By Tara King
Long-term favourites in the fashion world, animal-inspired prints are becoming increasingly popular choices when it comes to interiors. Provided you don’t go overboard, they look far from tacky, instead offering an alluring and luxurious feel, not to mention plenty of character, too. We show you how to bring out your inner wild side with five of our favourite wallpapers from Graham & Brown.
For an understated take on a classic zebra print, forgo monochrome in favour of more understated brown and beige tones, either balanced with complementary painted panelling or used floor-to-ceiling throughout. Printed on a luxurious, heavy weight paper to replicate fur, this design adds texture to a scheme.
A menagerie of zebras, giraffes and elephants merge to form an assembly of shapes and patterns in the Kingdom collection, available across four chalky colourways including Gecko, shown here. Intricate illustrations draw the eye, while also creating an overall pattern that contributes to the character of any room.
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Birds, florals and pretty pastel backdrops make for a wonderfully whimsical take on animal-inspired design. This large-scale wallpaper combines geometrics and tropical touches for a luxurious look that’s guaranteed to get people talking at your next dinner party. For a cohesive finish, choose coloured tableware that picks out shades from the pattern.
Looking for the wow-factor? Don’t feel constrained by classic colours; this wallpaper makes no apologies for being bold and bright. Lime green might not instantly bring crocodiles to mind, but the beautifully textured scale design certainly does. Compliment with velvet furnishings in clashing shades and ornate accessories.
It’s not all about the wild life; this sassy sausage dog design has been drawn free-hand, adding a playful touch to more modern schemes. Also available in muted grey, black and white, and soft pink.
Whatever your preference, the trick to decorating with animal prints is to remember that less is more. Keep the bolder designs for schemes where you want to add drama – for instance, feature walls in a living room or dining room, and save muted designs for relaxed spaces, like bedrooms.
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