In these days of plastic and rubber EVERYTHING, coming across genuine leather things is like encountering Old World charm. Leather is perhaps the only accessory and upholstery material that is pleasing to almost all the senses: the look, especially when it is recently polished, the smell, because who can resist the allure of leather-bound books; and even the sound of leather when you sit on it or run your fingers across its surface.
Leather is luxurious, no doubt about it. It is a traditional favorite material for furniture because it goes well with almost any kind of decorating theme. Plus, it does not look tacky (of course, the design has a lot to do with aesthetics, but leather in itself lends a classiness that is unrivaled) unlike a lot of upholstery fabrics. It also gives a lot of benefits. Leather breathes, so it does not harbor bad smells – I mean close your eyes and you’ll feel the relief. It is also naturally water resistant, so few spills here and there won’t completely ruin it. Leather goes very well with metal or wood, so you can count on your furniture looking handsome for years to come just as long as you know how to take care of your leather furniture (more on this in a later post).
The beauty of leather is that it can be used on almost any kind of furniture: leather chairs, leather arm chairs, leather couches, leather foot stools, leather-topped desks, leather La-Z boy seats, etc. A leather couch adds instant appeal to any room, even a sparsely furnished one. Picture a long, low, leather couch in a studio, with a colorful framed painting above it. Is it any wonder leather furniture have become much sought-after by bachelors (in fact, many women tend to associate leather furniture with dashing men)? Leather is strong, silent, and easy to maintain. If it looks good as a jacket, then it looks pretty awesome on furniture pieces, too.
You can count on leather furniture withstanding trends and fads. It will never lose its spot in home stores as a favorite among those who can appreciate its understated elegance. Leather has been around for years, and it will stay for future years as a staple in any home. Knowing how to care for leather is an essential must if you want to keep your leather furniture looking good and earning admiration from guests who drop by.