AW18 is going wild for leopard print. A firm favourite of Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, this inventor of extravagance has been embracing the jungle print in his eponymous fashion line for years. And with other key designers taking a walk on the wild side, September 2018 is truly the time to embrace the big-cat print. From monochrome tones to unique colour configurations – designers such as Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham have splashed it across the catwalk, now it’s time to take the leopard print look into the home…
Embrace your animalistic nature and introduce the classic print throughout your space. This look works anywhere, especially in rooms that naturally have a lot of soft furnishings. Think about the look you want to create, bold and striking or subtle and sophisticated? Leopard print can be adapted to suit a host of interior schemes.
In the living room layer leopard print cushions against a block coloured sofa, and tie in the look with complementing decorative touches. We love finishing a scheme with flickering candles and fresh greenery, the wilder the better. If you want to make a real statement, invest in a single striking focal point. A leopard print rug? Fabulous. An oversized ottoman? Perfect! Just keep the rest of the scheme minimal and introduce lots of dark woods and warm metallics for exotic jungle vibes.
As the nights draw in we naturally start to think about cosy evenings and warm accessories. Luckily, leopard print loves textures. Soft velvets, fluffy faux furs and sleek silks all pair beautifully with the print. Create your own autumnal hideaway with an impossibly soft throw and a mix of faux mohair and velvet leopard print cushions. For an added touch of luxe look to classic black leather accessories, we recommend tidy trays, coasters and table mats.
As versatile as it is beautiful, leopard print is ideal for clashing with other patterns. Stick with the wild house theme and pair it with exotic zebra stripes, rustic cowhide and even snakeskin textures. As long as the tones are all neutral these striking patterns can clash yet complement your scheme perfectly.
Take inspiration from the catwalk and saturate the classic print in colour. Leopard print doesn’t have to mean brown tones. For a truly unique nod to the trend go wild with vibrantly coloured furnishings. Clashing acid brights and monochrome leopard prints are a striking pairing, but it doesn’t work for every home so consider your overall scheme. Classic interiors will benefit from the traditional tones of leopard prints; however more modern interiors can accommodate the ‘90s leopard print revival.