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Stuart Graham: animal prints

A classic, both on and off the runway, our love affair with animal prints is unending. From hyper-realistic designs to abstract prints, the perennial favourite is our go-to for making a stylish impact and offers us a smart way of incorporating nature-based trends into both our wardrobes and decor.

From maximalist jungle prints to exotic animalistic prints, here, the team from Stuart Graham share how to incorporate the trend into homes through fine fauna- and flora-inspired fabrics.

Take your senses on an adventure with striking designs and tactile finishes.

Animalistic velvets adorned in swathes of leopard prints are ideal for setting the scene, so present these on large expanses of furniture to truly establish talking points. Complement with sprawling two-tone palm leaves upon scatter cushions, or hang behind seating areas upon towering floor-length curtains to immerse your space in conversational designs.

Take inspiration from striking natural forms for your palette.

In this scenario, the richer and more cocooning your palette the better. Opulent jewel tones not only convey the richness and density of vibrant rainforests but also incorporate the much-needed luxurious element synonymous with the trend for tropical interiors. So, be inspired by some of the Earth’s most richly hued natural forms, from deeply inviting shades of bronze through to bright and captivating platinum hues. Stick to three or four colourways and allow darker hues to take centre stage, adding in snippets of lighter shades for temporary visual relief and break up large expanses of moodier colourways.

Invite an abundance of tropical foliage into the home.

Create a cocooning canopy with towering palm leaves shading your room, primely positioned in a corner above your seating area to style a cosy nook. Large, indoor potted palms are not only ideal for replicating luscious greenery found in the depths of rainforests but are also especially easy to maintain. Team up with opulent jacquards featuring two-tone palm leaves or delicate embroideries adorned with matt-finish palms for a cohesive look.

Pair with materials found in the depths of nature.

Materials such as rattan, wicker, and raw wood pay homage to the abundance of natural finishes often found in outdoor tropical settings. They are also ideal for providing snippets of respite from the highly maximalist nature of the urban jungle style. Think a wooden sofa bench and wicker chair or stool, creating a restorative space to sit back and relax. Consider swapping out metallic accents for wood finishes, such as your side table or furniture legs, for a more reserved, laid-back look.

Look to. Metallic accents for a touch of opulence.

When forming your own urban jungle, hints of glamour throughout are essential. Use furniture legs, plant pots, side tables, curtain poles, and even lighting fixtures as opportunities to feature highlights of metallic in your scheme, favouring gold if decorating with darker, richer shades. Coordinate with gold or silver featured in your fabrics for a truly luxurious feel.

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