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Animal prints have made a huge comeback in interiors. No longer the trademark of a trashy 80s bedroom or Bet Lynch, animal prints now feature in some of the chicest homes in the world.
From leopard spots to tiger stripes, animal prints in the home now stretch to giraffe, paw prints and even fun and quirky pictures of animals. Don't be constrained by classic colours either: Animal prints in electric blues, muted greens and bright reds will add a modern feel to your home.
Add playful touches to your current decor to gently introduce this trend into your home. Soft furnishings in classic leopard print will help to add a glamorous feel to any room. Go for Leopard bolsters and cushions against bright block colour for a thoroughly modern look.
If you're feeling bold and want to overhaul your room, pick the new giraffe and zebra prints in unusual colours. Animal print wallpaper in green or blue with matching tones throughout is a cutting edge take on the trend. Team with plain fabrics or accessories to stop the animal print from overpowering your new design.
Animal print is fun and frivolous, so make sure you use your sense of humour when designing your new rooms. Mounting pictures of animals against a brightly coloured backdrop will add a touch of kitsch, personal style to your home.
Pair with simple accessories
Combining animal prints with pared-down accessories keeps this blue and white scheme calm.
1/9 The latest animal print designs to add to your decor now
The bespoke Giant Giraffe wallpaper is made to order from Digetex (opens in new tab) and the chair is from Magis at SCP (opens in new tab), while the large plaster and resin vase is from Daylesford Organic (opens in new tab). Find the oeil-de-bouef mirror at Atelier (opens in new tab)
2/9 Add a playful touch
Fabrics depicting smaller motifs in toning shades add a playful feel to bolsters.
The top left bolster is covered in Livingstone in Blue from Colefax and Fowler (opens in new tab), while the top right bolster is covered in Paw Print from Soane (opens in new tab). The bottom left bolster is covered in Durbar Leopard Epingle in Imperial by Lee Jofa at GP&J Baker (opens in new tab), and the bottom right bolster is covered in Randolph Leopard Print in Indigo from Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon (opens in new tab)
3/9 Mix and match prints
Mixing an over-sized zebra print fabric with a smaller design creates a focal point.
The yellow sofa is from Soane (opens in new tab) and the red leopard cushions are from Alice Temperley at The Rug Company (opens in new tab). Find the resin antler chandelier at Clock House Furniture (opens in new tab)
4/9 Add interest with tableware
Striking china, cutlery and a zebra-print tablecloth create impact at the table.
The linen tablecloth is made from Shadows in Granite from Threads at GP&J Baker (opens in new tab) and the tableware is all from Havilland at Lalique (opens in new tab). Find the cutlery at Lapparra (opens in new tab).
5/9 Use a bold background colour
The white resin antlers are from Graham and Green (opens in new tab) and the animal print cashmere pashminas are from Me & Kash at Fenwick (opens in new tab). The walls are painted in Autumn Fern 1 from Dulux (opens in new tab), while the wishbone chair can be found at Aram (opens in new tab)
6/9 Add glamour
Create a glamorous scheme with leopard print fabrics on a gold background.
The Edwards footstool is from Ben Whistler (opens in new tab) and is covered in Karonger in Tiger Lily by Kirk Brummel at Brunschwig & Fils (opens in new tab), while the leopard print cushions are from Ralph Lauren Home (opens in new tab)
7/9 Colour co-ordinate
The walls are covered in Ashanti on Paper in Chartreuse from Kirk Brummel at Brunschwig & Fils (opens in new tab) and the headboard is in Conga Line in Moss Aqua on Tinted Linen from China Seas at Tissus d'Hélène (opens in new tab). The table lamp is by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam (opens in new tab)
8/9 Opt for stylish storage
Box files covered in wallpaper offer chic storage.
9/ 9 Create a unique display
A witty display of portraits of Dachshunds mounted on animal-print backgrounds provides unique, personal style.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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