Are you noticing more cognac leather in interior design? Do you find it timeless or trendy? Let me explain that while this colour is trending, it is still a timeless choice for a sofa.
When my CTO Terrence Murtagh (below), checked into this Air B&B in Tucson, he sent me a photo with this question “Is this look trending right now?”
I replied, “It certainly is.”
And he said, “All the Air B&B’s we were looking at, had this decor.”
First I just have to say, when I’m looking for an Air B&B in Canada, pretty much most of the decorating here, is the world of espresso or black puffy and overstuffed leather furniture–those of you who follow me on Instagram stories would have had a glimpse of the vintage, original 70s house Terreeia and I rented on Vancouver Island a couple weeks ago.
And one of the big reasons, is because ya’ll in the US just have so much more access to affordable home decor. By the time it gets here from the US with duty, exchange and shipping added, it’s expensive. Renovations cost way more here as well so they just don’t happen with the same frequency.
I’m so envious when I see an Air B&B with this kind of decorating. Granted, it’s desert style too, I get it, but it’s also really pretty and is rare where I live.
Is Cognac Leather Timeless or Trendy?
Do you notice a predominant colour here? Why yes I’m sure you do, it’s cognac.
Cognac is a colour that has been trending for a few years now but I would say cognac is the new charcoal.
So, is a cognac sofa a timeless or trendy colour?
Yes – it is a timeless sofa colour.
It just happens to be trending. Just like during the grey trend when white subway tile was trending. I received constant emails asking me when subway tile would be OUT.
Twelve years ago when I started writing this blog, one of the first posts I wrote was about was leather furniture and which colour I thought was the most timeless.
I also love that it’s so available in fashion right now as well. Like these – the MOST comfortable sandals (ever) that I bought when I was on the Sunshine Coast with my Mom a few weeks ago. I must admit, I’m kinda over stylish summer shoes that are completely flat and hard (which soooo many of them are).
These are so comfortable I’ve been walking around the house with them instead of the flip flops I normally wear in the summer.
Cognac Leather is Timeless and Classic
Anyway, back to the point of this post.
Years ago, when my sister Lea and her husband were looking to buy new leather furniture, I told her to skip the dark espresso shade that was so cheaply and widely available at the time and order their sofa upholstered in a custom cognac colour instead.
Now that brown has come and gone in the world of trends, they are very happy that they did.
To be clear. There is nothing wrong with brown leather furniture. In fact brown is back as a colour being used in decorating (but it was out for the last 11 years while the grey trend was in full swing). It’s the general overuse of brown that technically makes your house look dated.
I first talked about how cognac was the perfect ‘neutral’ to warm up charcoal grey back in 2015 (below) when I was in Chicago leading one of my live events.
Not only does cognac create a great balance of warm and cool in a grey/charcoal palette but in addition to being shown in sofas (below) it’s also being repeated in wood stains like the furniture in this restaurant (above).
Shop Cognac Sofas
Plus it looks great with so many bright and happy colours, as I mentioned in this post in 2014.
Not only that, but while we’re at it, cognac colour warms up the black and white trend nicely as well.
Read more: Should you buy a black sofa?
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If you’re shopping for a new sofa, here are some of my favorite timeless cognac leather sofa options.
Anyone else tired of all-white decor?
Can we say STOP to the ‘too much white’ trend already though? I literally just picked up a Shelter magazine and flipped through it in five minutes because it was primarily white interiors with a small dose of black.
In fact last month’s shelter magazine featured an entire house that was so white it was actually hard to see where the white walls ended and the white furniture began.
I recently had a conversation with a colleague in LA ,who confided she had spoken with two designers who are doing the same colour palette – grey, black and white – look over and over again and both confessed the following:
“I hope colour never comes back because I don’t know how to do it.”
Again. There’s nothing wrong with white or black, but please, consider your favourite colour or at the very least cognac if you’re shopping for a new sofa.
Over to you my lovelies, do you agree with me on cognac being a timeless sofa colour?
And while we’re at it, who’s in the ‘I hope colour never comes back’ camp 🙂
Colour is timeless and colour is happy!
Hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer!