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It’s a bit of an understatement to say that leather is less-than-popular choice with a lot of people in (and out of) the design community. And I know I’m going to get gutted for even considering this publicly, but I wanted to be honest about something we’re thinking about for our living room and would love to get some opinions on the pros and cons of leather sofas.
Now that Aaron and I both work from home, we’ve had to get really realistic about the way we use our space. I’d love to say that we always eat at a dining table and never drink colored liquids near our furniture, but we’re pretty much couch potatoes when it comes to all meals of the day. I’m hoping that will change when we have a porch to eat on, but the reality of our situation is that we both eat, and spill, on the sofa on a regular basis. Our green polka dotted sofa has been fairly forgiving over the years, camouflaging various soda and sandwich spills. But lately the spills have started to add up (several coats of Scotchgard) and the cats have had their way with the arms so it’s time to get something new.
I’d been hemming and hawing over fabric choices for the sectional until I came across an image (top) of a gorgeous caramel colored leather sofa from Perch in Portland. I’ve had a weakness for caramel colored sofas for a while now and when I imagined something that color in our new (mostly white and black) space, it seemed like the perfect color and material solution: something warm and rich but also helpful with spills and pet hair.
I know a lot of you (including large parts of myself) aren’t ok with leather in any form so I understand and apologize if the idea of it is too offensive to even consider. But I’d like to think this out a bit and see if it’s worth pursuing at all. So, to those of you with leather sofas (or if you’ve ever had one): what are the pros and cons? I know what the ethical cons are, but I’d love to hear what the practical pros and cons are, too. Thanks guys- xo, grace