Leather is a natural material that is often a popular choice for upholstery and pieces of furniture. What some people don’t realize however is that leather is now being used for flooring and even wall coverings. If you haven’t given leather much thought, it may be time to learn about the benefits that come along with it.
Leather, and Faux Leather have longevity
While there are many durable fabrics out there, such as cotton and wool, leather is still going to outlast it. Some ideal features about leather are that it doesn’t tear, it ages well and it remains hardy against sun and heat. Newer, more modern leather doesn’t crack or peel and also retains its shape after stretching. And, unlike many fabrics out there, leather becomes more supple with age, making it a wise investment.
Leather is a wonderful fabric for those with busy lifestyles. Where many fabrics require costly procedures or special solvents to keep them clean, leather doesn’t. Although leather conditioners are available, often times, all that is required is a simple wipe with a clean cloth to clean up dust and spills.
They are Extremely Comfortable
Not only is leather supple, it adjusts to your body temperature, making it the perfect choice for couches and chairs. You could say that leather is like skin because of its pores and ability to breathe.
Leather and Faux Lather are Versatile
As mentioned earlier, leather is being used in different capacities these days. Today, you can find leather used in flooring and wall coverings. Leather can also be used to cover things like tabletops and headboards. This versatility makes it easy to find ways to incorporate leather into just about any décor style.
Value, or Perceived Value
If you’ve even been car shopping, you know that cars with leather interiors have bigger price tags. It’s really no different when it comes to items in your home. Whatever is covered in leather will have more value than something that isn’t.
Ways to Add Leather (Real or Faux) to Your Home
Often times, people equate leather with masculinity. True, leather can have add a masculine feel to a space, but only if you let it. If you’re unsure how to add leather into your home without it taking over the space, here are some tips that may help:
- Pale accents such as cream or white accent pillows, throw blankets, rugs and accessories can soften the look of dark leather.
- Get balance by way of textiles and paint on walls and furniture. Color is a great way to make the space look more cozy and comfortable.
- Go for something small rather than not at all. In other words, if a sofa is too much leather for you, get a leather ottoman or accent chair instead.
- Consider having the leather dyed to something that suits your taste and décor more.