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How to add animal print to your home


Leopard print has had a fashion moment in every decade - from Barbara Hulanicki's Biba in the 60s, to Kate Moss in the 90s and right now it's hotter than ever - seen everywhere from street style to the catwalk, as Dolce & Gabanna featured leopard heavily in their SS23 collection. I am a perenial leopard print fan, so much so that I designed my very own leopard print for our new rug - creating a two-tone watercolour background to give depth and texture to the 100% New Zealand Wool design (see below). If you're looking for inspiration on how to add animal print into your home, not sure on what colours to go with, or where to start - here are my interior design tips to start loving leopard...

Pattern Play

Don't be afraid to mix and match your prints; big bold florals can look amazing against a backdrop of small scale leopard print, for an intentional play on textures and proportions.

Lay The Ground Work

Leopard print is surprisingly a really versatile, neutral design that works really well as a 'background' to loads of colour and print schemes. Our new leopard print rugs are made to order for Anemone at any dimensions, they make a great alternative to a fitted carpet or to centre under a table or bed to create a 'zone' within a room and a super-soft under foot.


Finishing Touches

If you're just dipping your toe into animal print, there are so many ways to add a 'hint of leopard' to your room scheme without going 'full Lily Allen' (I am *obsessed* with her full tiger print living room - an example of how maximalist print can work so well if you are brave enough). Fabrics, cushions, ceramics and lampshades are all fun ways to dabble in leopard before committing to larger, more permanent pieces of furniture.

Colour Match

Leopard print really can be considered a 'neutral' print, as the monochrome camel, cream and black shades go with a wide range of colours. My favourite pairings are our signature blush pink, pastels and any metallics - for an authentic vintage 70s palette that still feels fresh and modern in 2023.

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