3 ways to style a leather sofa

8/04/2016 12:00:00 pm HELEN STILES 0 Comments

Just thought I'd share a little design inspiration today – 3 different ways to style a leather sofa. I have a bit of a thing for leather sofas, particularly low, mid-century style ones. They are timeless, go with everything and are virtually indestructible (although that's not a challenge I'll be setting my 3 kids, who I'm sure could prove me wrong on that last point). Leather is pretty much a neutral in my book, so you may as well have fun accessorising and changing things up every now and again.

I am yet to own a fabulous vintage tan leather sofa, but luckily, my stylish friends let me 'borrow' theirs for an afternoon! So here are 3 different looks for one cool sofa.


You can never go wrong with a monochrome scheme, but this is lifted and kept fresh with the addition of some greenery. Real greenery is great (i.e. add some plants) but that large palm-leaf print cushion adds some real zing too.


This one is perfect for a summer room, if you like a little boho style! The vintage indigo cushions add texture and a good denim-blue base for the colour elsewhere. A vintage mossy-indigo throw over the sofa arm adds a nice bit of texture too. Tan leather and indigo is a no-brainer...it's like your favourite jeans and leather jacket/belt combo – laid-back and understated but always in style. The striped rug is actually a Peruvian frazada blanket – these are so thick and well woven that they work really well as rugs, provided you add an underlay.  Sometimes you really need a square rug, but they tend to be hard to find, so a frazada is a great alternative to consider.  Check out our instagram competition for your chance to win one of these frazada blankets later today: https://www.instagram.com/hideandseeklondon/


Finally, this darker styling maximises texture. The cowhide cushions and chunky knit merino wool throw add plenty of softness to the smooth leather. An odd number of cushions nearly always looks better than even – 3 or 5 depending on the size of your sofa. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the first 2 styles actually have 4 cushions each, gah! They still work as the styling is asymmetrical and there is a mix of sizes and shapes. What are rules for if not to be broken?)

All cushions and throws are available in our shop www.hideandseek.london.

I'd love to know which look you like best, and don't forget to check out the instagram competition for your chance to win that frazada!

All photography Carole Poirot for Hide & Seek London.