grey tones are gentler alternatives. Try an unfussy shape, with a low back. For added luxe, the sofa below has a super discreet built-in recliner too.
If the thought of light coloured leather fills you with fear, a darker tone will still work, but go for a matt finish, in a rounded, marsh-mellowy soft shape.
Salzburg recliner leather three seater in ash grey, £2999, Dwell (coming soon)
Orson sofa in dark chocolate beaten leather, from £1195, Loaf