Decorating with Brown Couches

If you’re anything like me, over the last couple of years you’re starting to get a little white couch envy.  It seems like every living room I obsess over these days looks nothing like my own (I happen to own two very over-sized brown leather couches).  My eyes are drawn to the relaxed look of those natural linen couches, or the beautiful creamy nail-studded ones that seem to go with everything and lighten up every room.

Replacing or recovering my dark leather couches is not an option.  They really are beautiful couches and at the end of the day I still love them, they  just don’t seem to be whats “trending” at the moment.  So while I’ve been on my own hunt for brown couch inspiration, I figured it would be a good time to share some of the photos and ideas I have found around the web in hopes to inspire someone else to once again love your brown couches and give them a modern edge.

1. Bring in a colorful ascent

Brown Leather Couches
Decorating with Brown Couches
Decorating with Brown Couches

Decorating with Brown Couches

2. Keep things more monochromatic with pops of ivory and cream

Decorating with brown sofas
Modernize brown sofas
Decorating with brown leather
Brighten brown couches
Decorating with brown couches

The Painted Hive via Pinterest

Decorating with brown couches

Brown Design Inc

3. Mix in metals and different textures of woods to create a rustic/industrial feel.

brown Leather couch

via Pinterest

Brown Leather couch

Restoration Hardware

Brighten up brown leather

via Pinterest

4. Embrace the green and bring in some nature via plants or prints

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Decorate brown leather couch
Brown Leather couch

5. Add in some animal prints or fur which can be a perfect compliment to rich brown leather.

Brown sofa
Animal prints and brown leather
animal prints and brown couches

As you probably noticed, a lot of these concepts layered on top of each other which is a perfect.  I’ve recently started to implement some of these ideas into my own space

First up…project re-cover ottoman!

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40 thoughts on “Decorating with Brown Couches

  1. Garden, Home and Party

    What a good idea. I know there have been times where while perusing the many blog sites I visit, I become discontented with my own home. Not seriously so, but just questioning my “look”. This reminds me that there are beautiful rooms that reflect all of our styles, not just what’s trending. I’ll keep this in mind next time I begin to get restless with my home! 😀

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks for the nice message Karen. It is so easy to get trapped by all these fantastic rooms spread around Pinterest, etc. But my house, as much as I love it, is very lived it. Even without children, its alawys been a comfortable home. And while I love picking up a few funky printed pillows from time to time, most of its very traditional and reflects who I am and what I love, not whats necessarily in the magazines.

  2. Christine

    I love my leather living room furniture. Sadly, the kids loved it even more than I did and it has been destroyed. Leather (sorry cows) is one of those materials that is mostly kid-friendly and I love the look. I have never been one to want a white couch, even when I was childless. So excited to your transformation evolving. Thanks for sharing the ‘brown couch saga’. :)

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I couldn’t agree more Christine, these leather couches have really held up to our son and they are the pre-treated ones so they purposefully show every scratch which kind of makes me love them more. They are very weathered, but the look works for them. Its nice to dream of a white room, but I know it wouldn’t stand a chance with my little guy either. Happy to hear we share the same love for our brown couches!

  3. Jennifer

    Nice post! Emily Clark is a hosting a decorating with what you got link party pretty soon—you should join! My next couch is gonna be brown leather, I don’t care if it’s not the latest trend!

  4. vel

    I still love our brown leather sectional although in my formal living room, I also adore the coziness of my white sofa. I think all your ideas are excellent things to keep what you have posted, no matter what the trend is, what’s important is YOU love what you have! Have a nice day dear!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Couldn’t agree more Vel. I sometimes get drawn to what is trendy and hot in the market these days, but my home is very practical and I still love my big brown couches. They have survived quite a beating with my 3 year old, and yet to me they look better with age.

  5. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    We have brown couches! So, of course, I was drawn in by this post. I was also happy to see that without really being intentional about it, we’re implementing the first three tips you shared. Our accent color is blue, which is on our walls, throw blanket, and vase. Neutrals show up in our IKEA area rug and expedit baskets. And we of course have our black distressed wood table along with a wood coffee table to add some different textures and a more “hip” vibe.

    While I think white couches LOOK awesome, I know they’re a bear when it comes to cleaning…so perhaps we can work with our brown couches and make the most of them. Thanks for helping me feel better about them!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I loved doing this post because I’ve found I’m not the only one holding on to (and still loving) my big brown beasts. So happy to hear you’ve found a way to work with them in your decor. I think think combining the blues, neutrals and those distressed pieces sound lovely.

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