Decorating & Furniture/help!


The room I'm trying to decorate is my den. Right now it's an African room. My sister went to Africa and brought me back some pretty pieces. I like the look but I'm not sure what I want to do. I've been dealing with old furniture-dark blue. I bought some black shelves and entertainment center. I believe it's contemporary. Now, I'm getting ready to buy a new sofa set. I thought I would buy distressed brown leather but I've never heard of brown and black going together. Is it possible? My walls are cream and my rug is cream-a little bit browner but light. Right now I have a cheetah patterned curtains and area rug. My truly favorite style of decorating is contemporary. I wouldn't mind going that way. I just hate wasting all the Africa stuff that I have. Should I buy black leather, or brown? I don't want the room to look shiny and unlivable. We use this room the most. I love the distressed leather. I just don't know what to do!
Thank you,

You've answered your own question by telling me you love the distressed leather.  Get it.  Black and brown are very "smart" colors when used together in a room.  If you're more contemporary and want those walls to stay cream, then you need to pull the cream to the floor by way of a room-sized rug.  You can use a few pieces of the African artifacts in a contemporary room.  If there's more than you feel necessary, use them in a different room in the house, i.e., an adjacent bath or powder room.  

Hope this helps you.  Remember -- contemporary means "less is more" and sleek, clean lines.  


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