Juxtaposition: Leather & Metal
Oct 06, 2009
Contrast is an important part of my design aesthetic. I like the way two different shapes, colors, or textures complement each other. This Juxtaposition post is all about leather and metal. I'm using minimalistic examples, because I think leather can really warm up a sleek, modern design. Now, I didn't call this post a Style Steal. Some of these items are very… shall I say, dear. But if this look catches on, more budget-friendly examples are bound to start showing up. —Diane
Atlas Homewares Paradigm Collection. Knob in chrome and black leather, $23. Towel bars in brushed nickel and washable suede, $131 for the 18" model. A tactile, unexpected touch for the kitchen or bath. The knobs and pulls would instantly make a thrifted piece of furniture look expensive and designery.
Global Views Leather Magazine Rack with chrome frame, $415. A softer take on Bauhaus.
Turnstyle Designs Chestnut Leather Bath Accessories. TP holder, $229. Soap dish, $179. Towel ring, $123. I love the way the pieces recall vintage luggage. I can picture a whole bathroom designed around these!
1940s French Maple & Brown Leather-wrapped Metal Desk, (sit down!) $67,500. A girl can dream. I'd love to make this the centerpiece of a small but open home office space.
What about Faux leather?
If you're vegan or just not keen on using real leather, a lot of faux leathers are quite convincing. Used in small amounts or on pieces that aren't often touched, you might not even know the difference. So aesthetically it can work. Just keep in mind that faux leather, usually made from PVC vinyl, cannot be considered a green choice even though it is an alternative to an animal product. Read more about it here.
Do those bath accessories have you dreaming of revamping yours? My "Spiff it up" eDecor Plans for kitchens and baths are 20% off through October 31. I can give you a vision and a plan to create a kitchen or bath that's all about you for only $320. More info here.
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