Leather Sofas vs. Fabric Sofas

When shopping for a new sofa, the first question many people wonder is whether to choose leather or fabric.

The sofa is such an integral part of our home life, the place where we relax after a long day’s work or where we gather in the evenings to entertain guests. So it makes sense that we spend some time weighing the positives and negatives of leather and fabric sofas.

A sofa is a great investment; a good quality couch will last you for years, so it’s important that you choose one that is suited to your home and your lifestyle.

Find out the pros and cons of leather vs fabric sofas with this helpful guide and figure out which option will suit your living room best.


Fabric Sofas

Fabric sofas create an inviting atmosphere. They come in a huge range of colours and patterns, which makes it easy for you to find one that suits your interior décor.

When choosing a fabric sofa, you need to consider how much time you will want to spend on maintenance and cleaning. It’s also good to spare a thought for the durability of the sofa.

It is recommended you spend a little extra on a fabric sofa to ensure it has a strong frame and high-quality fabric. This will ensure your sofa will last and look better for longer.



When it comes to cleaning your sofa, fabric sofas may need more cleaning than leather sofas, but they are easy to maintain. You can use simple soap and water to clean or purchase upholstery cleaner from the supermarket for a more rigorous clean.

You can also guard fabric sofas against stains using a stain protector spray. Steam cleaning yearly can also ensure it lasts longer.



Pets and children will have an effect on the life expectancy of your sofa. Expect a good dose of staining with little children around, while pet hair may require a vigorous vacuum to lift. Cats may be the worst enemy of fabric sofas; if untrained, their claws can loose threads and quickly shred your couch.

Allergens, like pet dander and dust, can also collect in the fabric of your sofa, so cleaning is particularly important if you have allergies.

How to Style Your Fabric Sofa

Patterned sofas can go out of fashion, so a single colour sofa coupled with colourful and patterned cushions will make rejigging your décor easier.

Discover more about selecting and arranging sofa cushions and start bringing your living room to life!

Leather Sofas


Leather sofas are durable and can often last longer than your average fabric sofa. A quality leather sofa will keep their shape and looks for years to come.

With a leather sofa, you won’t have to worry about messy kids or clumsy adults. Cleaning leather is simple, with a quick wipe and a little dusting.

Lighter leather sofas are less stain resistant but still easier to clean than a white fabric sofa. However, you will still need to practice some occasional maintenance to keep it looking fabulous. You will need to regularly moisturise the leather to keep it soft and in good nick.



Leather sofas are hypoallergenic. However, even though leather sofas won’t hold on to pet dander and hair, leather sofas are not recommended for owners of unruly pets. Scratches from boisterous dogs and cats will be difficult to fix.

If your dog is well-trained and isn’t one to jump on the sofa, a leather sofa can be a good option for dog owners.

Are Leather Sofas Cold in Winter?

A common query is whether leather sofas are cold or warmer to sit in than fabric couches. The answer isn’t easy to provide. A leather sofa will reflect the room temperature or your body temperature.

On a cold day, a leather sofa can be cold to the touch, but under a warm throw blanket it will warm up to a comfortable temperature.

On a hot day, with no air conditioning, your leather sofa might heat up, causing you to sweat and stick to the leather. But if your house is climate-controlled you will find yourself perfectly comfortable.

How to Style a Leather Sofa to Your Room

Leather comes in all sorts of colours these days, but a neutral leather palette will go with most decors. A leather sofa offers elegance and sophistication to a living room. In fact, it’s a sleek and chic addition to any room, whether it’s your bedroom, your dining room, or your lounge room.

In the end, the right decision depends on you, your household and your lifestyle. Brosa has a huge range of sofas available in vibrant fabric and luxurious leather. Browse our impressive designer furniture range online at Brosa today.

Dining Room Styles & Colours 2017

The dining room is a key part of every great home. It’s where the family meets to share a meal at the end of the day, it’s where we hold our dinner parties, and where we celebrate the holidays.

Dining room furniture should be stylish yet comfortable. It should be an inviting space where people want to sit and enjoy each other’s company. So, if your dining room is being neglected, maybe it’s time for a redesign.

