Zebra chair

Time To Go Wild

Noticed the flurry of animal prints around?  Probably not, because animal prints have been around for so long, they have seeped into our consciousness.  In fact, I’m not sure leopard print has ever gone away, from Christian Dior in the 1940’s to Joan Collins in the 1980’s at her Dynasty finest.

Joan Collins

Joan Collins in leopard print

This season, some of the lesser-known animal prints are having their moment in the sun, such as snakeskin, giraffe and zebra.

snakeskin couture

1. Burberry Prorsum animal-print calf hair pencil skirt, £2,395, net-a-porter.com
2. Jason Wu snake-print silk-satin and chiffon skirt, £1650, net-a-porter.com
3. Stella McCartney faux leather snake effect loafers, £450, net-a-porter.com
4. Roberto Cavalli snake flowers ruthenium-platedcrystal collar, £1160, net-a-porter.com
5. Dolce & Gabbana grey snakeskin ‘Miss Sicily’ handbag, £1680, profilefashion.com
6. Givenchy Anuba snakeskin pumps, £875, mytheresa.com
7. Bottega Veneta snake-trimmed silk and crepe dress, £3300, Net-a-porter.com

Let’s look at some snakeskin accessories (and one zebra print stool which snuck onto the moodboard — oops).

snakeskin accessories

1. Mirrrored snake mirrored jewelry box, £14, Debenhams
2. Casa Couture faux snake, £20, House of Fraser
3. Jacquard snak cushion, £25, Zara Home
4. snakeskin table runner, £20, Zara Home
5. Long animal tray, £15, Zara Home
6. Designer black snakeskin towels, £50, Debenhams
7. Byzantine footstool, Simpsons Mirrors
8. Blanket, £60, Zara Home

As you know, I am a fan of going a little bit outrageous in a powder room/loo.  I think this snakeskin print works really well as wallpaper in this room.

I found this painted snakeskin effect on the changing room walls in the Remede spa of the St Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi.  In cream-on-cream, the look is more muted and subtle than wallpaper.  My amateur photography skills do not do this wall treatment justice.
St Regis Remede spa

If snakeskin creeps you out, fear not, lots of other animal-inspired accessories abound.

animal print accessories

1. Inspire zebra wood coaster, £12, House of Fraser
2. Animal-print candle, Zara Home
3. Ceramic ‘heirloom’ floral elephant money box, £18, Debenhams
4. Abigail Ahern silver rhino head, £50, Debenhams
5. Animal outline cushion, £88, Anthropologie
6. Zebra print piggy bank, £50, Debenhams
7. Leopard gift set, Zara Home
8. Zebra bath mat, Zara Home

Here is a room influenced by animal prints.  Other than the black and white zebra chair and the animal-skin rug, which could arguably be design classics, the rest of the prints are on cushions.  Changing the cushions would change the whole dynamic of this room if the homeowner wanted to change the look.

Alternatively, you could tone down the animal print.  This zebra-print chair in an unexpected gray and white coordinates well with the muted floral and checks.

Zebra chair

What do you think?  Will you let a little animal magic loose in your home?

6 thoughts on “Time To Go Wild

  1. L'Essenziale

    Yes, definitely! but not knowing the limits as I don’t want my house look like a safari camp! For example, little quirky details, like rhino’s head from Abigail Ahern’s shop or small area rug might fit any interior and will make it look exotic and fun.

  2. 30smagazine

    Yes, animal print is one of the latest trends, I noticed as well. I had my home styled with animal print accessories for the first 5 years that I lived here, but I switched to coastal because it’s lighter. When done in moderation very chic.


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