Just as biker jackets are enjoying enormous popularity in fashion, so leather is returning to interiors. And just as the jackets are masculine, scuffed and cool, so leather for interiors is masculine, scuffed and cool. Smooth black and white leather is going to look dated very soon.
The leather look that is going to be around for a while is largely brown, and very worn. Leather looks better as you use it – the patina of use is what makes biker jackets cool. And it’s the same deal for furniture.
Think club chairs in a gentleman’s study. Imagine the worn leather of an explorer’s tent.
And then pair the leather either with the details associated with smoking lounges, clubs and adventure: leather bounds books, specimens, fossils and interesting finds, maps. Add some tartan, paisley or flannel and you’ll have a fabulously atmospheric room.
Alternatively, the addition of worn leather to a clean and modern room will immediately add warmth and personality. It can take the edge off overly feminine rooms, and balance out chintz and frills.
If your seat is genuinely old, and the seat has worn through (old leather can sometimes crack – keep it moist in the same way you do your shoes with a regular polish with oils or wax) – you don’t have to pay a fortune for a new one. You can recover the cushion in a contrasting fabric – as seen in the photos above.
You can find leather armchairs and sofas. There are also desks and tables covered in leather, or, for a smaller accent, cushions.
Old leather trunks, complete with studs and straps look very handsome in any room.
And if you’re going all out – cover the walls in leather. The room below, at Kingston Lacy, is covered in Spanish leather, embossed with gold. This room was created hundreds of years ago, by a chap who was later exiled from England for various crimes. Reading between the lines it becomes abundantly apparent that he was gay.
Of course! Who else could have created a room like that?
Look for pieces like the one below – seen at an auction. For tips on how to bid to win – check out this link.