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10 Ideas for Decorating Around Your Brown Leather Sofa

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

When it comes to decorating a living room with a brown leather sofa, it can be a challenge to know where to start. Brown leather sofas are a classic and timeless choice for a living room, but some people still steer clear of them as they can be seen as heavy or masculine.

But, with the right decor, a brown leather sofa can become the centerpiece of a stylish and welcoming living room.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can decorate around your brown leather sofa!

Tips when decorating around your brown leather sofa

Before we dive deeper into decorating ideas for your brown leather sofa, here are some tips you should keep in mind:

Choose a color scheme

When decorating around a brown leather sofa, it's important to consider the color scheme of the room. Neutrals such as white, cream, and beige work well with brown leather. You can also incorporate warm colors like orange or yellow for a cozy feel, or cooler colors like blue or green for a more calming vibe.

Add texture

To prevent the space from feeling flat and bland, mix up different textures in your decor. You can consider adding a plush rug, textured throw pillows, or a woven basket to add depth to the space.

Use accent pieces

One way to draw attention away from the sofa is to incorporate accent pieces in a bold color or pattern. This could be a bright area rug, colorful curtains, or a striking piece of art.

Incorporate wood accents

Since leather is a natural material, it works well with other natural materials such as wood. Consider adding a wooden coffee table or bookshelves to the space.

Bring in plants

Adding plants to your living room is a great way to create a natural and calming vibe. When choosing plants for your living room, it's important to consider the amount of light and space available. You can also choose plants in different sizes and shapes to add some visual interest to the space.

10 ways to decorate around your brown leather sofa


Adding cushions to your brown leather sofa is a simple way to add a pop of color and texture to the space. It also creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere, giving you the ultimate lounge experience.

When using cushions, mix and match different patterns and materials, as seen on the Mateo Leather Sofa.

Choose sofa cushions in a variety of colors and textures, from neutral hues like cream or gray to bolder colors like navy or mustard. For texture, consider cushions in materials such as velvet or woven fabrics. You can also mix and match different patterns, such as stripes and florals, for a playful look.


@the.nkunims decorates the Madison Leather Chaise Sectional Sofa with a fur throw.

Adding throws to your brown leather sofa can help create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, as well as add some texture and color to the space. Choose throws in a material and color that complements the sofa, such as a wool throw in a neutral color or a patterned cotton throw in a bold hue.

Area rug

An area rug can help anchor the space and define the seating area around your brown leather sofa. When styling an area rug, consider the size of your living room and the size of your sofa. A larger rug can create a sense of spaciousness, while a smaller rug can create a cozy atmosphere.

With a large area rug, @thistle.harvest brings attention to the Madison Leather Sofa and two Pebble Armchairs.

Choose a rug in a neutral color, such as beige, gray, or cream, to complement the brown leather. Alternatively, choose a rug with a bold pattern, such as stripes or geometric shapes, to create visual interest and let your brown leather sofa take center stage.

Wall art

@laurenashleyhansen hangs small black and white wall art to complement the Jonathan Leather Sofa.

Hanging wall art in your living room can create a focal point and add some personality to the space. A large piece like a colorful abstract painting can create a statement; while a smaller collection of pieces such as black and white photographs can create a gallery wall.

Decorative items

Decorative items like a vase, books, candles and the Peri Coffee Table help create a layered look around the Mateo Leather Sofa.

Adding decorative objects to the living room with a brown leather sofa can help create a layered and interesting look. Consider using decor pieces in different materials and shapes, such as a brass vase, a wooden bowl, or a ceramic sculpture. For example, you can use a wooden tray to display other items like candles or books. These objects can be placed on shelves, coffee tables, or bookcases.

Coffee tables

A coffee table is an essential living room piece that can help anchor the seating area around the brown leather sofa and provide a space for drinks. You can decorate the coffee table with small potted plants, books, or candles.

The Cupid Coffee Table complements the Isaac Leather Reversible Sectional Sofa.

Choose a coffee table in a material and style that complements the sofa, such as a wooden table with a simple design or a metal table with a modern vibe.

Wall shelves

The navy accent wall shelves complement the Jonathan Leather Extended Sofa.

Wall shelves can be a great way to add some storage and display space to a living room with a brown leather sofa. You can choose shelves in materials and colors that complement the sofa, such as rustic wooden shelves or sleek metal shelves. Going for dark colors like navy or black can also create a stylish contrast with the sofa.


Lighting is an important element in any living room design. Choose table lamps or floor lamps in warm materials like wood or metal to complement the brown leather.

Brass-coated lighting complements the Mateo Leather Sofa.

You can also choose lamps with colored shades to add a pop of color to the space. For example, you can choose a lamp with a red or orange shade to complement the warm tones of the brown leather.


Adding curtains to your living room can help soften the space and create a more intimate atmosphere. When choosing curtains, consider the color and texture of your brown leather sofa.

Long drapey curtains complement the Madison Leather Armchair.

Choose curtains in a color and material that complements the brown leather sofa, such as white linen curtains for a breezy and light feel or deep blue velvet curtains for a luxurious look.


@thislittlelifewebuilt places a mirror with gold accents to complement the Jonathan Leather Sofa.

Last but not least, mirrors can help reflect light and create a sense of spaciousness in a living room. Hang a large mirror above or place the mirror beside the brown leather sofa to add visual interest to the space and help create the illusion of more square footage.

Decorating your living room around a brown leather sofa doesn’t have to be difficult. By following these tips and decor ideas, you can create a personalized and stylish living room with a brown leather sofa. Remember to balance the colors and textures in the space, and choose decor items that reflect your personal style and preferences.

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