There are several different types of brown leather sofa. Most types of brown leather sofa fall into one of two groupings: either light tan or dark chocolate. The color is often associated with the type of brown that gives you clues about what color will match your sofa, but there are no hard and fast rules. It all comes down to personal preference.
The first grouping consists mostly of lighter hues like honey, cream, beige and tans; the second grouping consists mostly of darker hues like milk chocolate, caramel, and dark cherry. With both groups, there are different shades within each group so there are more variations than just these generalizations provide. To help you know which colors look best on your sofa choose the category below that describes the color of your sofa the best.
- Light Tan or Beige: If you have a light tan or beige leather sofa, try pairing it with: cream, white and any other off-white colors; teal and aqua; and gold and yellow. Be aware that if you use darker colors like black or navy blue it will make the brown look even lighter in comparison so don’t go overboard. Also avoid reds because they’re too intense for this type of light colored brown leather sofa.
- Milk Chocolate Brown: If you have a milk chocolate brown sofa pair it with: dark blue; forest green; plum; orange; red; rust; purple; gold and yellow. Darker shades like charcoal grey work. In this case, black is fine.
- Dark Chocolate Brown: Pair a dark chocolate brown leather sofa with bright colors like red, orange and yellow; or much darker shades of blue or green. White can also be used but avoid pairing a very light shade of leather sofa because it will make the brown look even lighter in comparison so don’t go overboard. Also avoid light pinks and purples because they’re too intense for this type of dark colored brown leather sofa.
Brown Leather Sofa Color Matching Tips
If you have a honey, cream, tan or other light-brown color that isn’t quite an off-white nor a milk chocolate color then go with the lighter colors from each grouping above to match your sofa’s undertone which is grey, yellow or red.
If you have a light brown that is almost completely white then choose the lighter colors from each grouping above to match your sofa’s undertone which is gold, blue or orange. For an average brown color leather sofa use brighter hues to make it appear richer and darker go with more muted shades. Avoid pairing similar tones because they could cause one shade to be washed out by another.
If you are getting new furniture try different colored throw pillows on your existing furniture before making any final decisions about buying new furniture. You can also change lighting fixtures for a whole new look that changes what you see in the room without spending much money at all.