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Mixing leather and fabric sofas

Mixing Leather and Fabric Sofas

Mixing leather and fabric sofas across your layout is a perfect way to inject warmth and character into your living room. With plenty of versatile options, you can choose between coordinated or contrasting colours and textures to create a look that suits your taste and lifestyle.

We run through the dos and don’ts of blending leather and fabric furniture, to ensure the end result is a cosy, comfortable space where you’ll enjoy lounging out in front of your favourite films or spending time with friends and family.

Coordinating fabric and leather

burgundy red leather armchair

When it comes to choosing the style of your leather and fabric sofas and chairs, try to stick to a shared theme. For example, if your leather sofa has a cosy, modern aesthetic, choose a fabric sofa or chairs with a similar, contemporary finish.

Likewise, if you’re looking for a vintage themed living space, then pick classic furniture to create harmony throughout the room. The Monza burgundy leather sofa cuts a modern shape with its low, inviting design, and can look great when teamed with the ultra-cosy Kirby armchair in frisco charcoal fabric.

Pick your palette wisely

finley brown leather recliner sofa

Colour is key when mixing up leather and fabric furniture. Most leather sofas tend to be neutral colours such as black, brown, or cream, which can blend well with fabric sofas or chairs in complementary shades. For example, try pairing the Brandon cream leather sofa with a pair of Marseille armchairs in Balmoral beige fabric for a cosy, country-cottage inspired look.

On the other hand, if your leather sofa happens to be a more striking shade, select fabric furniture in a subtle, coordinating hue, to help balance out the effect. The Morgan range of fabric sofas and armchairs come in a range of beautiful steely tones, perfect for offsetting a brightly coloured leather chair.

Use accessories to bring balance to the room

grey fabric sofa

In instances where one colour is more dominant between your leather and fabric sofas and chairs, you can restore balance and proportion using accessories and soft furnishings around your living room.

In a living room that features a grey fabric sofa as the centrepiece alongside a coloured leather accent chair, try bringing subtle hints of coordinating colours into the room using pillows, throws, or a handy storage footstool.

Mixing materials to create an eclectic space

Mixing up textures, materials, and colours is all part of the fun when it comes to creating a cosy living room scheme. For a vintage look, the Chesterfield fabric sofa is a fantastic statement piece, with its tailored button detail and scrolled arms.

The Carson leather armchair can complement the Chesterfield perfectly, with its classic style and solid oak turned feet. Complete your furniture set with a rustic coffee table and matching sideboard for a living space that’s steeped in old-school charm.

Whether you juxtapose contrasting textures and colours for a bold look or choose a mix of natural tones for a more streamlined finish, leather and fabric combinations can work in both modern and traditional living rooms. Explore our full range of leather and fabric sofas, or for further interior inspiration, head to our blog where you’ll find a range of guides written by our team of experts.

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