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15 Stylish Ways to Decorate With Leather in Any Room

We love incorporating leather elements into our furniture and decor. Why? Decorating with leather adds character, quality, and warmth to your space—not to mention it’s a beautiful natural material that brings in lovely texture and a rich color tone. And each leather piece is so unique. In terms of texture, leather furniture can be super glossy and smooth, highly textured, or matte and rustic—and just about anything in between. And there’s so much variance in leather color and tones, as well. Natural leathers range from light to dark, but you can also find leather in colors like black, white, and navy. Whatever the finish, a leather accent adds warmth or sophistication to a room because of the organic nature of the material.

We also love how durable leather is. When properly taken care of, a leather piece will last a very long time—and it ages beautifully, developing a natural patina that only gets better as time wears on. Small scuffs and scratches will develop over time, and the leather will likely wear down in certain spots. These “signs of aging” are called a patina, and it’s actually great if you love a weathered look or rustic decor ideas! This brings texture and depth to your space—and it’s great for homes with kids and pets! Any new scuffs or scratches will blend right in, and pet hair doesn’t cling to leather, so it’s easy to clean in that regard.

Leather also goes with almost all styles, so even if your style changes over time, it’s likely that a leather piece can flow with a new style. Leather furniture and accents go especially well with rustic, traditional, minimal, mid-century modern, eclectic, boho, and even contemporary styles. It’s all about how the leather is used, as well as the tone and patina of the piece. And if you aren’t comfortable with real leather, there are a ton of beautiful faux leather furniture options out there!

Curious how to incorporate leather design ideas into your home? Keep reading for 15 ways to decorate with leather, no matter your style!

1. Leather Sofa

A leather sofa is a great way to make a stylish statement in your living room. Since a sofa is the focus of your living room, opting for one in leather will make the material really pop and help to define the space. Leather sofas have a distinct look and will have a different feel from upholstered options, as they’re more slippery and are cool to the touch.

Leather furniture comes in a variety of colors. Brown leather sofas, in a saddle or tobacco finish, are the most popular. But you can also find them in white, black grey, and even some dyed colors like blue, green, or red! Leather sofas are generally more expensive than upholstered ones, but they’re a quality option that will last for years!

Check out our guide to sofa materials to learn more about which is right for you!

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2. Leather Ottoman

A leather ottoman is a great way to decorate with leather and add a statement piece in your space. Ottomans are durable pieces of furniture and make a great coffee table alternative for homes with kids and a soft place to rest your feet. Though they’re not easy to repair if they get damaged, like all high-quality leather, a leather ottoman will develop a patina over time. So, minor scuffs, scratches, and spills will only add to the storied look of a piece like this.

Leather ottomans come in a variety of colors, but we’re partial to a more natural brown leather finish, which will be the most versatile. Stylistically, they can go with a variety of sofas and chairs, so you don’t have to worry about matching a leather ottoman to your sofa. Instead, you can use the ottoman to create contrast and anchor the room.

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3. Leather Armchair

A leather armchair is a statement piece of furniture and will add tons of style to your space. No matter the shape, a leather armchair is timeless. The soft material means a leather chair will be comfortable, and as a material it can go with a variety of interior design styles. If you take care of it, it’s a piece that will last for a very long time, and even look more beautiful years down the road due to the patina it will develop. Leather chairs look great with pillows in a variety of different textures and colors. So, find something that makes the leather pop and have fun accenting your leather chair!

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4. Woven Leather Accent Chair

If you want to make even more of a statement than a leather armchair, try a woven leather accent chair. It’s a very high-style piece that will add a modern, trendy look to your space. A woven leather chair brings in texture through the weaving pattern, so it doesn’t need much to accent it. It’s a sculptural piece within itself! Woven leather chairs often lean very mid-century modern or rustic, but they can also go great with boho and eclectic styles! Over time, woven leather chairs will wear out and stretch (the seat bottom may bowl where people sit). But this is simply part of the chair’s character!

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5. Leather Bench

A leather bench is a simple but impactful piece to add to your home. Since only the cushion is leather (and generally accented by metal or wooden legs) it’s a great way to dabble in decorating with leather. Leather benches are also durable (more so than a fabric upholstered bench) and can span many styles—so they are a versatile piece to buy.

And you can use them anywhere in your house—from a bench at the end of your bed or in your entryway to a coffee table alternative or extra dining room seating! You’ll want to consider the tone depending on where in your home you want to use it, so that it matches or contrasts with other elements in the room where you’re using the bench. If you want something extra unique, choose leather with stitching or ribbing, or look for a bench with cool legs!

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6. Leather Dining Chairs

Leather dining chairs are a great way to bring a different texture into your dining room. They take a little while to break in, but they’ll get softer and more comfortable over time. The two most popular colors of leather dining chairs are black and saddle leathers.

Learn more about our favorite dining chair materials.

You can create a bold and stylish look with black leather dining chairs. Black leather is dramatic and bold, and will often give a masculine, edgy vibe to a space. Bonus: it’s also great at hiding spills and scuffs—making it a great option for households with pets and kids.

Saddle leather is a beautiful, rich, and warm tone of leather that is very trendy. It works across many styles, from rustic to modern, which makes saddle leather dining chairs versatile and great pieces to invest in.

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7. Leather Desk Chair

A leather desk chair is a stylish addition to a home office. It adds texture and visual warmth to your space, making it a great accent piece while also being timeless and durable. They’re long-lasting investment pieces that will definitely prove their money’s worth over time. And the softness of leather upholstery will make long work hours much more comfortable. Leather comes in many colors and dyes, and leather office chairs come in a wide range of styles, so there’s likely a match for any style of office.

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8. Leather Magazine Rack

A leather magazine rack is a simple way to add leather texture into a space. It adds a rich pop of natural color, along with an organic feel while being a very practical piece. Leather magazine racks make great compliments to other leather pieces of the same tone within your space—but they can also stand alone as a simple accent of leather in a room. With use, the leather will wear and patina, but it’s durable and will last a long while adding a stylish accent to your space.

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9. Leather Stools

Foldable leather stools are a practical touch for a bedroom—or anywhere you want a small leather seat! Many leather stools, like the ones pictured above, have x-shaped iron legs that collapse for easy moving and storage. Leather and metal go hand in hand for a trendy but edgy industrial look. The leather seats on stools tend to be extra soft but will stand the test of time in durability and style. Leather stools go with many styles. Try pairing them with colors that contrast (like blue and black!) to make the leather really pop.

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10. Leather Poufs

Leather poufs are a trendy and practical way to add leather into a space. They’re extremely versatile pieces for any home and can be easily moved and used for different purposes. They make a great simple seating option, can easily act as a comfy footrest, or—in a set of two—can make a toddler-friendly coffee table alternative! They don’t have hard edges or sharp corners and tend to be very durable for kids and pets. Some poufs will be more stiff than others—but even if they start stiff, they’ll get softer and patina over time. And those with a more structured, stiff shape may last longer too. They can come in a variety of colors—from saddle leather to white, black, or even some brighter dyed colors!

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11. Leather-Front Credenza

We love a good unexpected leather accent on furniture. Credenzas are solid pieces that are versatile and practical, so adding a leather front just adds a fun pop of texture. Leather fronting is timeless in style, but needs some care—so be careful not to scratch the leather when cleaning or if you ever move the piece. Leather like this is often much thinner than true leather upholstery. Look for an option with a texturized or patina finish. This will be more durable and will hide any imperfections from scratches or stains.

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12. Leather Counter Stools

Leather counter stools add an edgy touch to a counter or bar table. They have a simple elegance while adding a trendy vibe to your dining space. Stools are sat on a lot and need to be durable—so leather makes the perfect material for them. However, there are a few things to consider. Leather comes in a variety of colors, so you’ll want to make sure to coordinate it with the table and the overall finish of the room. And it will wear over time, and dyes from pants can transfer to the leather, so make sure to be cautious when wearing brand new denim! But leather is pretty easy to clean if you spill food. If your leather counter stools have a glossy or matte finish, you can just wipe up the spill and use leather cleaner to get it back to perfect!

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13. Leather Cowhide Rug

A more unexpected way to incorporate leather? A cowhide rug. They’re irregularly shaped and each one is totally unique and can really make a statement in your space. We love using them on their own, or as an accent rug layered over other rugs, since they’re very thin and won’t add bulk to a layered look. Cowhide rugs are also very durable—they can easily last 20+ years with minimal fading and shedding if you take good care of them. Though, while soft to the touch, they’re pretty hard to clean if your pet or child spills or soils them. Hide rugs come in a variety of tones and sizes, and there are plenty of beautiful faux hide rugs available at lower price points.

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14. Leather Bed Frame or Headboard

Whether it’s a fully upholstered leather bed or simply a leather headboard, leather beds add a cool touch to a bedroom. Leather is very soft but cool to the touch, making it a great material to use in all climates. And leather headboards tend to have some padding under the upholstery, which makes them comfortable for leaning against while reading or watching TV in bed. Leather also adds a unique material and texture to a bedroom while creating a timeless look. It’s a great material for accenting with either wood or metal. And since leather headboards and beds come in so many finishes, styles, shapes, and colors, they’re very versatile in terms of bedroom color palettes and styles!

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15. Leather Pillows

Leather pillows are a simple way to introduce leather into your space. Pillows add just a splash of color and material, so this is perfect for those who just want a touch of leather—whether in a bedroom or living room. Leather pillows are soft to the touch but need broken in. So, while they may feel stiff at first, they’re great investment pieces that will last for many years. They come in a variety of finishes, styles, shapes, and colors—and look great mixed with other fabrics and materials. And, since it’s such a small piece, they can be integrated with many different design styles!

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The Best Trendy Interior Design Ideas of 2020 (So Far)

Curious about the latest and greatest interior design trends? There are some seriously great styles that are gaining in popularity right now. We’re loving some of the top 2020 home decor trends, all of which offer something fresh and new—and definitely deviate from mid-century design, which has been the trend darling for quite a while now.

If you’ve ever wondered where interior design trends come from—and why certain trends live on while others die—then you’ll definitely want to listen to episode 4 of our podcast, The Render. In that episode, we unpack some of our favorite and least favorite trends, and discuss how to incorporate trends into your home.

Speaking of which—we’re big believers in balancing trends with personal style. So, instead of going along with every trendy interior design whim, establish your own personal style, then simply incorporate pops of a trend within your space when it feels right. Wondering, “What’s my interior design style?” Take our style quiz to help pinpoint your preferences.

But back to the 2020 home decorating trends. If you’re curious about what interior design styles are trending right now, read on! We’re giving you the scoop on five of our current favorite trends—and we’ll even show you how to get the look, whether you want to go all out or just incorporate it into your home in more subtle ways!

 Trendy interior designTropical Bohemia

What do you get when you mix Hollywood glam with boho eclectic? Tropical Bohemia, a design trend we currently can’t get enough of. It’s a high-end tropical take on boho style, with a very Beverly HIlls Hotel aesthetic. It’s a style that’s not afraid of a little drama and opulence—typical of any glam style—but it’s brought to life in a way that feels playful and inviting.

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Mix natural and luxurious materials. In a Tropical Bohemia space, you’ll find the unexpected combination of natural and glam materials. There will be velvet juxtaposed with leather. Rattan, jute, and cane next to marble and gold. This style is all about the contrast of materials for a bold and dramatic look.

Take a casual approach to styling. While traditional Hollywood Regency glam takes a very formal approach to layout, Tropical Bohemia has a more asymmetrical take. Though there are moments of luxury, this is not a formal style. So, balance out the opulence and drama with casual styling—like a piece of art propped on the floor or mis-matched side tables.

Opt for a rich, vibrant palette. Tropical is in the very name of this interior design style—so go with a color palette that’s inspired by the tropics! Lush greens should be at the top of your list, along with crisp whites, rich earth tones, pops of other vibrant tropical hues, along with gold and natural materials. And know that palm prints are always welcome!

This style is perfect for…

A modern-day Dorothy Draper or Blanche Devereaux. Basically, anyone who loves a sense of drama but wants a less-stuffy approach.

New Traditionalist

Another design trend we’re loving that looks back on the past? New Traditional. It’s a more contemporary approach to traditional interior design—but in a less whimsical and more tailored style than Grandmillenial. This style takes all of the comfort and homeyness of traditional styles, but plays with that idea through a modern lens. Basically, it’s a more modern, streamlined version of traditional

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Mix comfortable foundations with traditional accents. Comfort is key with New Traditional style. So, go for a plush sofa with a hint of traditional shape. Accent pieces can feature more traditional lines, which you can see in the accent chairs in this living room. Antiques are also very welcome in this style! Incorporating a balance of hard and soft makes this style feel rooted in the past but geared toward the needs of the present.

