Leather pads and desk accessories are an important ingredient in presenting a successful, professional business image. The basic component is the desk pad, which has a smooth writing surface, felt bottom to prevent sliding and padded sides to cushion the arms. Papers and notes can often be tucked inside the pads. A business card holder, pen stand, round or square pencil cup, memo paper holder, letter opener, open document holder, letter tray, memo box and a letter pad cover that holds a full-sized notebook or legal pad round out the set.
The leather can have a nubby, textured feel or be soft and smooth. Chrome, nickel, brass, silver or gold accents polish off the look and add a decorative touch. Inlaid strips of wood or marble create depth and contrast. Leather pads and desk accessories in neutral shades of black, brown, rich red, cognac, camel, tan, navy and deep green are appropriate in any work setting.