It’s that time of year – again! 🎄
We are seeing out another year and ushering in the next, which seems impossible as I feel like I planned my Christmas 2018 celebrations only a few months ago. But there’s no escaping reality – evidenced by seasonal decorations and accompanying music and reminders about gifting all around us.
Trawling through a popular global site recently, I was struck by the abundance of animal motifs on ornaments, cards, and gifts offering Christmas cheer. The variety was amazing as we have gone way past the traditional reindeer and cute appeal of animals found in the northern hemisphere to an entire zoo bedecked in red hats, scarves and jingling bells. Looking at a set of animal print Christmas baubles recalled the beautiful animal themed fabrics, wallpapers and design elements I handle every day and which never fail to inspire me.
Animal prints have been trending for as long as there have been animals to admire and it has enduring staying power, despite our hearing that it has “made a comeback” or that it’s “fashionable again”. In reality, animal prints have never gone away, as season after season fashion designers incorporate them into their collections and interior designers are attracted to their bold and timeless transformative power – some maybe to the point of obsession! Some of us may just have a zebra fetish……..
We’ve seen animal prints in bright colors and bold patterns over bed linen and curtaining in colour combinations suited to children and adults alike. Evoking a sense of fun or sophistication, there is an endless choice to suit everyone’s pocket.
Animal inspired wallpapers provide elegant options for those with a restrained palette as well as those of us who have a taste for the flamboyant. And there are prints incorporating cheeky animals in colourways that are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!
Animal print throws and pillows can add a layer of texture and pattern to a room as they mix well with other patterns and can deliver unexpected effects.
If you are looking for a touch of warmth and glamour, animal print rugs and ottomans are a wonderful way to achieve this.
Stripes and spots can be overwhelming and overdone as we do see them everywhere, but there are other animals who are overlooked, such as giraffe. Ever fancied a giraffe-print desk or a chandelier or a cheetah side table? Using small accent furniture pieces, cushions and tableware are a fabulous way to add a touch of whimsy without going the whole hog and they inject an element of surprise….
A recent visit to Perth delivered many a chuckle when viewing the latest trend in lighting: animal lamps! Table lamps and candle holders with impudent and irreverent monkeys inject levity into the serious business of choosing just the right illumination in a room. Being born in the year of the Monkey, these guys are my greatest pals. I need to find a place for these amazing baboon lights!
Additionally, it was very evident that animal themed home accessories are hugely popular just now with the monkey being the current animal of choice. Other animals include deer and elephant while brilliantly hued birds abound on lamp bases. Exotic peacock motifs with their jewel colours and iridescent feathers are stamped on fabrics and furnishings – an ageless symbol of good luck and plenty.
And finally, wall murals and large scale art are tipped to be big in 2020 with animals prowling across our walls – as a backdrop behind our bed or making a statement in a living room. No monkey business and not for the faint-hearted, but there’s no stopping you if you would like to take a walk on the wild side……?