If you've got your eye on a piece of leather furniture you absolutely love but it's a bit of a statement-maker, don't be afraid to buy it. There's always a way to make leather work in your home.
While some design rules are open for debate, creating a focal point in each room helps you to plan and focus your design direction. Leather can make an incredible statement in a space, but decorating around leather isn’t always as easy as it looks.
One of our designers Laura has put together her top four tips on decorating with leather.
1. Let it stand out. Leather tells a real story of its own as a material to embrace and to celebrate. Genuine leather pieces can be quite an investment, so treat it thus and let it shine. If everything in a room is a stand out, then essentially nothing is a stand out.
2. Mix it up. Leathers are incredibly tactile, whether they are cracked and raw or oily and soft. Each leather will differ depending on the animal it has originated from. Consider what type of leather you’re working with, its finished colour, and try combining it with an opposite. Rough with soft, dark with light, high-sheen with low-sheen – try to juxtapose things. I think this is what can make leather really interesting.
3. The rule of three. When incorporating a piece of leather furniture forget about matching everything.We are in a time now where the bag doesn’t have to match the shoes, and the same goes for our interiors. When adding a colour to a room, try to pick it up in three different areas. For instance if you’re working with a black leather suite, consider artwork that features black, or a couple of simple ceramics on a shelf. Think less is more – you don’t suddenly have to create ‘the black room’.
4. Don't be afraid to play. At the end of the day it's your own personal style that matters most. Have a play with your rooms and don’t get too hung up on a plan. So long as you have the major (and often most expensive) furnishings well-planned for a space, you can have fun with the smaller more mobile items.
See our ideas below to inspire your next leather project!
PORTOBELLO SUITE | HAVEN ARMCHAIR | BIRDCAGE LATERN | FABRICS ARE 'HIGHLINE' IN PAVEMENT, 'TRIBECA' IN FLAT IRON & 'LAKOTA' IN TOTEM BY JAMES DUNLOP TEXTILES
PORTSEA CHAIR | VISCOUNT WILLIAM SUITE | FABRICS ARE 'ARUBA' IN JUNGLE, 'TABULAR' IN LAGOON BY JAMES DUNLOP TEXTILES & 'NEW HAVEN' IN IVORY BY PEGASUS
KENSINGTON SUITE | MYSORE RUG | FABRICS ARE 'TAFFY' IN TEAL, 'VINTAGE' IN BLUSH & 'TAFFY' IN CADET BY JAMES DUNLOP TEXTILES
Here are some other looks from designers we love!