7 Modern Ways to Decorate With Leather
Not your grandfather’s aesthetic.
Updated Oct 12, 2018 1:18 PM
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Leather frequently gets a bad rap; something which can be directly attributed to its prevalence in the studies of every old male movie villain, ever. It can be hard to visualize it in a cool, contemporary way—especially given the ethical questions that come into play about decorating with real leather.
Lately, we’ve been seeing this dated material reimagined in fresh designs, put to use in various ways. And with tons of faux leather options out there, you don’t have to feel guilty about adding this around your home. Here, our favorite (vegan) leather decor on the market right now.
Flurry Collection Desk Set, Anthropologie, $46.40
A faux leather blush catch-all dish makes the perfect elegant finishing touch to your desktop. This particular one draws on sleek geometric inspiration for something that’s simple yet design-forward.
Glass and Faux Leather Vase, World Market, $3.98+
A contemporary home for your new floral friends, this cool leather-wrapped vase features tiny copper buttons as the only other detail to this minimal design. Feeling creative? Check out this DIY to make your own—you can pick any color or material you want, really.
Stoneware Pot, H&M, $17.99
For the minimalist and leather skeptic, this little charcoal matte pot is the perfect way to ease into using this material. Keep this stoneware piece in your bathroom as a stylish way to store small necessities like hair ties or cotton pads.
Slope Leather Dining Chair, West Elm, $399
Looking for a bit of a larger update to make to your living space? Try these dining chairs (available in both premium and faux leather) to add some contrast to a more traditional dining room. We’d go for the buttery caramel version, if we were you.
Faux Leather Storage Bin, Target, $27.99
Use as a chic filing system (if you’re the kind of person who needs a chic filing system) or as a living room storage vessel for throw blankets or magazines. Consider it an alternative to the perennially trendy woven basket.
Faux Leather Pillow, Etsy, $26
Bring the two-tone trend home in a much smaller way. Juxtaposed against crisp white cloth, both the taupe and cinnamon-hued leather strips really pop.
Desi Storage Ottoman, Urban Outfitters, $119
A bit of a more interesting take on a traditional cloth ottoman, this checkered piece is a living room staple. You can even use it as extra seating.
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