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Trend Watch 2014: Call of the Wild

Leopard Lust: A leopard runner from top to bottom makes a grand entrance!

Leopard Lust: A leopard runner from top to bottom makes a grand entrance!

Animal prints are becoming increasingly predominant in both interior design and fashion. In 2014, you can expect to see beautiful, animal-inspired prints on everything from cell phone cases, nail art and sunglasses to wallpaper, carpet runners and pillows!

Popular choices for animal prints in 2014 include cowhide, crocodile, leopard, zebra or python. For the conscious consumer, no need to worry, the vast majority of these prints are digital reproductions and no animals are harmed in the process.

Luxurious Libraries

Luxurious Libraries

Animal prints bring luxury and sophistication to any outfit or room. They are a neutral and go with virtually any colour scheme. These prints are highly versatile and can be integrated into any decor setting – from traditional to contemporary.

Home Offices

Home Offices

The key to successfully introducing this trend into your home is to do so in moderation. Like with any luxury in life, less is more. The animal print you choose shouldn’t compete with the overall decor of the room. It is usually best to limit yourself to only one animal print per room and pair the bold pattern with more subdued patterns or solid colours.

Five tips for incorporating the animal print trend into your home decor:

  1. Feeling a little daring? Don’t be afraid to go all out with animal print wallpaper however limit yourself to one wall.
  2. Not so daring but want some animal print inspiration? Tread lighting by sticking with accent pillows or throws.
  3. Add a zebra print area rug in an all white living room with fuchsia or yellow pillows for an instant impact.
  4. Pair an animal print ottoman with a glass or wood console table for an grand feeling foyer.
  5. A fireplace feature wall is a great way to highlight animal print wallpaper.
Zebra paired with black & gold looks very dramatic and elegant.

Zebra paired with black & gold looks very dramatic and elegant.

Black, White and Zebra combo gives this room a clean & contemporary feel.

Black, White and Zebra combo gives this room a clean & contemporary feel.

Mixing Colour & Print

Mixing Colour & Print

Mixing Colour & Print

Mixing Colour & Print

Python focal point: This feature fireplace guaranteed to be the ice breaker at all the dinner parties.

Python focal point: This feature fireplace guaranteed to be the ice breaker at all the dinner parties.

Crocodile Embossed Print

Crocodile Embossed Print

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Written by Nella Deluca

Nella Deluca

Nella Deluca is the principal property stylist and owner of Nella Casa Bella. After 21 years in the optical industry, Nella took the leap in 2010 and changed career paths. Never one to look back, Nella is happy with the transition into the Home Staging and Décor field and absolutely loves what she does. She lives by the mantra: “Do what you love, love what you do”.

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