3 Must-Have Tips for Accessorizing a Leather Couch

Sometimes after my family has gone to bed, I like to stay up a little while and enjoy the quiet, whiling away the time by browsing the internet.

It sometimes happens that inspiration strikes as I’m browsing, and I have to act on it…

right then

at 2 o’clock in the morning.

And so it was the other night after I saw this photo from House Beautiful.

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Let me back up.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to accessorize my leather couch for years, when one day last week, I read this post by Sita Montgomery dedicated to all the big brown leather couches out there.

When I saw what Sita did with her client’s leather couch, I was inspired by the similar furniture, color palette and room arrangement as my own.  So, using the pillows I have, I tried every configuration I could think of, but couldn’t find the one.

Which brings us back to the photo by House Beautiful.  It just so happened that my pillows are the same shape and size as the pillows in the inspiration photo.

So, I quickly gathered every throw pillow in the living room and piled them on the floor.   Sometimes it’s  just better to clear the space and start from scratch.  

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I rearranged the pillows, keeping the inspiration photo in mind, and added our favorite throw for napping.  I got so excited that I kept going, and after pairing a couple of accessories with the new lamps, the couch felt complete.


In the leather chair, a rust pillow and blue throw blanket carry the color scheme around the room.


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I kept it simple in this chair, not wanting to compete with the accent wall.


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Pulling colors from the living room curtains and mixing and matching patterns brought the couch, and the room, to life.


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And here’s what I learned along the way

3 Tips for Accessorizing a Leather Couch:

~Add  color, pattern and texture with the use of throw pillows and blankets

~Add accessories behind the couch, whether it’s art on a wall, curtains, decorative items on a sofa table or a combination, to create a new focal point.

~Break up a leather set by incorporating fabric chairs and accent furniture



See you in class,


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  1. Hi Sharon … I always enjoy your decorating tips.
    Easter Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  2. I have two leather chairs and you have some very very good ideas for them too! Thanks, Sharon!

  3. Yvonne, your comments always give me a big boost of confidence! I’m glad you found the tips helpful.

  4. I was just thinking about you the other day, Audrey. Easter Blessings to you too!

  5. That does look fabulous. The colors are all working together and it breaks up the brown. I’m so glad you don’t have pillows with dog faces. Those are a little creepy. 🙂 I too find inspiration sometimes at the oddest hours…that’s when we are alone to do our own thinking, right?

    Happy Easter!! It’s a beautiful weekend here in Texas.

  6. Donnamae says:

    Love what you did on your couch! I have two leather chairs…and I’m always trying to pair them with two camel colored love seats…and coordinate pillows. I also do my best decorating late at night! Happy Easter! 😉

  7. Great ideas, Happy Easter!!!

  8. Happy Easter, Cynthia!

  9. Late night decorating is so fun! And Happy Easter to you, too, Donnamae!

  10. It is a beautiful weekend in Texas indeed. I need to get off of this computer and get outside to enjoy the weather. Happy Easter!

  11. Thanks for posting this and great timing! I just bought new (to me) leather couch and chair and have been wondering what in the heck to put on it and now behind it – I never thought about that!

  12. Can’t wait to see what you do, Heather!

  13. Despite what my hubby thinks, pillows ARE the answer!!! Beautiful fabric makes such an impact in a room with texture and color! I love your changes and can imagine you standing amidst a big pile of pillows!! lol! I like mixing warm and cool colors like you did with your couch and pillow colors! Fabulous!

  14. I agree Heather… I just love fabric! I think it’s the easiest way to dress up a room. Thank you for the compliment!

  15. Sharon, good for you for shaking things up a bit! Sometimes we get so use to the way things are we forget to try new things. I did a post on brown sofas a couple of years ago because I was working with several clients that had brown in their lives and wanted to freshen it up a bit,here is the post if you would like to read it…..http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2014/07/is-your-room-feeling-tired-and-old.html

  16. I tend to shake things up a little too often. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your post. I will definitely read it.

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