Giving Leather Some Love

When you picture a stately study, what images come to mind? It’s probably intricate wood paneling, a statement-making desk, perhaps some modern accessories to shake up the look, and odds are, a well-worn leather chair. There’s something about leather that’s timeless and sophisticated. It can look old school with nail-head trim, rustic with tooled western detailing, or chic in clean-lined pieces with metal trim.

Plus, leather is simply practical. Since it doesn’t collect dust and dander, it’s ideal for allergy sufferers. If properly treated, a quality hide can bounce back from spills and looks even better over time, acquiring a beautiful patina as it ages. (In fact, some experts say leather can last up to 4 times longer than fabric!) Best of all, it integrates beautifully with other fabrics and metal pieces to create everything from a traditional to a glam look. No matter what your style, here are a few of our designers’ favorite leather pieces to consider mixing into your space.

Bernhardt offers a wide array of leather couches and chairs that are beautiful examples of customizable tradition. The classic pieces shown in this photo are sophisticated additions to any living room that can be beautifully updated by pairing them with sleek coffee and side tables in industrial finishes.

The Grayson sectional from Bradington Young is an updated take on leather sofas. Bright hues and clean lines meet comfort in its loose pillow back and Premier Down seating cushions. Available with a turned or tapered leg, this sectional is ideal for living rooms and media spaces. Pair it with a shag rug and these light and airy cut-metal coffee tables and end tables for a fresh take.

The Durango Recliner from Stickley is exactly where you’ll want to curl up with a great book. With decadently deep cushions to sink into, extra back support and traditional styling, this wing chair is an ideal fit for traditional settings. Add a vibrant rug to wake up the room.

For a true-to-tradition look opt for the Barclay sofa from Bernhardt. Iconic in its own right, you can pair this beautifully distressed and nail-head trimmed leather sofa and chair with industrially inspired pieces for a more contemporary architectural flair.

Who says leather has to be dark? Finish your conversation grouping in style with Claudia Cocktail ottoman. With its inviting curves, this cocktail ottoman is a conversation piece in and of itself, while its gracious 44” diameter means it doubles as extra seating. Subtle finish and contemporary shading make it right at home when paired with Palmero Swivel chairs and contrasted against darker shelving.

Finally, don’t leave your leather solely in the public areas of your home. Leather beds instantly bring a touch of luxury to any boudoir. The Uptown Loft bed from Caracole Modern features deep horizontal channels of sumptuous charcoal grey-colored leather that run along the headboard, rails and low footboard. Resting atop sculpted trapezoidal metallic Jazzy Taupe feet, this bed’s streamlined appeal is modern yet glamorous all at once Pair it with other streamlined tables and lamps with strong metallic accents for modern appeal.

So don’t be shy. Embrace leather furnishings in your home for a truly enduring look that you’re certain to love.