Leather is a wonderful material that lends itself well to many interior design roles. The warm and tactile nature of this fabulous stuff makes it very popular in the seating and relaxing areas of our homes, as we just love to get up close to it and feel its smooth loveliness.
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Upholstery leather can look gorgeous on old battered wingback armchairs, formal Chesterfields and traditional dining room seats. Including leather sofas and armchairs in an interior design scheme subtly changes the atmosphere of a room, introducing both timeless elegance and old-school quality. Traditionally, libraries, studies and ‘man caves’ were furnished with leather pieces, giving a Hemingway-esque, masculine ambiance to a place – but leather shouldn’t just be the preserve of our men folk, it’s far too beautiful for that! Fortunately, leather sofas and seating come in many different styles and look great in any room of the house. From contemporary modular shapes to traditional models, finding a design to fit any interior is easy. Some home owners opt for the aged and antiqued look, reminiscent of a clubhouse or den, others prefer the sleek, solid color of finished leather; both are equally gorgeous.
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Believe it or not leather flooring is very popular. The warmth and softness of this luxury material underfoot is second to none. Popular as a staircase covering in some of the grandest dwellings, it has a growing number of fans. Be prepared to pay out a lot for such high-end flooring tiles, but they are known to be durable and age beautifully, so won’t need replacing in a hurry.
Leather furniture and accessories
Leather can be used for other furniture as well as seating. Headboards are increasingly manufactured with attractive leather finishes, as are traditional desktops, footstools and storage trunks. Being such a tough and versatile material, leather finds its way into all sorts of designs and can be seen adorning magazine racks, mirror and picture frames, waste paper bins and place mats.
Strap style leather handles are being seen in more and more chic homes. Used in bespoke kitchen designs, home offices and bathrooms, these strap like handles offer an attractive and unique alternative to conventional handles. Fashioned from high quality, heavy-duty leather they are reminiscent of horse tack and give a room a distinctly expensive and equestrian air.
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Believe it or not, leather is regularly successfully used in upscale bathrooms. Traditional claw-foot tubs with hand-stitched leather liner on the outside exude class and old style glamor and look fantastic teamed with leather wall tiles and a leather vanity unit. Cold surfaces in a bathroom are such a no-no, and with wall-to-wall leather that is one worry less.
Incorporating leather into an interior design is relatively simple because products are available at all price points and in all styles. Whether using a single accent piece or going for complete leather everywhere look, there is plenty to inspire and excite about this wonderful material.
Author Bio: Charlotte Stafford is an enthusiastic, well educated freelance writer with a passion for interior design.
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