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How to Decorate With Black Leather Sofas and Espresso Tables

The warm, rich look of a leather-upholstered seat is at once both upscale and totally fit for full family lounging. Here are 10 high-quality black leather sofas for dressing up your den.

1) Poundex F7894 Bobkona Medora Faux Leather | 2) Poundex F7855 Leather 2 Piece Sofa | 3) Best Choice Products Sofa Bed | 4) DHP Emily Convertible Futon Couch Bed | 5) Merax Pu Leather Sofa Bed | 6) Poundex Leather 2-Piece Sectional Sofa | 7) Homelegance Accent Sectional Sofa | 8) DHP Black Faux Leather | 9) Coaster Home Furnishings Transitional Motion Sofa | 10) MCM Barcelona Style Pavilion Chair |

Black leather sofas give a modern, upscale appearance to a room. Adding espresso accent tables accentuates the contemporary feel. Designing a room with black and espresso requires a decorating balance that can be achieved with color, light, contrast and texture. Otherwise, the room can appear depressingly dark and sterile, creating a cold, unwelcoming atmosphere.

The Lighting

Natural light and contrasting colors help to brighten a room furnished with a black leather sofa and accent tables in espresso, a deep brown that appears almost black. Allow natural light to stream inside a room by removing heavy window treatments. Applying window film to bare windows can keep the room feeling airy and spacious.

Window tint can also protect the leather upholstery and wooden tables from damaging ultraviolet rays. Painting the walls a light, neutral color — such as crisp white, light gray or soft beige — provides a striking contrast against the dark furniture. A light paint color also helps to brighten the space, reflecting natural and artificial light.

The Sofa

Dress up a black leather sofa with color and texture. White fabric toss pillows add a stark contrast against the black leather. Faux fur leopard or zebra fabrics lend an eclectic feel to toss pillows and furniture throws. Lay a matching zebra or leopard print rug in front of the sofa to intensify the effect. Bold, bright hues — such as turquoise, orange and red — add lively visual interest to toss pillows.

Hanging an oversize abstract painting with similar bright colors above the sofa helps to unify a bold color scheme. Sofas upholstered in a glossy black leather designed with sleek, straight lines convey a cutting-edge contemporary look. Tufted-back sofas in a matte black leather constructed with rounded corners impart a sophisticated, modern flair.

The Tables

Espresso accent tables intensify the modern feel in a room when combined with a black leather sofa. Shiny chrome handles or knobs add a contemporary sparkle against the dark-colored tables. Brushed nickel hardware contributes a toned-down modern elegance. Accent a black-and-white-themed room with white ceramic tabletop lamps set on espresso end tables.

Continue the palette by placing white vases, bowls, picture frames, candles or other decorative items atop an espresso coffee table. Shiny metal lamps and silvery accessories add a sparkling touch to dark tables. Scatter bold-colored accessories on top of espresso tables to enhance a bright color scheme.

Creating Harmony

Create design harmony by threading touches of the black and espresso colors throughout the room. Hang a large mirror with a wide black frame on a wall to tie the dark sofa and tables together. An arrangement of black-and-white photographs in matching black frames provides visual interest to a wall, as well as creating a harmonious feel.

Black or espresso bookcases against a light-colored wall provide vertical storage while weaving the dark colors throughout the room. Include upholstered chairs in a black-and-white or black and bold-colored fabric in your furniture arrangement to add additional seating and pleasing harmony.

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