This 2017 Dining Room Style Guide will turn your drab dining room into a chic space perfect for enjoying good food and great conversation.

Dining Room Furniture Styles

Collate a gallery of your favourite dining room style ideas, either in a scrapbook or on Pinterest. You might realise that the photos your eye is drawn to most share some of the same elements.

Choosing a style from the outset will make sure your design remains coherent and beautiful. Here are the most popular dining room style trends of the moment…

Classic Dining Rooms

You can’t go wrong with a classic dining room style. Classic dining rooms feature elegant trestle tables, made from natural elements like timber.

Chairs have wooden frames and are upholstered with fine fabrics and leather. Little details and embellishments make all the difference in a classic dining room.

Mid-Century Dining Rooms

For a retro-chic finish, a Mid-Century Modern design is for you. Mid-Century Modern is minimalist with simple designs that look formal while maintaining functionality.

Geometric shapes and asymmetrical designs are popular Mid-Century choices and will make for a captivating dining room style.

Scandinavian Dining Rooms

Scandinavian design has been a staple since the thirties. It continues to influence design today so it’s easy to create the perfect Scandinavian dining room.

Light coloured wood, and neutral palettes offer a fresh and minimalist dining room. The most popular Scandinavian designs today are striking and have natural shapes and lines.

Contemporary Dining Rooms

Contemporary design embraces all the best elements of past design, from Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern, Industrial, and traditional designs.

Contemporary dining room styles use light or dark woods or powder-coated steel to create smooth, elegant lines. Neutral palettes are coupled with splashes of colour from colourful fabric, artwork or greenery.

Dining Room Colour Palettes

In 2017, colours trends will draw inspiration from our natural environment. From natural greens and luminous blues, to floral-inspired pinks and yellows.

Draw inspiration for your dining room palette from your garden or check out Pantone’s Colour Reports for 2017.

Green and blue offers an invigorating palette. Teal green and yellow will look chic, as will pink neutrals with pops of green from beautiful indoor plants.

There are many ways to incorporate colour into your dining room. Add splashes of colour or choose block colours. A neutral palette with a single, bright colour will look distinctive.

Choosing coloured upholstery for your dining room chairs can be fun, but remember to choose a timeless colour to avoid having to reupholster later.

Colourful artwork can add vibrancy to your dining room. Tie in the colours of artwork by adding matching-coloured crockery, napkins or flowers to a table setting.

Changing colour palettes in your dining room is easy with your choice of rotating accessories. Change your palette seasonally or according to holidays.

A neutral canvas is easiest to work with, then add colour in the form of table cloths and centrepieces, knick-knacks, rugs and artwork.

Arranging Your Dining Room

There are many things to consider when arranging your dining room. If it isn’t arranged well, guests might feel cramped or uncomfortable, food might be hard to serve, and conversation strained.

Before you purchase your dining room furniture you will need to consider your dining room size. Take out the measuring tape and figure out what size table will fit in your dining room.

A dining room table should allow for a perimeter of about a metre wide. This will allow guests to pull their chairs in and out easily and move around the table freely. A place setting should be reasonably sized.

A rectangular table with the dimensions of 160 cm by 80 cm will generally seat 6 people. A round table with a diameter of 120 cm can seat 4 to 6 people more if it’s extendable.

Extendable tables are a great option for people who want to save space when they aren’t entertaining. A bench seat is also a great option to save space.

Eye-Catching Essentials

The most important thing to remember when designing any room is that you must follow your own sense of style. Individuality will never go out of fashion!

So don’t feel the need to conform to design rules. Mix and match different coloured woods and styles. Find creative new ways to incorporate colour into your dining room.

An eye-catching rug will add a dash of style to your dining room. Artwork that elicits conversation is highly valuable. And don’t forget that you will need a beautiful dinner set to go with your stunning new dining room.

For stunning dining room furniture that will refresh and revive your living space, browse our designer furniture range today.

