This Post May Contain Affiliate Links. Please Read Our Disclosure Policy.
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.

Leather Recliners (affiliate link)

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.

Leather Recliners (affiliate link)

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. :)

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png

Would you like to comment?

  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!

  5. Where did you purchase your leather chairs? I'm looking for comforterable leather recliners without the overstuffed puffy look. I want a tailored look like yours. Thanks!

    1. Hi there! I purchased them at a local furniture store years ago that is no longer in business. However, I located them online and added in the link underneath the photo in the post above. We've been really happy with the quality, style, and comfort.

  6. Hello- I am trying to find the cream pillows with black border in the Pottery barn picture. Where can I purchase those?
    Thank you

    1. Hi there, I don't really know, I just used the photo for inspiration. But, I would think maybe Pottery Barn? ;)


Thanks so much for leaving a comment, they make my day! If you have a specific question, please make sure to check back here as I will respond in the thread, or leave your e-mail so that I can respond personally. Or, email me directly to address in "Contact" section at top.