June 24, 2013

Tips for "Brightening Up" a Dark Sofa

I love how my dark brown leather sofa wears.  Kid spills something on it?  Wipe it right up!   Dog jumps on the sofa?  Dog hair is wiped or vacuumed with ease.  What I don't love is how dark it makes my room feel.  I would love to have a Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa (or even an Ikea knock-off).  Like this....(sigh)

Pottery Barn
But these boys and dogs are probably going to stick around a while, so I try to come up with washable ways to lighten up the look of the sofa we are sticking with for the foreseeable future.  My first tip is throw pillows.  I might have a slight throw pillow obsession. They are affordable and fun to change with the seasons.  The other main element to lightening the look is adding a throw.  This one happens to be a twin size quilt purchased at TJ Maxx.  I love how cozy it makes the room feel.

The other thing to take into consideration is the other elements in the room.  My walls are a light tan and the rug is also light colored.  Those elements go a long way in lightening the overall feel.

Next, I plan to lighten the back of those bookshelves behind the sofa with some fabric covered foam board.  Stay tuned!!


  1. I KNOW exactly how you feel. I have dreamed of white slipcovered sofas my whole life (okay for at least 12 years) and have lived with dark leather instead for practicality. Always the quest to lighten things up... Your lovely quilt and throw pillows certainly do so, and the chunky shape of your sofa is so lovely. Can't wait to see the bookshelves!

  2. I have the same situation happening at soooo tempted to buy a white slipcovered sofa but im scared my 1 yr old son and nephews will ruin it lol. Instead i have to live with dark leather sofas. I too bought colored pillows to brighten it up a bit. Im planning on buying white throws to lighten it even more and make it more cozy.

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  4. I love your leather sofa colors!! Where did you get that blanket? I've been looking for one like that!

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