The undertones in brown leather furniture gives you multiple color options when decorating.

Decorating Colors That Go With Brown Leather Furniture

by Anya Deason

From old world styles to sleek modern sectionals, brown leather furniture adds more to your decor than ease of maintenance. Leather furniture's hardy surface texture gives it durability that allows it to withstand the wear and tear of your children and family living. When selecting wall, decoration and accent colors to coordinate with your leather furnishings, keep in mind the visual weight of leather couches, sectionals, chairs or ottomans. Pick colors that equalize, complement or highlight the rich, textured hue of leather. Identify your furniture's undertones -- the underlying hue bias -- to make it easier to select colors that balance your brown leather furnishings with other decor elements in your home.

Orange-Brown Leather

A sofa and chair in a fiery orange-brown emits a strong visual pull in a room. Because blue complements orange, medium blue-gray or green-gray walls provide a good backdrop for your orange-brown leather furniture. For a sophisticated and modern look, choose dark warm-gray walls to balance your furniture's intense colors with strong, dark tones. Rolled shades in textured orange-brown relate to the furniture and orange-brown wood floors. Dark, warm-gray lampshades correspond with wall colors, and a textured, warm-gray rug with a geometric pattern completes the look.

Chocolate-Brown Leather

An effective wall color contrasts with the strong tones of a chocolate-brown leather furniture without a stark, harsh effect. Since chocolate-brown generally has a red undertone, medium green-grays complement your furniture as do blue-grays. Chocolate-brown is also striking in a warm, analogous scheme that features color wheel neighbors. A distressed, chocolate-brown sofa and chair set with rolled arms and nail-head trim coordinates with yellow-ochre, stuccoed walls. Consider curtains in an Indian-red and yellow ochre pattern. An oriental rug in yellow ochre and Indian-red coordinates with your furniture as do accent pillows in the same colors.

Umber Leather

While many leather sofas have orange undertones, some contain an umber hue with a green undertone. Since the green undertone is often subtle, a good way to identify an umber leather sofa involves comparing it to tan fabric in the same tone. A modern, umber leather sofa or chair coordinates well with light earthen red or light adobe walls. Walls in light coral offer contrast to umber leather furnishings, while also connecting to the orange undertones in wood flooring. Textured accent pillows in coral coordinates well as do simple, umber curtain panels. Add decor accents in coral, dark umber and olive to finish the look.

Tan Leather

Tan leather furnishings have a versatile orange undertone, which coordinates with a wide range of darker hues. Medium green-grays, blue-grays and warm-grays offer contrast as well as analogous colors, such as Indian-red. Achieve an interesting textural effect with a tinted plaster or stucco wall in tan, which blends with traditional tan leather furniture. Wide, white crown molding links to white and olive floral upholstery on a formal accent chair with curved cabriole legs. Linen curtain panels in olive, along with olive lampshades and accent pillows provide crisp contrast. A skirted olive ottoman adds the finishing touch.

About the Author

Based in Franklin, Tenn., Anya Deason has more than 15 years of decor-related experience, assisting leading interior designers and owning a custom frame shop. While working at Lyzon Gallery in 1999, she wrote descriptions of artwork for Sotheby's online auctions. Deason holds a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Technological University.

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