While greys, blacks and whites are the typical color palette in more modern décor, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for cowhide in your home. Cowhide in recent years has become popular in more than just the cowboy, rancher circles. Cowhide can work with brightly colored rooms and wallpapered rooms softening the room and making it more inviting. And if you prefer a more neutral palette, the unique combinations of black and browns you find in cowhide can bring a note of elegance. Even rooms dressed in modern combinations of grey, black and brown can be enhanced with a touch of cowhide.
Cowhide typically comes in black and white, brown and white, speckles and brindle. Each cowhide has a unique pattern that no other hide shares, making it a unique feature in your home.
Here are 6 ways to accentuate your modern décor with cowhide:
Soften a room of metal and glass
If your modern sensibilities prefer glass and metal throughout the home, there is a danger of veering too much to a hard industrial feel. You still want your home to be comfortable for your daily habitation as well as inviting to your guests when they come over to hang out. Cowhide can be that element that softens the feel of the room and adds a touch of luxury. With the variety of colors and patterns available in cowhide, you can really play with it and find the perfect combination. In addition, cowhide is soft to the touch so if you dress up your floor with a cowhide rug or adorn a wall with it, your space will definitely feel warmer. And when your fingers or toes sink into the soft, buttery skin, you can’t help feeling like it is a special indulgence.
Brighten up a neutral palette
Sticking to a neutral palette has many benefits, but it also risks the danger of looking drab and dingy. Cowhide with its unique shades and combinations of blacks, browns and whites and its rich texture can make an interesting focal point in an otherwise simple room. Instead of looking too plain, your room will look warm and inviting with the addition of cowhide on the walls, floors or even as the fabric of our couch or reading chair. Just one element of cowhide in the room can really transform a space. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring if you know how to layer color and texture correctly for the best effect.
Add romance to the bedroom
Your bedroom should always be an oasis away from the stresses of daily life. It should also be a warm, inviting space for romance to ignite. Don’t let clutter or hard surfaces prevent the sparks of romance from stirring. If your bedroom itself is causing you a stress, then you have a problem. Imagine instead a cowhide rug in front of the fireplace in your boudoir. Wouldn’t that be the perfect spot for some wine and cuddling? Or you could use the rug as a throw blanket to snuggle under together. How cozy! Even bedside cowhide lampshades can add a quirky romantic vibe to any room. Have fun with it.
If you are completely redesigning a space and if you are unsure how to combine cowhide with other colors and patterns, then you might want to consult a professional designer. He or she can advise you on which combinations work and which ones will end up clashing.
Tone down bright colors
Okay, so you can’t resist bright yellows, reds, pinks and blues and the brighter than better. Does that mean you can’t experiment with cowhide? Absolutely not. Contrary to what you might assume, cowhide does not clash with bright colors. The blacks, browns and whites in cowhide can actually keep bright colors from appearing too garish. The truth is, they go really well together. Don’t be afraid to get creative with color and texture.
Complement other patterns
Busy wallpaper can sometimes can scare people. Fashion etiquette used to dictate that everything be matchy-matchy and you couldn’t have competing patterns in the same room. Luckily, today that is no longer the case. You are free to play with patterns. You can have a cowhide sofa and bold wallpaper at the same time. It all depends on how you put it together and what type of atmosphere it gives the room. You certainly don’t want the color and patterns to give your guests a headache, but the right combinations can be warm and inviting or playful and fun, all depending on what you are aiming for. Also, don’t be afraid to add other accessories into the mix like painting and mirrors or plants. It won’t appear too busy if you are careful to keep a balance of color and texture in the space.
Makes a great accessory
Today, cowhide is being used not just in rugs or couches anymore. It also makes a great accessory if you are looking to just add a small touch of cowhide to a room. You can add cowhide placemats to the kitchen or the dining room; or, illuminate any room with cowhide lampshades. You can even buy a cowhide bath mat as a special touch to your master bath.
Another great point about cowhide is that is very durable and can withstand a lot of traffic which is ideal when you have a busy home. Dirt can easily cleaned up with a damp rag for a vacuum cleaner. This is a piece that will grace your home for years to come and will make a great legacy piece to pass along to your children.
The bottom line is to not to be afraid of mixing and matching cowhide with your modern décor. Play with color and texture. There is no right or wrong, just your personal aesthetic. It is good to put your personal stamp on your home. You can’t go wrong with cowhide, and your family and friends will love the touch of elegance and richness it adds to your home. There are many ways to accentuate modern décor with cowhide without going full cowboy.