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When it comes to home decor, leather, whether real or faux and vegan, certainly isn’t anything new. Lately though, it’s showing up in unexpected ways that go beyond just sofas and recliners: as drawer pulls on dressers, looped handles on fabric ottomans, as a decorative wrap on lamp bases, and more.
It’s the restrained use of leather in details that makes these accents modern and relatively affordable. Leather also brings a little edginess to an otherwise ordinary object like a plain wood shelf or basic round mirror, too. Think you want to try the trend? I’ve rounded up my top 10 picks, starting at just $43.
1. BJÖRKSNÄS 5-Drawer Chest
With top-grain leather pulls—two on each drawer—this IKEA chest looks practically hand-crafted, especially because it’s made of Scandi-style light birch wood. Prefer more of a color contrast? It also comes in a black-stained version (with the same cool leather loops, of course).
Buy: BJÖRKSNÄS 5-drawer chest, $249.00 from IKEA
3. Vassio Leather Handles Basket
A leather-handled basket is a chic catchall anywhere in the house, from the kitchen (corralling bottles, vegetables, and fruit) to the bathroom (holding rolled towels or extra toilet paper). This decently large design, from a family business based in Tuscany, is crafted from durable and ethically-produced washable paper, and it comes in eight pretty pale or neutral colors.
Buy: Vassio Leather Handles Basket, $89.00 from UASHMAMA
4. Dearborn Leather-Wrapped USB Table Lamp
Whether you choose the aged brass or polished nickel finish, this large lamp was inspired by the leather-wrapped stair banisters some European architecture is known for. It’s a timeless, elegant touch for a living room side table, home office desk, or nightstand in a bedroom, and it even boasts a USB charger at its base.
Buy: Dearborn Leather-Wrapped USB Table Lamp,
$499.00 $399.00 from Rejuvenation
5. Gold Metal and Leather Strap Wine Rack
Wine storage is often either super basic or really extra, but this rack is just right. Faux leather straps give it an elevated look at a decent price point. It’s countertop-sized, too, so it works well in a home bar area or even just the kitchen.
Buy: Gold Metal and Leather Strap Wine Rack, $150.00 from Living Spaces
6. KroftStudio Leather Strap Shelf
Space-saving floating shelves are always a good move—and even better when they hang from handcrafted leather straps that look just as artsy as the objects on display. Etsy customers who bought this shelf raved in reviews on the site that the “craftsmanship is perfection,” and it’s stylish “without being too bulky.”
Buy: KroftStudio leather strap shelf, Starting at
$80.80 $72.99 from Etsy
8. Threshold x Studio McGee Pouf
Designer Shea McGee’s line of gorgeously textured (and affordable!) pieces for Target is full of timeless accents you won’t get tired of with artful touches that make them feel special. Take this cotton pouf, for example, which comes in two colors. The leather loop is a chic detail that’s also a helpful handle, making it easier to move this piece anywhere you need extra seating.
Buy: Threshold designed with Studio McGee pouf with leather loop handle, $69.00 from Target
9. Danish Paper Towel Holder
Is there anything that can’t look sophisticated when given the Nordic design treatment? Case in point: This natural oak paper towel holder with a leather loop handle, which is a big step up from the usual utilitarian-looking models. Crafted in Denmark by a family-owned company that’s dedicated to sustainable design, it makes a great housewarming gift, too.
Buy: Danish Paper Towel Holder, $68.00 from Schoolhouse Electric