I have always had a slight aversion to leather. I take that back- I have an aversion to pairing leather with leather with leather (*see below photo*). I’ve seen more than enough houses where a dark brown leather sofa is paired with a dark brown leather chair paired with a dark brown leather recliner paired with a dark brown leather ottoman (maybe I’m exaggerating- but you get the idea!) and that look is just not for me. I like to mix things up a bit more! I rarely specify leather for clients (or for myself). I find leather to be very cold and uninviting and never the material that I want to curl up on a sofa with.
Of course leather has its good qualities…
1) It is flexible. It can go more modern (paired with metallic legs/arms) or more traditional (paired with antique brass nailheads)
2) It’s very practical and durable. In the instances where you have kids or pets, a leather sofa might be a good idea. I’m not in either situation (yet) so I think I’m going to try to hold on to my white skirted sofa for as long as possible!
3) It’s smooth, soft, and clean looking. There is no fuss with leather (unlike a slipcover) and it never looks disheveled.
4) It’s season friendly. It warms in the winter and cools off in the summer.
There are some exceptions to my leather rule and here they are below. A conglomeration of stylish leather pieces at every price point that make even the most leather-apprehensive person, take a good second look.
Would you do leather furniture in a heartbeat or are you a die hard fabric fanatic like myself?