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Make a Statement With a Black Leather Sofa

Like a black dress or pair of pants, a black sofa can be coupled with almost anything. And decorating with a black sofa has never been easier with these top tips and tricks.

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Black and nearly black sofas offer a high degree of drama for your decorating dollar. Because of their ebony hues and physical mass, they contribute look-at-me silhouettes that stand as living and family room focal points. Happily, black sofas perform as adaptable neutrals that amiably partner with a wide array of colors and patterns and work in designs ranging from country to contemporary. Here’s what you need to consider when choosing items to go with your black sofa.

Gray Wall Colors And Black Sofas in living room

Because coal and charcoal hued sofas are “go big or go home” design choices, they deserve a place in the limelight. There’s no better way to showcase their profiles than by using a high-contrast wall color. But, before choosing your paint color, formulate a color palette for decorating the room; then, carry a version of one of those shades onto the wall. Generally, laid-back paint colors, such as pearly gray, pastel peach, creamy yellow, sky blue, and lighter earth tones, let black sofas shine while adding hints of color and warmth to space.

But, if you like spicier room designs, paint walls clear and crisp hues, such as lemon yellow, lime green, cherry red, cantaloupe, periwinkle blue, or hot pink. Forget about bright whites because the contrast between sofa and wall may appear stark and chilling. Stay away from black-shaded paint colors, such as forest green, navy, or burgundy, to avoid creating a black-hole effect between the wall and the sofa.

Fabrics, Furnishings and Black Sofas

In addition to the wall color, choose fabrics and furnishings with breezy patterns and lightweight profiles to counterweight a dark sofa’s substantial presence. Solid black sofas will partner nicely with any fabrics that work with your decorating style, but consider introducing black-and-white prints as upholstery and accent fabrics. These high-contrast fabric designs, whether awning striped, animal print, or classic toile, make an impact when arranged alongside a black sofa.

If your black sofa is covered in a patterned textile rather than a solid, introduce smaller-scaled fabric patterns on accent pieces, such as ottomans or side chairs. Add a sense of buoyancy by incorporating wood furniture with light-to-medium stained finishes, pieces with painted or lacquered surfaces, glass-topped metal tables, and woven wicker or rattan chairs.

Accessories and Black Sofas Keeping Busy

Boost the bright with favorite collections, vibrant artworks, patterned or shaggy area rugs, and window fabrics boasting touches of black or dark gray that tie into your sofa and upholstery fabrics. Starting with a black sofa makes decorating a bit more fun because the neutral furnishing allows you to change our accessories as seasons shift or whenever the mood strikes.

If you like living in chromatic spaces, distribute your favorite hues around the room via vivid accessories, boldly patterned throw pillows, and accent furniture with colorful finishes.

Make a Statement With a Black Leather Sofa


As a rule of thumb, choose two to three base colors to accent your couch and unify the space. Bright, bold colors such as red or orange really pop against a black leather couch. Alternatively, you can take a subdued, modern route and go monochrome by choosing varying shades of gray. To soften the bold effect of a black couch, choose pale, light accent colors, such as blue-gray, mauve, or seafoam green. If you want even more boldness, add striking contrast to the room with white walls and black accents — for instance, a black wall with a wide window opens up the vista even further.


Supplement your black leather sofa with throw pillows, ideally in two colors to match your chosen scheme. For additional unity, use matching pillows on other furniture, such as chairs or divans. While individual, solid-colored pillows should reflect the color of the walls or offsetting colors, throw rugs should contain all the colors of your room’s color scheme.

Surrounding Furniture

If you’re concerned about a black leather couch giving the room a hard-edged feel, soften it up by accenting it with wood-finished end and coffee tables. Select furniture that complements your couch; if your couch is modern with clean lines, choose furniture with equally simple lines, or accent a curvy couch with rounded furniture. Balance the couch with a piece of complementary furniture across space, such as a leather chair or ottoman.


Light wood floors offset black leather by lending the space an airy, open feeling. Metals make an excellent complement to black leather — if your room features metal, choose matte-finished metals rather than shiny metal to encourage a warm tone, but always match the metal. Break up a solid black couch and give the space a little spice with textures and patterns of your choice.