From wearing them to keep warm to hanging them for shelter, animal skins have been used in decorating since the earliest civilizations. Royalty have used animal print rugs and wall hangings as a sign of status, as they were rare and expensive to produce. In the early 20th century, interior decorator Elise de Wolfe famously eliminated the clutter that had taken over the Victorian home, and introduced comforts of entertaining such as chaise lounges, faux finish treatments, and animal prints.
So thank you Ms. de Wolfe! Animal prints are a great way to add drama to a room. Prints are available in almost any animal you can think of for all kinds of textiles and treatments. When used properly, they can add that needed graphic punch or subtle whimsical touch of pattern. Adding animal prints can be daunting, so if you go for it make it look effortless by not going overboard. Start with accessories that can be easily changed, or better yet- contact Lara! She’s amazing working with animal prints!