Monday, February 13, 2012

Sometimes, We Need A Little Leopard


I love using animal print in controlled doses.  Think of it as a "neutral" ... and honestly, there's nothing quite like it.  A healthy dose of animal print fabric can really kick things up a notch.   You should try it sometime.  This winning "neutral" works with everything.  Start with a pillow, or an upholstered ottoman...  or, maybe even a rug!

I'm partial to leopard at the moment (especially after finding those amazing Jean-Michel Frank chairs for a client of mine).  Sometimes, we just need a little leopard...
























And speaking of leopard rugs, I recently found this abstract version at RugStudio.com and I'm loving it...







I have one rule of thumb when it comes to animal print:

Try to select animal print in the color that it exists on the animal.  There are some exceptions to this rule, of course.  Kids rooms are exempt.  And, there are a few designer fabrics that do "blue zebra print" quite well.  But, if you're unsure?  Stick with the way that nature made it.  You can't really go wrong with that.



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Wonderful Life! said...

I totally agree! I just had a victorian chair recovered for a client and used it in a foyer! LOVE it!

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

YES! I have been eyeballing that rug for a month now....Just can't decide which room it will live in (and therefore the size needed), but I intend for it to head my way soon! ox

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

I love a touch a leopard in fashion an interiors!

Holly said...

A big yes to leopard, but in small doses for me. That bedroom by Burnham Designs with the leopard bolster is just simply beautiful.

bentley said...

love me some leopard. i have antelope running up my stairs and it make me happy every time i run up or down them.

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