L A U R E N
Who doesn’t love a bit of animal print? It is this season’s hottest print for fashion and homes, hands-down. Leopard, tiger, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, the list goes on. Animal print has taken over, and it looks like it’s here to stay.
The style became hugely popular in the fashion world throughout the Twentieth Century. Style icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Moss were often spotted donning some sort of animal print – Kate Moss still rocks it to this day.
Be Careful: Kate or Kat
Although animal print has always been popular, it has absolutely exploded into our homes over the last few years. It’s more popular now than ever. And it’s easy to see why. With its stylish and cool presence, animal print looks good on anything; rugs, wallpapers, fabrics, ornaments, vases, furniture, artwork, the lot.
Don’t get me wrong, you can accidentally edge more towards Kat Slater than Kate Moss, which you don’t want to do! The trick is to be tactful. You could wallpaper one wall (that’s Kate Moss) or you could wallpaper all your walls (that’s definitely Kat Slater).
How Can I Use Animal Prints?
There are ways of doing it right. For example, if you have a neutral palette but would like to introduce just a smidge more colour then guess what, animal print will do this perfectly. It can be as subtle or as obvious as you’d like.
To be subtle, you could use it within some artwork and/or a little ornament on your shelf or side table. If you want to go big, you could invest in a huge statement lampshade or rug. If you want to go bigger still (and you fancy channelling your inner 70’s self) you could have an animal print runner fitted up your stairs against neutral walls – Heaven!
Hallways are the perfect space to do something a bit more fun as they’re generally a pass through area. It’s also the entrance to your home and the first space your guests will see, so why not show them your personality from the get-go?
Can Prints Be Mixed?
I’m often asked if you can mix animal prints, and the answer is yes, you absolutely can. In the fashion world, they layer those prints up. Snakeskin boots with a leopard print coat are very chic. It’s exactly the same principle in the interior world. You can place a zebra rug with cheetah print cushions, et voila, it’s a thing of beauty.
Everyone needs a little animal print in their life, so go get em’ tiger (pardon the pun).
Until next time,
Lauren is an interior consultant based in Blackheath, London.
She loves working with colour, textures and funky accessories.