Leather in Colour

The influence of the 1970s is visible in the now popular ochres, oranges and browns. Also in style are shades associated with royalty, such as emerald green, midnight blue and purple. Another colour trend that began a few years ago and seems to be enjoying a long life is pastel colours, which are also omnipresent in the realms of fashion and design. But there is one colour that is definitely leading the trend in coloured leather right now and for years to come… In the modern furniture industry, that colour is cognac. A rich, deep and luminous colour, it’s the new must-have for leather!

In the modern furniture industry, that colour is cognac. A rich, deep and luminous colour, it’s the new must-have for leather!

From Leather Sofas to Leather Accessories

The love affair with leather was in evidence at Milan’s Salon del Mobile. It could be seen in classic pieces of furniture like beds, sofas and ottomans, but also applied to other types of products like cushions, lamps, bookcases, benches,frames, and so on. It’s a really creative approach to accessories.

Types of Leather

In contrast with the fashion industry where the trend is toward shinier leather, it is leather with a matte finish that is increasingly used for furniture. We’re also seeing different types of leather, each of which has its own special qualities and effects but also particular issues. Since people buy leather expecting it to last a long time, here are some tips for making informed purchase decisions.

There are many steps involved in the process of leather production, but it’s at the finishing stage that leather acquires its distinctive look and feel. At Mobilia, three types of finishes are available: aniline, semi-aniline and pigmented.

Aniline finish

An aniline finish is the closest thing to leather in its natural state. A transparent coating is used to highlight the hide’s natural surface so the pore and grain structure is clearly visible. But since this leather has no protective layer it is vulnerable to sunlight and stains. Aniline leather has a splendidly elegant and authentic effect, but it requires care to keep it looking its best.

Semi-aniline finish

The semi-aniline finish is very popular because it resembles aniline leather but it has a translucent coating of pigment which hides flaws and enhances durability.

Pigmented leather

Some of Mobilia’ sofas are made from pigmented leather. In this case, the skin has an opaque coating of pigment which obscures some of the natural character of the leather but is very suitable for pieces which will be heavily used because it is very resistant and requires little maintenance.

Interior Design: Leather for Every Style

So there’s a type of leather for every budget and every taste. Furniture made witleather is super versatile. It can add a rustic touch to some decors or suit a chic and modern interior; it lends itself both to a bohemian look and an elegantly trendy one! It pairs beautifully with all types of wood, soft-coloured and natural fabrics as well as decorative objects or lamps.

A Ubquitous Trend

Leather is also being embraced by various industries and especially by the restaurant business, where you can see it being used for banquettes and other types of seating. All the major fashion brands have launched their own leather clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags. Automobile makers are offering leather car seats as an option.

Read ou maintenance guide to protect, clean and repair leather furniture

Local businesses are embracing leather and the way it lends itself to use in artisanal creations:

Their famous aprons.Their stunning coloured leathers have to be seen! Beautiful innovative office products that combine leather and felt.


  1. Hi,

    I absolutely love that marble coffee table. Where can i find this table for sale!? ive searched everywhere on your website and i cant find it! Please let me know!

    1. Hi Dwayne, the white marble table is our CARLYLE ; the one placed next to the leather bed is discontinued but our WITLIE end table looks similar. Thanks!

  2. I saw a couch on your site some time ago……..it was Italian leather in light grey, it had coffee table arms a flip up headrests, it was a recliner………it was around $4000……..I can’t find it on your website?‍♀️

    1. Hi Kate, thanks for your comment. From your description you are probably referring to our Rockland sectional sofa. Let us know if it is this model, we will be happy to help you 🙂 Have a good day!

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