Full grain leather sofas often feature details that accentuate the luxury of leather, such as tufting. There are several different types of tufting, including diamond and button which are the most popular. Shawn Henderson states that tufting fits in well with the antique vibe of full grain leather sofas, though diamond tufting can bring an updated look to a sofa. The same goes for legs -- if your sofa is on thin or tapered legs, it will appear more contemporary. Conversely, a sofa low to the ground or with turned/spindle legs will fit right in with a vintage décor scheme. Paneling is sometimes seen on leather sofas too, which will add depth and dimension to your living room. As for arms, rolled arms will match a vintage style, whereas pillow-top arms are less stylish but offer additional comfort.
It may seem like an afterthought, but color is actually one of the most important aspects to consider for a full grain leather sofa. This is because leather can look old-fashioned, which isn't the vibe everyone is going for. Traditional leather sofas typically feature either a butterscotch color or a dark navy blue. These colors may appear outdated, but actually, tan butterscotch is a versatile color that matches with many other colors. It's also a good option if you like mid-century modern décor schemes, as this style of furniture has a similar color scheme. If you want a contemporary look, a full grain leather sofa in white or cream is more modern and has the extra bonus of naturally brightening up a room with less natural light.
Per Suzanne Kasler, you'll need to assess the space you have so you can pick a sofa that fits perfectly. At least 15 inches should be left between your sofa and coffee table, too, as otherwise, your living room furniture can appear stuffed together. A sofa measuring 80-100 inches is an ideal size for a typical family of four, whereas a loveseat measuring approximately 60 inches is perfect for a small space or if you live alone. Furthermore, back pillows can make your sofa appear taller, so consider this if you plan to place your sofa against a wall and don't want it to overwhelm your wall.
Full grain leather is not as difficult to take care of as you may assume. The thing to keep in mind is that you should always stay on top of maintenance to prevent issues in the future. According to Kelly Behun, once leather is damaged, it can be difficult to restore to its original condition. However, some like the aged look of pure leather, as it can add a charming, lived-in look to a space. Dusting with a dry cloth is fine, as is using a soft damp (never oversaturated) cloth to remove any surface dirt. Take care not to make your sofa too wet, as water and leather do not mix well. Full grain leather is more delicate than polyester or PU leather, so it isn't the best option for your sofa if you live with pets or small children.