By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
City & Shore Magazine
Dorothy Draper used animal-print wallpaper. Elsie de Wolf designed a round stool in a zebra print. Mario Buatta loves to use leopard prints on fringed ottomans, carpets and custom chairs.
Animal prints are classic. They never go out of style, and designers these days are celebrating the look in fashion as well as home design. You can find them in clothing, rugs, upholstery, pillows and wallpaper.
Real skins used as rugs were commonly used before environmentalists pressured designers to change. Today they use fabric with images of animals, such as elephants, or fabric printed to look like animal skins to add a touch of the exotic to rooms.
Palm Beach designer Jennifer Garrigues, known for her global and eclectic room designs, loves using animal motifs in show houses as well as in clients’ homes.
She used a zebra rug and a Clarence House fabric on a stool, for example, in a client’s oceanfront home in North Palm Village’s Lost Tree Village. The client has used the stool in a few of her homes. It never gets old.
“It’s such a classic,” she says. “We love that it looks very well in that area where you want some punch and everything else is so light. The free form of the animal skin fits beautifully in a lot of spaces and that’s why I use them so much. They have a lovely character as long as they aren’t real.”