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Date: 02-Jun-2021

Trend Alert : Animal Prints


Never fully out of style, animal print has long been considered a go-to classic in both fashion and interior design spaces. Popular as a graphic pattern traditionally symbolic of wealth and status, it is clear that the trend towards animal-inspired prints is back in full force.

As with any trend, the challenge becomes finding fresh ways to incorporate it into your style. Thankfully, we’ve found an abundance of options to keep you inspired, whether you’d like to dip your toe in the water, or create a fully fledged rock-star-worthy oasis ... the choice is yours!



Pictured: Reynolds Mirror Gold, Paola Table Lamp Black w Black Shade, Theodore Buffet Black, Kylie Occasional Chair Leopard
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography


Think of animal prints as nature's neutrals

Embraced as an inspiring alternative to solid neutrals, animal prints evoke the excitement of escaping to exotic lands with balmy climates. They connect us to nature and, when done well, offer beautiful texture, tone and glamour to interiors. The striking Kylie occasional chair (above), upholstered in a luxurious woven leopard chenille velvet, effortlessly complements the timeless tones of the black and antique gold furnishings .. adding a gorgeous injection of luxe pattern and personality.



Pictured: Picasso Table Lamp Black w White, Cocktail Mirrored Side Table Gold, Birkshire Modular Sofa Option #1, Serene Nesting Coffee Table Antique Gold, Candace Stool Leopard Chenille, Deconstructed Oil on Canvas Painting
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography

Versatile Pieces

The introduction of prints and patterns to interior spaces have the ability to change the entire feel of a room. Whether bold or subtle, they act as an effective device to bring colour, interest and individuality to the home - transporting us to a time, place or mood. Using a mix of patterns, whether on furniture, floors or walls, has the power to create either a calming cocoon or add excitement and drama. Here the Candace stools in leopard chenille are paired for additional seating in an otherwise neutral interior. Small adaptable pieces like this are an easy way to add animal prints to your room without a long-term commitment. Co-ordinating with the 'Deconstructed' oil painting, these pieces add texture and movement to this living room space.




Pictured: Serena Scalloped Bedhead Black Linen, Picasso Table Lamp Black w White, White Vortex Oil on Canvas Painting, Twirl Panelled Stool Nude Chenille, Twirl Panelled Bench Ottoman Nude Chenille, Sabrina Bedside Table Small Black, Zeta Floor Mirror Black, Serene Cushion Rectangle Leopard
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography  Rug: Miss Amara


One of the easiest ways to incorporate animal prints into your interiors is with cushions and accessories. Adding pattern and personality, the Serene feather cushion range in quality woven leopard chenille velvet offers a striking alternative to plain coloured neutrals. Delivering on the energy of warm, exotic locations, this elegant cushion provides a glamourous accent when combined with solid neutrals or offers a grounding ‘nature neutral’ alternative to solids when repeated in multiples. If you're a colour and pattern lover, simply combine these with an eclectic mix of patterns, colours and textures for a chic alternative.



Pictured: The Hills 3 Seater Sofa Leopard Chenille



Offering unique style for inspirational interiors, the Hills 3 seater sofa is bang on trend. Expertly upholstered in a quality woven leopard chenille velvet, this striking sofa delivers on two hot trends - animal print and mid-century modern design. The tailored curve accented with detailed piping and slender antique gold steel legs, ensures this stylish piece offers timeless appeal. Exuding a confident design style, the Hills 3 seater leopard velvet sofa is an elegant accent piece when paired with neutrals, or a grounding neutral alternative when combined with an eclectic mix of cushions and accessories.



Fashion Inspiration:  Saint Laurent  / Bottega Veneta  / Tod's


Pictured: A Grand Formal Lounge in Templestowe by @ajb_builder featuring the CL&L Lourdes Wing Back Chair in Natural, Franklin Black Marble Drinks Trolley - GoldPaola Table Lamp and Serene Cushions in Leopard


Fashion forward

Inspired by runway heavyweights, classic zebra is on the animal print 'hot' list. Its bold stripe pattern offers graphic appeal, keeping things fresh and interesting. Our Zanzibar stool (pictured below) is upholstered in zebra printed cowhide. Equally at home in a modern or traditional setting, these exotic looking pieces adding instant flair.



Pictured: Reynolds Mirror Gold, Paola Table Lamp Natural w Black Shade, Theodore Buffet Black, Matisse Black Vase Range, Zanzibar Stool
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography


Pictured: Canyon Black Oak Bar Stool - Zebra

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Animal luxe isn't limited to living and bedroom spaces ...
these stunning bar stools add texture and pattern to kitchen and bar areas that are often hard edged, softening the space and adding visual interest. Being zebra printed cowhide, they are also extremely durable and easy to maintain.



Pictured: Hemming Occasional Chair Grey, Nomad Coffee Table White, The Modern Man Oil on Canvas Painting
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography Rug: I Cow Hide Rugs


Rug Grounding

Animal prints can work with a wide variety of decorating styles. When decorating with animal prints, an area rug in patterns inspired by zebras, leopards, and giraffes make high-impact statements as floor coverings. However, animal prints don't need to be limited to the wild ... cow hides can create a bold modern statement and offer soft organic shapes which offset the graphic nature of modern furniture pieces and keep things looking fresh.




Pictured: Vogue Desk Black, Abstract Table Lamp White, Twirl Panelled Stool Black Chenille, Zara Round Pendant Black, Black Twirl Oil on Canvas Painting
Styling CL&L Stylists Photography: Louise Wellington Photography Rug: Miss Amara Rugs


Subtle Accents 

Animal prints don't have to be in-your-face to make an impact. The ivory and silver giraffe inspired rug styled here in our Studio collection anchors this neutral room adding subtle tone and texture with its gentle tones, maintaining a timeless aesthetic. The Ashe lamp below, with its snake inspired texture is a great example of incorporating the animal print trend into your current space in a subtle way. 




Pictured: Ashe Table Lamp


Whatever your animal style - minimalist or maximalist -
be sure to add some nature back into your life
... you won't regret it!

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