The enduring appeal of leather: from natural tones to vintage styles

Aged or smooth, natural or dyed, leather promises a lasting relationship. When it comes to home materials, it is among the most durable, versatile, and naturally beautiful.

Better yet, it gets better with age so you know you’re buying something of an investment. In a rich tan color, leather accents add vintage vibrancy and a luxurious touch to any room.

Alternatively, you can achieve a fresh, contemporary look by choosing pieces in smoke blue, ash gray, or pastel green, with a matte finish rather than a glossy, glazed look.

Relax – Heal’s Altamura Sofa in Old England Blue Italian Leather will create a stylish focal point in your living room

“Leather provides the essential ingredient to define a style,” says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin.

‘From battered vintage to sleek Italian modernism, from country house to Manhattan penthouse, leather is the ultimate meaning.’

Take a sit

You can go big and invest in a leather sofa. Today’s designs go beyond the polished Chesterfield you might see in a country hotel lobby or musty gentlemen’s club.

Think contemporary shapes and bold colors. In addition to natural caramels, tans, dark browns, and blacks, there are plenty of brighter shades.

The Altamura sofa in England blue soft Italian leather will create a stylish focal point in your living room (from £2,849, Heals).

Or if you prefer natural tones, the tan Barbican Demetra sofa is a bestseller at John Lewis (£2,249). The use of decorative leather chairs in the dining room is also popular.

Oka has reported an increase in sales of leather dining chairs, almost 50 percent more than last year.

You’ll have to choose from matte finish shades including aged truffle, china clay, ash gray, and smoky blue leather. Of course, you can always mix and match colors. (Stafford chairs from £475, Oka).

The Narwana lounger, £595, combines aged black iron with soft, subtle leather

The Narwana lounger, £595, combines aged black iron with soft, subtle leather

For casual seating, the Narwana lounger combines aged black iron with soft, subtle leather handcrafted from goatskin, a by-product.

The leather is dyed with plant extract and tree bark (£595, Nkuku).

Don’t limit your leather seats to living rooms and dining rooms. High leather stools will add character around a kitchen island. Try the tempting Brooks Bar Chair (£159, John Lewis).

Placing a leather bench in your hallway can create a sophisticated welcome, or placing it at the end of your bed for additional seating as well as making a design statement. Look at the Mina bench (£470, Perch and Parrow).

striking headboards

Contemporary bed designs can be finished off with a leather headboard. A range from Swiss bed manufacturer Hasena is fully upholstered in premium leather.

The Tondo Cena Rustic Solid Wood Industrial Bed has a vintage acacia wood frame and a deep padded leather-upholstered headboard; There are 11 tints to choose from, including a striking sage green, a muted pebble gray, and traditional tans. Prices from £1,720 (Head2Bed).

A quick-fix option is to purchase a separate leather headboard, which attaches like a wall hanging. You can order one on Etsy for around £200.

Eye-catching: contemporary bed designs can be finished off with a leather headboard

Eye-catching: contemporary bed designs can be finished off with a leather headboard

variety show

Since leather is extremely durable, it is perfect for heavy footfall from children and pets. Specialists can stain the floor in any color.

Slate gray is popular at specialist Element 7, where premium leather is used primarily in dressing rooms, studies and living rooms.

Mark Edwards, managing director of Element 7, says that leather floors are a true investment in a forever home.

‘We offer leather flooring for a wide range of clients, from flats to footballers’ mansions.

It will last and last. Our tanner provided the leather for a floor in a country house that was laid 50 years ago. It is still in excellent condition. In fact, it gets better with age.

Prices start from £400 per square metre.

up the wall

Studioart specializes in leather wall coverings and coverings. They are treated to produce imitation sandstone, marble and mosaic finishes and to be suitable in bathrooms and kitchens. You can choose from a rainbow of colors of their unique leather wall panels.

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

flashy accessories

“You don’t need to fill an entire room with leather,” says Chloe Beharrell, a London-based designer. “Instead, incorporate the fabric by using a few smaller, timeless pieces.”

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

Try Oka’s Berenson Fire Bumpers with ash gray leather upholstery on bronze finished frame.

For a flash of leather without breaking the bank for a leather sofa, you could use leather cushions.

Try the double Harris Tweed and leather split design cushion at £48 (Not on the High Street) or the Luxe cream leather chevron striped quilted cushion at £61 (Amara).

Savings of the week! furry cushions

John Lewis teal faux fur cushion was £25 and is now £17.50

John Lewis teal faux fur cushion was £25 and is now £17.50

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

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

Marks & Spencer has reduced the price of its Pale Gray and Charcoal Gray Supersoft faux fur cushions from £12.50 to £10.

Its white sheepskin cushion has also dropped in price from £39.50 to £31.60.

B&Q’s Petersberg faux fur cushion in brown and white is now £4, up from £10.

John Lewis also has several options. Her teal faux fur cushion, 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 topaz faux Mongolian sheepskin cushion. Its price has been reduced from £39.99 to £31.36.

This is for relaxing in style.

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