Create Your Endless Summer

As the deliciously warm months start to give way to the cooler days of winter, it can feel as if the sun is setting over summer too soon. Creating your own slice of summer at home with bright colours and fresh designs is an easy way to keep the sun shining all year around. Be inspired to create your own summer getaway with our endless summer collection or these simple tips…



Brighten the Indoors


Just like picking the perfect song, or indulging in a sweat treat, colours can have powerful emotional effects. Turning a room into an escape from the winter blues can be as easy as choosing accent colours that bring back those warm summery feelings.


Alessia Accent Chair





Tired and dreading the week to come? The cure can be found in a touch of red. Used sparsely red accents will infuse a burst of optimism and energy into living areas. Red velvet as seen in the Alessia Accent Chair, elegantly reflects the indulgence of summer and transforms the room into somewhere you’ll want to be; rain, hail, or even shine.
Percy 3 Seater Sofa
An exotic paradise is always within reach with the use of burnt orange, bathing the room in a tropical glow. Whether centred on a sofa, or dappled throughout the space using ottomans and wall art, this cheerful colour will make every day feel like a hazy vacation.



Spacecraft Handloom Aquamarine Cushion



The ultimate coastal tone, turquoise is reflective of tranquil oceans and picture perfect skies. A beautifully bold statement colour, include accessories such as the Spacecraft Handloom Aquamarine Cushion to balance the vibrant theme throughout the room.





 Amber Armchair


Teal is a sophisticated way to bring the serenity of summer nights into your bedroom or living area. Easily adaptable, match with muted tones for a laid-back atmosphere, or accent with brighter colours like, pinks, oranges and yellows for a lively infusion.
 Camilla 3 Seater Sofa
To give a space gentle invigoration, use lush pinks as seen with the Camilla 3 Seater Sofa. Providing a summery blush, pink does not have to overpower the space and can add a subtle warmth on the coolest of days.





Farnham Armchair



Reminiscent of stunning sunsets, purple is a vibrant edition to any room. For a tropical feel match with green accents and bold prints, or keep it simple with creams and pinks for a pleasant glow.



Monstera Print




Bring nature in 


Adding a touch of greenery will infuse a breath of fresh air into any space, from living rooms to bathrooms. A perfect match to any colour scheme, indoor plants are visually pleasing, bringing the feel of leafy parks right into the home. If you lack a green thumb, low maintenance plants like succulents are perfect, or simply bring green into your home through your choice of furniture and accessories like the Monstera Print





 Cato Sideboard



Make the most of natural light 


Changing darker coloured walls to simple shades of white will reflect and prolong your hours of daylight. Create a warm environment by replacing dark window trimmings and heavy blinds with lighter alternates, drawing sunlight into the room. A handy tick is to clean your windows to maximise natural light!





Tenerife Outdoor Lounge



Enjoy outdoors all year around


Outdoor entertainment doesn’t have to be limited to summer barbeques. Take advantage of a beautiful outdoor space all year by transforming it into a reading nook, or an outdoor table setting. Use throw rugs and lots of pillows to give your outdoor setting a cosy feel, or even bring indoor furniture outside to provide a more comfortable place to soak up the winter sun.





 Spacecraft Pillows



Pile on pillows 

Cushions are a great way to play around with colour and add a bit of fun with funky patterns. Create harmony in your room by pulling together your summer colour palette, featuring your choice of accent colours. Whether you love a cosy pile or a carefully curated selection, mix and match from a selection of plush fabrics and unique prints.
 Parc Chest of Drawers



Light and white wood


Clean and declutter living areas for a sense of calm, opting for white, or light wood furniture. Crisp and simple designs like the Parc Chest of Drawers will help open spaces and invite even more light into the room.
Lottie Daybed

Summer escape


With modern day life becoming ever busier, relaxation shouldn’t just be left to vacations. Daybeds create a getaway that is always available and add a sense of comfort to any room. Whether you utilise an accent colour, or decorate with rugs and cushions, daybeds will give your room the feeling of a luxurious hotel.





Lennox Armchair



Art splash 


Tie in your summer accents by choosing artwork that flirts with colour and shapes. Flourish your space with bright abstract prints, or stunning pictures of sun-soaked landscapes. When choosing your wall art remember to reflect on what type of summer feeling you’re trying to inspire and don’t be afraid to get creative.
Now, create your endless summer by choosing colours.