Design with a classic color palette. New Traditional design works best with tried and true hues. You can’t go wrong with a crisp and stately blue and white color palette, which is steeped in the history of traditional style. Add pops of red if you want to take an Americana slant to this style. Rich wood tones will add warmth to the design.

Incorporate traditional patterns and motifs. Play up the traditional side of this style with traditional patterns and motifs. This can show up in an old-world rug design, striped upholstery on accent chairs, and botanical artwork, as in the living room above. But, in general, stripes, florals, plaids, and any patterns and motifs that draw from the past are welcome here! Just be sure to opt for a few prints with a more contemporary edge to bring this look into the present.

 Trendy interior designThis style is perfect for …

Anyone who loves antiques mixed with modern spaces and who love the past but want to live in the present.

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 Trendy interior designEdgy Minimalism

Edgy Minimalism is an interior design style that features minimal style with an eclectic twist. The result is considered and sometimes spare spaces with a fun, energized vibe. There’s lots of room to display personality through a mixed collection of furnishings and a few bold accessories. But, even in the personality-packed elements, this style feels highly curated.

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Design with a high-contrast neutral palette. Edgy Minimalist rooms are bold yet neutral. How? A high-contrast color palette. You’ll see mostly neutral colors, but in a wide array of tones and saturation levels. We love the black and white palette of this dining room office, that also has pops of wood and metals to warm it up. The result? Energized spaces that still feel curated due to a cohesive palette.

Emphasize geometric elements. Shapes abound in an Edgy Minimalist space. There’s a lot of drama in geometry. The foundational furniture often has bold shapes with little applied ornament—meaning the pieces themselves make a statement. The lighting, accent furniture, and decor feel sculptural, acting as functional works of art.

Style with a curator’s eye. While there is a good amount of “stuff” in these rooms, they still feel edited. Basically, it’s a less-is-more, minimalist’s approach to styling, where you just display your best pieces of decor—not all of your pieces. This lends itself to curated gallery walls and styled open shelving.

 Trendy interior designThis style is perfect for…

Those who can’t choose between their love of minimalism and showing off their personality—because edgy minimalism gives you both! It’s also great for couples or roommates who need to merge opposite styles into one space.

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Americana Farmhouse

Americana Farmhouse style is a rustic-meets-coastal, beachy take on farmhouse style. It celebrates everything we love about Americana design, but with coastal undertones that creates relaxing and livable spaces. It’s a fresh take on older, more traditional Americana design, brought to life in a way that feels stylish and on-trend.

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Root the design in comfort. With Americana Farmhouse style, keep comfort in mind when choosing your foundational furniture, like the overstuffed sofa and comfy armchairs in this living room. Large furniture, like sofas and beds, should have streamlined forms with hints of traditional in their bones. Accent furniture can be more traditional, but should still have an easy approachability and comfort.

Incorporate plenty of natural materials. As you can see, there is a lot of texture in this Americana Farmhouse living room. With a limited color palette, textures help bring the room to life. Natural materials and textures like jute, linen, leather, cane, and weathered woods—to name a few—are incorporated in the furniture, rug, and decorative accents. All of this creates a neutral space that feels serene and approachable.

Opt for accents in red and blue. While, overall, Americana Farmhouse spaces are neutral, punctuating them with pops of red and blue brings the look to life. It gives a nautical feel to the space without becoming too beachy. We recommend incorporating the pops of red and blue in pillows, decor, art, and even accent pieces like poufs and coffee table books.

This style is perfect for…

Those who want a relaxed look that still feels polished. It’s a perfect family-friendly style, and is great if you like farmhouse or Fixer Upper style but want something fresh and for your living room to feel more unique.

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Grandmillenial Design

Grandmillenial style—also known as granny chic—is all about whimsey and an appreciation for the past. And it’s one of our favorite interior design trends of 2020. Those who embrace this style have a love of design elements that are often considered to be outdated or stuffy by the mainstream. As in: ruffles, floral patterns and chintz, chinoiserie, embroidered linens…the list goes on. Grandmillenials have a maximalist approach to decor—with patterns on patterns on patterns—and the furniture has classic underpinnings. There’s a nostalgic, old-timey aesthetic to this style, along with a sense of formality—but it’s definitely not stuffy. Rather, it’s a more fun and youthful take on your grandmother’s style.

