Get your claws into the wildest interiors trend of 2019, leopard print, with our guide to the wild side of style.
They’ve slowly and gracefully crept their way into our homes via our wardrobes; it all started with a scarf, then a pleated skirt and before you know it, they’re sleeping on the bed and lounging all over our bedroom sofa in the form of two beautiful velvet cushions and a faux-fur throw. We are, of course, referring to leopard print.
Like all trends, it started on the aptly named 'catwalk' and then, seemingly pounced on our homes at the start of the year, with online searches up 282% in the last 12 months. Leopard print interiors are no longer reserved for the set of Dynasty or Dorian Green’s home. In 2019, leopard print is the bold, fun, interiors splash we all need in for our homes post Scandi-chic minimalism. It’s the cry for something a little less predictable, a bit more personal, without the need to commit to too much colour!
Shun the thoughts of Bett Lynch, instead think of Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba vibes draped in Kate Moss’, rock’n’roll-style favourite faux-fur coat, and you’ve got yourself an edgy, modern cool-cat ready for any domestic environment.
With Dulux naming colour of the year as 'Spiced Honey' - a warm syrupy hue dripping in laid-back sophistication – and Farrow & Ball predicting the era of the ‘warm neutral’ (see this blog post for more details), it was only a matter of time before designers started playing with the new, savannah inspired palette. Leopard offers the eclectics and maximalists another pattern to clash; monochrome mavens a warm edge; minimalists a touch of tonal pattern with a nod to nature and, classic lovers a Darwin-esque print to embrace. With almost all interior styles covered, it’s no wonder leopard print accessories are dominating our homes.
Leopard Print as a Neutral
In fashion circles, leopard print has not only become a year-round staple for the trend-led set, it’s clearly marked its neutral territory, thanks to its tonal beige, black and tan blend. Leopard is the perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for an otherwise block-coloured outfit and, it’s starting to have the same effect on our homes – bringing life and texture to previously flat schemes.
Taming the Leopard (Print) in Your Home
Like with any wild cat, it’s not advisable to let it run free in your home before getting to know the nature of the beast. While the plethora of leopard print wallpapers, carpets and furniture is mesmerising, to say the least, it might be worth gently easing yourself into trend.
Cushions are the five-second, affordable face-lift for any room - adding a safari vibe for summer and a cosy texture for winter - our velvet, leopard print cushions are a perfect starter for a leopard lover.
Somewhere to perch your feet, additional seating and a stylish pop of leopard – our Leopard Print Pouffe is versatile and eye-catching. Clash with bold colours and prints or give a neutral scheme a feline flick.
For more ideas and tips on how to bring leopard print into your home, give our in-house stylists a call or email. We love chatting all things luxury French beds, classic bedroom furniture and beautiful home style – so, please get in touch if you’re unsure of how to best style your home.