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.
This season, some of the lesser-known animal prints are having their moment in the sun, such as snakeskin, giraffe and zebra.
Let’s look at some snakeskin accessories (and one zebra print stool which snuck onto the moodboard — oops).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.
If snakeskin creeps you out, fear not, lots of other animal-inspired accessories abound.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.
What do you think? Will you let a little animal magic loose in your home?