It’s fall, football season and time for entertaining to come back indoors.

Is your family room ready for the big game, Thanksgiving and the holidays? If not, you still have time to refurbish and refurnish before the season slips away.

Fall weather always makes me think of beautiful, rich, leather furniture. A classic, leather furniture is always in vogue. It’s durable and easy to care for. Drips and spills are not a problem for most leather surfaces making it a great choice for sold out game day.

If you’ve steered away from buying leather furniture because your memories are jammed packed with visions of big, oversized, dark, bulky sectionals and grand papa’s recliners fear not. Today’s furniture manufacturers have totally revamped this important category.

This is not to say that you won’t still find large, oversized leather pieces at your big discount or department stores. Most of what you find in these retail outlets are imported from China or Mexico and come with little or no options. But if you broaden your search you will find great examples of highly, stylized leather pieces at affordable prices.


Bernhardt

What sets current furniture designs apart from those overstuffed, puffy leather sofa’s and recliners of yesterday are colors and upholstery detailing. Quality furniture manufacturers offer hundreds of attractive leather colors and textures. Some of today’s most popular colors include, butterscotch, celadon green, pale gray and teal. Metallic finishes have also added a new diminish to leather. It’s easy to brighten a darker shade by simply adding a metallic shine to the surface.

Upholstery details are key to updating leather styles. Before oversized, rolled arms and exaggerated headrests were common features but now sofas and chairs with track style arms are sleeker and more tailored. Tufting and pleats soften the look of traditional leather pieces especially for occasional chairs. Piping and nailheads complete the look.

Texture has become one of the biggest buzzword in today’s decorator dialogue. You don’t have to give up texture when you select leather. Lexington Furniture’s Axis leather chair features lush alligator patterned, gray metallic leather cushions trimmed with black piping. The exposed wood arms and base are stained in a luxuriant, black finish.

The prominence of wood, metal and unexpected material used for arms and bases when mixed with leather reduces the visual size of the furniture piece and adds interest. Bernhardt Furniture’s Elka occasional chair features faux horn arms and legs. The wide seat and perfectly positioned back make the chair as comfortable as it is sophisticated.

The Cohen side chair from Bernhardt is available in chrome or black iron finish. For a fun change of direction consider using the hide side of the leather instead of the traditional hairless side.

Tufted upholstery techniques add bravura to a leather sofa, chair or ottoman. Lexington’s Kendrick chair features a tufted, lower back with small-rolled arms accented with self-piping and nailheads. Pair it with a matching ottoman and you’ll have as much comfort as any recliner without donating the room.

When it comes to sofas, instead of choosing a style that features bulky headrest, consider a sofa with detached back cushions. They are more tailored and just as comfortable. Low, or track arms keep the style more contemporary and fashionable.

Don’t go overboard with too much leather. If you’re selecting a leather sofa, pair it with fabric chairs or a fabric sofa works wonderfully with a pair of leather side chairs. Breakup the large leather surfaces by adding textured throw pillows.

If you just want a touch of leather, trade your coffee table for a large leather ottoman.

Shop now and order your new leather furniture so you’ll be ready for the weekend crowd. But be prepared, come this fall when the big game is on, everyone will want to cozy down on that new leather furniture. So stake out your claim early.