Some people choose not to buy contemporary leather furniture because they believe it looks tacky. Often, leather only looks tacky if it wasn't made well (in which case it shouldn't have been purchased in the first place) or if it isn't surrounded by the right décor. There is an art to having leather furniture in your home, especially when it comes to what surrounds it.
When done correctly, leather looks very sophisticated. To get a sophisticated look, pair classically designed dark leather pieces with a beautiful wooden desk. For example, large black leather chairs can be paired with a well polished dark wood table in between. This look would go really well in a home's den or library. If you have a dark brown leather chair of medium size, you can set this up in a corner, next to a book case, and have a neatly folded wool blanket over one arm. Be sure you put a small table with a lamp next to it.
Be sure to always try and enhance the natural beauty of classically designed leather by surrounding it with earth tones. Browns and dark greens go very well with. So will deep reds. For example, a dark brown leather couch with a deep red Persian carpet placed in front of it will look cozy and sophisticated. Add a vase or pot with some dark green plants somewhere in the room, and complete the effect.
Leather can also look very artsy. For example, a sleek leather bench with a modern design can be put against a white wall. Hang an interesting piece of modern art on the wall. Now, you have a completely different look; one that is very modern.
If you don't want to achieve a specific look, but simply want your leather furniture to blend in with the room, surround it with similar colors. For example, a brown or tan leather sofa should be surrounded with soft colors and objects. These include a lamps with white lamp shades, light curtains, a soft similarly colored rug, and chairs that also follow a tan, brown, or beige color scheme. This can also work for darker leather, though you may prefer making the leather piece the standout piece in the room by surrounding it with contrasting colors. For example, a black leather sofa can have a sky blue blanket draped on it, and a red lamp sitting next to it.
Decorating with contemporary leather furniture can be a bit tricky, but it is not impossible, and it definitely isn't tacky. Just keep an eye out for what works and what doesn't, and you should be fine.