Home & Living

15 Unexpected Ways To Decorate With Leather

For Architectural Digest, by Hadley Keller.

The thought of rich leather in the home might immediately conjure images of a masculine study, with wood-paneled walls and dark accents. But the truth is this handsome material can be surprisingly versatile. If you're not willing to shell out for a tufted-leather sofa, it's easy to incorporate leather touches to add warmth to the home all year long. And it doesn't have to be moody: Molly M's leather place mats in a pink copper sheen give the stately element a light spin, while Currey & Company's woven lamp bucks the traditional tufted and stitched textures in favor of a contemporary basket weave. Benches and chairs in modern silhouettes from the likes of West Elm and CB2 also offer a streamlined spin on the classic application. Click through to see our favorites.

Antique brass and rich leather take on a minimalist, modern shape in CB2'sDirector's bench, which can be used as an entry perch, a cocktail table, or dining table seating; $449. cb2.com

Currey & Company's Bertrand table lamp makes use of soft, light leather in a pretty weave; $810 from Lamps Plus. lampsplus.com

Instead of going all out with a leather sofa, add calfskin accents with Pottery Barn's pieced leather pillows; from $130 each. potterybarn.com

Leather Slope dining chairs by West Elm also make for chic accent chairs in a living room or bedroom; from $349 each. westelm.com

A simple glass carafe gets a luxe upgrade from Ralph Lauren Home: a leather-and-horn wrap; $150. ralphlaurenhome.com

Mimot's leather-and-copper basket for Kaufmann Mercantile is as multifinctional as it is chic. Use it for firewood, magazines, or throw blankets; $279. kaufmann-mercantile.com

Give any room a sumptuous feel with walls covered in Schumacher'sCanyon leather, shown in rich Java; to the trade. fschumacher.com

RH's Artisan frames add a stately touch to the nightstand, desk, or mantel; from $85 each. rh.com

Jonathan Adler's leather pig ($950), dachshund ($850), and elephant ($850) are a whimsical way to use a handsome material. jonathanadler.com

The Galen magazine rack from Crate and Barrel spruces up any reading nook; $149. crateandbarrel.com

Known for its festive, cut-leather coasters, Molly M Designs also makes these iridescent place mats, which brighten any table setting; $45 each. mollymdesigns.com

Entertain in style with Pigeon & Poodle's leather-wrapped ice bucket and coordinating tongs; $240 for the set from Zinc Decor. zincdecor.com

Keep track of keys, jewelry, and other small accessories with Mark and Graham's monogrammed catchalls; from $59. markandgraham.com

Supple saddle leather adds a luxe note to this hurricane from Jung Lee New York; $200. jungleeny.com

The vegetable-tanned leather on this cocktail table from ABC Home will look even better as it wears; $1,295. abchome.com

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