Design at Altitude: Fall focus on the joy of leather
Design at Altitude
There is a definite feeling of fall in the air, and the golden leaves will not be far behind. Mount Elbert already had a dusting of snow. As the cooler weather sweeps in, our visions of design follow suit — we want a cozy, stylish home that welcomes autumn.
We are careful, of course, to follow trends and see what’s hot now, but we don’t fall for every new thing. We know our clients — and any homeowner — want a look that will last more than a season or two, that fits with their overall aesthetic and that complements their environment. With that in mind, I want to share a classic look that I love and that works perfectly everywhere from our mountain environment to a super sleek city loft space. It’s the use of leather with black and white.
So many times when we’re talking about leather sofas or chairs, the thoughts turn to overstuffed, overdone furniture pieces that take up the entire room. Sure, they might be comfy, but their look takes over the space and leaves little room for other design elements. Lucky for all of us, there are so many beautiful pieces of furniture that bring a sense of coziness to the room but don’t overtake the space.
We love the look of a rich brown leather paired with heathered indigos and soft browns, whether it’s pillows, throws or tableside accessories. The beauty of leather is that it only gets better with age. It takes on that comforting patina but continues to be beautiful … it’s like a Rolling Stones song, a go-to favorite that can fit into any mood or space.
In order to get that rock ’n’ roll vibe, though, you’ll need a few tips on finding just the right piece. First off, a quality leather is going to last much longer and age much better than a bargain-priced piece. You’ll want full-grain leather, which is soft, distresses naturally and feels wonderful to relax on. It quickly will become the most sought-after piece in your home.
Don’t be bogged down only thinking of sofas. Leather goes in any room in the house and really shines in side chairs, barstools and even in a cool updated version of the butterfly chair that is comfortable and sleek. Combining a more traditional material — leather — with a modern piece helps create a cohesive look in your home. It really allows for your style to shine through.
We added an unexpected leather touch in a home in Beaver Creek recently with a leather rug. The feeling on your feet is surprising, and the rug wears perfectly. The various shades come out depending on the light, and it gives warmth to the room, both in look and feel.
Although I love the muted colors with brown leather look, don’t be afraid to try your favorite colors paired with a cool chair or sofa. Try monochromatic colors or even black and white — it has a retro, yet contemporary feel. Be playful, and let your personality shine through your design.
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