It is often said that you should not wear leopard on a first date. I have really never understood that. I get that it may “scare” a guy, but if leopard scares him then chances are a second date is not in the near future. I admit a whole outfit of leopard may be much, but what is the harm with a splash of it. I love leopard shoes, they go with just about everything. Honestly, this is the same philosophy I have with leopard in decorating. I love pops of animal print throughout the house.
I recently bought these leopard print pillows at Furbish Studio. They add texture, pattern, and neutrality to my space. Animal prints can stand-out if you choose, or blend in seamlessly. It is up to you, your placement, and your light. Yes, light is a huge factor for the tone of your animal print. A dark space with animal print sets a dramatic and opulent tone. Leopard and zebra in a space with plenty of light sets a sophisticated attitude.
Either way, you can’t go wrong. Just don’t go overboard.
“As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral”
A perfect touch of leopard in this neutral and airy room. Photo source: Veranda
A gorgeous green latticed stairway with a leopard runner and zebra rug. Photo source: Architectural Digest
Comfy leopard chairs in this dining room by Barclay Butera.
A wonderfully collected room with a leopard bench for a coffee table. I love the piped lining. Photo source: Lonny
I love these incredible ottomans at the end of the bed. A fun mix of black and white in this room by Michelle Adams. Photo source: Lonny
A lovely little den by Miles Redd with a bold use of red and leopard.