The enduring appeal of leather: from natural hues to vintage designs

Distressed or smooth skin, natural or dyed, promises a long-term relationship. As with household materials, they are among the most durable, versatile, and naturally beautiful.

Better yet, it gets better with age so you know you’re buying something from an investment. The leather accents, in a rich brown, add vintage vibrancy and a luxurious touch to any room.

Alternatively, you can create a new modern look by choosing pieces in smoky blue, gray, or pastel green, with a matte finish instead of a glossy, glazed look.

Relax: Heal’s Altamura Sofa in England Blue Soft Italian Leather will create an elegant focal point in your living room

“Leather provides the essential style-defining ingredient,” says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin.

“From vintage to chic Italian modernism, from country cottage to Manhattan penthouse, leather is the ultimate connotation.”

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You can buy leather sofa in bulk. Today’s designs go way beyond the polished Chesterfield you might see in the lobby of a country hotel or gentleman’s club.

Think contemporary shapes and eye-catching colours. In addition to natural caramel, tan, dark brown and black, there are plenty of brighter shades.

The Altamura Sofa in Old England Blue soft Italian leather will create an elegant focal point in your sitting room (from £2,849, Heals).

Or if you stick to natural colours, John Lewis’ best-selling Barbican Demetra sofa in light tan (£2,249) is John Lewis’ bestseller. The use of accent leather chairs in the dining room is also common.

Oka has reported an increase in sales of leather dining chairs—nearly 50 percent more than a year ago.

You’ll need to choose agonizingly between matte shades including ancient truffle, china clay, ash gray, and smoky blue leather. You can always mix and match the colors of course. (Stafford chairs from £475, Oka).

The Narwana Chair, £595, mixes distressed black iron with delicate suede leather.

The Narwana Chair, £595, mixes distressed black iron with delicate suede leather.

If you’re looking for a more casual seat, the Narwana Lounge Chair mixes distressed black iron with soft, hand-sewn leather from goatskin, a by-product.

The skin is tinted using plant extract and tree bark (£595, Nkuku).

Don’t limit your leather seating to living and dining rooms. Leather high stools will add character around the kitchen island. Try the attractive Brooks Bar Stool (£159, John Lewis).

Placing a leather bench in a hallway can create an upscale welcome, or placing it at the end of your bed, you’ll get additional seating as well as make a design statement. Look at the Mina Bench (£470, Perch and Parrow).

Stunning headboard

Modern bed designs can be decorated with a leather headboard. Collection from Swiss bed manufacturer Hasena is completely upholstered in premium leather.

The Tondo Cena solid wood industrial bed has an antique acacia wood frame, a deep quilted headboard and is upholstered in leather – there are 11 shades to choose from including stunning sage green, pale gray and traditional tan. Prices start from £1,720 (Head2Bed).

A quick-fix alternative is to buy a separate leather headboard, which installs like a wall hanging. You can order one on Etsy for £200.

Eye-catching: Modern bed designs can be decorated with a leather headboard

Eye-catching: Modern bed designs can be decorated with a leather headboard

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Because leather is so durable, it’s perfect for the heavy underfoot of kids and pets. Professionals can dye the floors in any color.

Slate Gray is popular in the element 7 specialty as top grain leather is primarily used in dressing rooms, studies and living rooms.

Leather floors are a real investment for a forever home, says Mark Edwards, managing director at Element 7.

We offer leather flooring to a range of clients from apartments to footballers’ mansions.

It will go on and on. Our tanners supplied the leather for a farmhouse floor that was laid down 50 years ago. Still in good shape. In fact, it gets better with age.

Prices start from £400 per square metre.

over the wall

Studioart specializes in leather wall tiles and coverings. It is processed to produce sandstone, marble and mosaic finishes and is suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. You can choose from a rainbow of colors for the accent leather wall panels.

Metallic options add more drama, if you feel the need. Metal shims can be placed between leather tiles to create contrast between different materials. Prices start from around £300 per square metre, plus VAT.

Attractive accessories

“You don’t have to fill an entire room with leather,” says London designer Chloe Beharel. Instead, combine the fabric with some smaller, timeless pieces.

Perfect for giving your fireplace a luxurious feel, leather fire pits have the advantage of providing more seating when you’re entertaining.

Try Oka’s Berenson Fire Fenders with ash gray leather upholstery on a bronze frame.

You can use leather cushions to get a flash of leather without going all out on a leather sofa.

Try the Harris Tweed Tailored Double Leather Pillow at £48 (Not High Street) or the Luxurious Cream Leather Striped Quilted Chevron Pillow at £61 (Amara).

Savings of the week! furry pillows

The John Lewis Teal Faux Fur Pillow was from £25 and is now £17.50

The John Lewis Teal Faux Fur Pillow was from £25 and is now £17.50

For most people, it may be too early to put up the Christmas decorations. But this is the time to consider creating cozy nooks to relax during the festive period.

Faux fur or sheepskin pillows are an easy way to create an atmosphere of ease and comfort without spending a fortune.

Marks & Spencer has dropped the price of their super soft light gray and charcoal gray faux fur pillows from £12.50 to £10.

The white sheepskin cushion has also been reduced from £39.50 to £31.60.

This Petersberg faux fur pillow from B&Q in brown and white now costs £4, instead of £10.

John Lewis also has several options. The teal fur pillow – which would look great on a gray sofa – was £25 and is now £17.50. The brown version has been reduced from £35 to £24.50.

At Wayfair, you’ll find a faux Mongolian sheepskin pillow in topaz. Its price has been reduced from £39.99 to £31.36.

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