Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Decorate with Cowhide

If you are a design magazine junkie you have probably seen cowhide making appearances in all kinds of places, from traditional to contemporary designs. Versatility and durability are synonymous with cowhide. Regardless of the setting, there's always a place where cowhide fits thanks to its wide range of colors and affordability. Practical and chic, incorporating cowhide into your home decor just makes sense.

Here's a list of ten ways to include cowhide in your decor.

1. Replace your table runner. Place a small cowhide or calfskin on an angle across a table, add an arrangement, a couple of tall candlesticks, and you've got an instant conversation piece.

2. Hide your dining room chairs. Looking for a cool replacement for standard upholstered chairs? Cowhide's got you covered. Cut with a sharp blade and staple gun the hide onto the seats.

3. Hide a wall. In a small space -- maybe a reading nook, a wine bar, or even a half-bath -- cow hide can easily be used as an unexpected wall covering.

4. Display hides as art. Many of the markings on a cow's hide are unique and interesting or have unusual coloring. Using an artist's canvas, stretch a hide around the sides and staple.

5. Layer your rugs. Placing a cowhide on top of an existing rug adds interest and looks sensational. They look especially warm on top of sisal rugs.

6. Warm up techno decor. If you have a sleek, contemporary office with lots of tech appeal, a cowhide makes a fabulous contrast. Hang one on a wall or use it as a rug. Too much skin? Toss a couple of cowhide pillows on those chairs for a cozy yet cool touch.

7. Pursue your animal interests. Cowhides are available in other animal styles, too. You can easily find hides in zebra or tiger stripes and in colors to go with any decor.

8. Recover cushions. If the dog chewed up the cushions on your favorite leather chair, have them recovered in cowhide. The contrast will look chic and the new cushions will feel great.

9. Hide your headboard. A cowhide headboard is easy to fashion from a standard fabric-covered headboard -- and gives you a soft spot to lean against in bed. Simply wrap and staple.

10. Jazz up your bath. Who says a rug in the bath has to be cloth? Cowhide can quickly warm up a cold tile floor and looks fabulous, too.

Based on an article by Kathryn Weber, Tribune Media Services

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