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How to Add Character with Leather Accents

One of our favourite design details is the addition of leather on our upholstery. Leather adds sophistication and texture, and is available in a variety of gorgeous colourways that can work with any scheme. Come along to see how we add a touch of leather to our rooms!

Contrasting Leather Trim

We love to add a leather trim along the edge of our headboards in a contrasting colour to both the fabric of the headboard and the wall behind. The trim helps define the shape and make an extra statement in the room. To coordinate the headboard with the bed cushions, we use the same leather as the piping on the cushions, a chic touch that never goes unnoticed.

Contrast Piping on Chairs

Another place we often use leather piping is on our chairs- this extra detail makes the upholstery feel more luxurious and customised. Shown below on one of our handle chairs, a leather piping around the handle brings a touch of dark blue to the green top of the chair. Shown below on one of our toby chairs, a light blue leather slopes down the arms, helping to bring the light blue from the walls to the chairs.

We don’t only use leather as a contrast piping on our chairs, often leather covers the top third of our handle chairs. Paired with nickel studding as shown below, the effect is bold and definitive on these small pieces in the room.

End of Bed Stools

The end of bed stool is the perfect spot for sturdy leather. With time character appears within the material making the space feel lived in. Often we like to keep it simple using one colour, with the focus being on the gorgeous variation of the hide and added studded details.

Tassel and Piping

To add a touch of leather detail and elegance we like to add a leather tassel to our tub chairs. They add a pop of colour to the chair and sometimes a contrast to the different coloured leather piping.


To add dimension and texture to a curtain we add a contrasting piping to separate the leading edge from the main curtain fabric. Below we have used an orange contrast piping to separate our fabrics for Christopher Farr, One Way and Small Way.


We hope we have inspired you to use leather within your designs!

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