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Incorporate granny florals galore. As we mentioned, this is a style that says: the more patterns the better! Especially when they’re more vintage-inspired patterns like toile and chintz, or even the more modern but still nostalgic patterns, like those found in the wallpaper designs at Rifle Paper Co.

Opt for classic furniture. In a Grandmillenial home, opt for furniture styles that feel classic or traditional in form. So, no modern, sleek lines here! Rather, make sure there are some ornate details, like carved or scrolled furniture legs, scalloped edges, and tufting in chairs and sofas. But this classic furniture should also be comfortable—because this style is all about creating a cozy sense of home.

Curate Your Clutter: This is definitely more of a maximalist style—but you don’t want it to feel chaotic. Rather, collections and tablescapes should have a sense of being curated or edited. So, embrace your inner grandma and layer in lots of knick knacks and decor! But just make sure it’s thoughtfully arranged.

This style is perfect for…

Those with an appreciation for the past, who have a nostalgia for grandma’s house and style. (And also a deep love for floral patterns.)

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The Best Rugs for Bedrooms, According to Modsy Designers

Want to create a cozy, calm, and serene bedroom? Space where you can relax at the end of the day? We’re here to help. While bed linens and pillows play a major role in this, an oft-overlooked element in a bedroom is an area rug. From our viewpoint, bedroom rugs are essential (here are six reasons why) so it’s important not to skimp on this decor piece!

But not all rugs are created equal. For high-traffic rooms, you’ll want something durable. But for a bedroom, which doesn’t see as much foot traffic as a hallway or living space, you might approach rug shopping differently. But don’t worry – you don’t have to go it alone! Keep reading for our designer’s five favorite bedroom rug ideas.

bedroom rug ideasBedroom Rug #1: Skye Rug, Bhawan Textiles

This beautiful, old-world-inspired design in vibrant colors adds lovely warmth and visual texture to any room. It’s made of polyester, so it’s a super affordable option, especially for this style of rug. Bonus: Polyester is also easy to maintain and is stain resistant. This is a great option if you want a bedroom rug that looks high-end, without the sky-high price tag.

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natural fiber bedroom rugBedroom Rug #2: Color-Bound Seagrass Rug, Pottery Barn

If you want to opt for natural fiber in your rug, seagrass is the way to go. Natural fibers have a whole host of benefits – including being durable, affordable, and allergen-free. And seagrass is softer underfoot than other natural fibers, making it more suitable for bedrooms.

This bedroom rug, in particular, was handcrafted by artisan rug makers, and with subtle color variations that are inherent to this natural fiber, each rug is unique. It’s also highly stain-resistant, which is a bonus for any room! This rug is best if you want a natural, allergen-free rug at a great price point.

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indigo rugBedroom Rug #3: Norma Indigo Wool Rug, Dash & Albert

Want a rug with a lavish feel? This might be the one for you. With a super plush, cozy texture, it’s perfect for bare feet in the morning. The plush pile is made of a wool/cotton blend – which makes it more expensive than its synthetic or natural fiber counterparts.

A durable material, wool will likely last longer, but it requires a bit more care to keep it looking its best. It’s also a very resilient material and can recover its pile after being “crushed” by heavy furniture – so you don’t have to worry if you like to rearrange! This rug is best for those in search of a luxurious feel and modern design.

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bedroom rug ideasBedroom Rug #4: Roland Cotton Rug, Crate & Barrel

We love the graphic pop this rug offers. The flat woven construction is made of 100% cotton – which is more affordable than wool and is a natural alternative to synthetic materials like polypropylene. However, cotton can be more prone to stains, which is why we like this rug in a darker color with a busy pattern for life’s inevitable spills.

Cotton rugs don’t wear as well over time, but they’re a practical option for many people. Specifically, they’re great for cat owners, as kitties will be less tempted to sink their claws into a flatweave rug (as opposed to a high-pile or shaggy wool rug), and for kids bedrooms, where it’s easy to vacuum and toys won’t get lost in the shag.

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eclectic bedroom rugBedroom Rug #5: Nomad Rug, Loloi

We just can’t get enough of this rug, which was featured in the bedroom of our lake house home tour. Made of hand-knotted jute and featuring a luxe, thick pile, this rug is as unique as it is stunningly beautiful. Jute is a durable and natural material, with a super soft texture, making it great for bare feet in bedrooms. The gorgeous colors and patterns will make a statement in any room. This rug is best if you want to make an investment in a beautiful statement rug.

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