Thursday, January 7, 2016


At this time of year when we're all craving a fresh, clean look, I thought I'd share a few tips and tricks for how to visually lighten up dark furniture.  For durability and ease of care, you really can't beat leather furniture.  No wonder it's such a popular choice!  

However, if you've ever owned a piece of dark brown furniture like I do, at times they can seem to demand all of the attention in the room.  If you're ready to freshen up the look and feel of your dark furniture, try one of these tricks: 

Simply covering up a portion of the leather lightens it up, adds interest, and distracts the eye from the darker color.

Life on Virginia Street


House Tweaking

Light colored pillows, the more the better, become the star of the show with the dark leather playing the supporting role.  A patterned pillow helps attract the eye even more.

Pottery Barn

The TomKat Studio

Even with dark furniture, using lighter colors on the walls, rug, other furniture and/or drapery can produce a light, soothing visual effect.

Thoughts From Alice

The White Buffalo Styling Company

The Inspired Room

One last idea to lighten up dark furniture... have the cushion reupholstered- although a light cushion might defeat your whole purpose of stain-resistant leather!  Still, it's a thought. :)

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  1. Great tips! Our first sofa was dark leather and I felt like I was always fighting to lighten it up!

  2. This is something I definitely need to do. Our two leather chairs are like a dark hole in the room!

  3. I love my two leather chairs, but like you, love to use throws and pillows to lighten them up a little. Great tips.

  4. Great tips Jennifer, need to do this for our leather sectional in the basement!


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