On the walls, covering the floor and even as
pulls on cabinets and drawers, leather is fast becoming a major trend
in residential design.
Made from hide or recycled leather materials
like belts, scraps and remnants, Maryland-based EcoDomo offers natural
textures as well as other options like crocodile, plain, patterns and
top stitching. ProSource, which carries the EcoDomo line to the trade
in their Milwaukee, Frankin and Madison showrooms, has seen a boom in
the leather trend.
"With green products becoming
prevalent, our clients are increasingly asking for leather floors and
wall tiles," says Julie Taylor, an account executive and interior
designer with ProSource. "EcoDomo is an innovator. Their lines
are made from 65 percent recycled materials. We recommend leather
floors and wall tiles in almost any room of the house except the
bathroom because of the high humidity."
EcoDomo leather wall tiles have decorative stitching and keep
the noise down. Available at ProSource.
"Our recycled leather plank floors are
very popular with United States customers," says Karen Deel,
brand manager for TORLYS, a Canadian manufacturer. "And there’s
no need for an underlay because they come with a cork backing made
from 100 percent recycled wine stoppers. Leather really cuts down on
noise, which is especially good for homes with an open concept. The
planks are easy to install and if you want a change, can even be moved
to another room up to three times."
For a fine finishing touch to cabinetry,
Turnstyle Designs offers leather pulls. "The leather is the kind
used for saddles," Steven Roberts, founder and company principal
explains, "so it is remarkably durable even when grabbed by
sticky, greasy or wet hands, making them an attractive choice for any
room of the home."