As kids, many holidays included gathering on the sofa to play board games with the cousins. But if you’re still sitting on Uncle Ebenezer’s dusty old hand-me-down leather sofa, the ghost of Christmas past may have taken up residence in your living room.
Today’s leather furniture offers so much more in terms of scale, size and styles that deliver tons of value. The key is 100% leather. No bonded leather, no vinyl. Start with traditional chocolate brown and black, then add in colors like red, navy, white, and sage and you’ll find leather furniture choices for every room: living room, master bedroom, home office…you get the idea. You’ll soon be ready to plop down in total comfort.
When it comes to style, silhouettes such as roll arms with inset panels offer timeless appeal and visual interest. Harp arms and a turned leg also make for a classic look and an attractive silhouette, while sleek lines speak to the modernist. There are some current design ideas to consider, such as crocodile embossing that adds an exotic world-traveler vibe. Double-pad seats and double pub backs mean fewer cushion cracks to slip into.
Picture-frame top-stitching on the cushions adds a nice traditional detail touch, while a lack of seams on back and seats delivers a cleaner, modern look. Nailhead trim has evolved too. In addition to traditional brass nailheads with a classic look, modern pieces are catching on with platinum and chrome nailheads that really pop. On sectionals, some styles use muslin on adjacent sides. For maximum versatility, look for leather on all sides so you can float pieces separately or use in the traditional L shape. Many people build a sofa using sectional pieces, such as a chaise and an end piece. Let your imagination go wild and build the living room you’ll love.
One more value tip: a leather sofa will last as long as three fabric sofas, on average.