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Thank you for visiting LeatherSeats 101.  Here we provide a broad range of information on a wide variety of topics.  Many of these articles are in response to our customer's most common questions or specific product information that we feel is important to inform our customers of.  This particular article covers matching colors and focusing on the best methods for matching different types of materials.  Continue reading below to find out more information...

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Color choice can be a very tricky part of the order process because color is so subjective. It is so subjective because there are so many variables which can effect the way that color is seen. The biggest variable when trying to pick colors over the internet is going to be monitor settings. The age and settings of a monitor can drastically effect the hue or shade of the color. Not only the monitor, but also the lighting in which the digital image is taken can determine a lot concerning the representation of a color. For example, an image taken in full natural sunlight will look very different versus an image taken under artificial lighting. These variable makes it almost impossible to be 100% accurate in picking colors based on a digital image. Take a look at the image to the left for an example of how the same color can look different because of the way the image was taken and the representation of that image on the monitor.

Color is also variable in a person's physical eye because of the way the eye and brain translate the color. One customer may consider a certain shade of tan to be too brown for their interior while another person may consider it a perfect match. The amount of lighting and the type of lighting in which you try to match a color has a lot to do with the results as well. 

You can easily see an example of this by looking a piece of the plastic trim in your vehicle in full light versus in a shadow and you will see the perception of that color change a lot. If you look close enough, you will see that is very common for a lot of vehicle to have several shades of an interior color in their vehicle because even the manufacturers have a hard time managing color tones. As you can tell, there are a great deal of variables involved in color selection and how different people perceive color. It might even seem like it is impossible to get a true match, but do not give up hope. There are several solutions which will increase your selection accuracy.

The best way to eliminate these variables is by contacting us for color suggestions, pictures, and/or color samples.  For most vehicles, we are able to offer a suggested color match for your interior and this can usually be confirmed via pictures as well. However, it is ALWAYS best for our customers to see the colors in person so if you are having trouble finding the right color for your interior, or if you just want to see the texture and thickness of the leather before you buy then by all means email us. We are willing and able to send out FREE samples to any future customers. To request samples, please email us your name, mailing address, vehicle details, and the colors you would like to see and we will mail them to you as soon as possible.  Please contact us with any further color questions or requests for color suggestions and pictures.

If you have requested samples and received them then you need to begin to compare them to your original interior to match the existing color or come up with your own custom color scheme. Here are some helpful tips for matching factory interior colors…

  • Bring your vehicle out into even sunlight.
  • Compare the sample colors to multiple locations within your vehicle’s interior.  (i.e. plastic seat trim, door panels, dash, and/or old upholstery.)
  • The best location to match the sample colors to is directly against the plastic trim pieces on or near the seats being upholstered.
  • Call us if you have your samples in hand and are having a hard time making a color decision.

In most cases, we can help you by recommending a color based on the colors you have received and what other customers have ordered in the past.  However, if you aren’t finding the color you are looking for in our samples packet, be sure to contact one of our aftermarket leather experts about receiving more samples or even the prospect of special ordering materials.  Of course, keep in mind that using any special order materials will add additional cost and production time to any of our standard leather trimmed interior packages. 

Special Note: Because leather color may vary from dye-lot to dye-lot we cannot guarantee the color you receive on your interior kit will be exactly the same as the samples. There may be some variation in the color and grain of the leather. Returns cannot be accepted based on color.


  • Color matching can be very tricky and you should not solely make your color decision based upon digital images shown through a monitor.

  • We can help you make the your color choice by offering color suggestions, customer pictures, and by sending color samples to you.

  • Contact us via email or by the phone for color samples as we cannot accept returns based on color.
  • Once you have received samples, make sure to bring your vehicle into the full sunlight for color matching. 

  • Compare the samples colors to several locations within your interior. but make extra effort to match specifically to the plastic trim pieces on the sides of your seats as these will be in direct contrast to the leather.

  • Even after you have received samples, leather is a natural product and will vary from dye-lot to dye-lot so we cannot guarantee the color you receive on your interior kit will be exactly the same as the samples.