Classic or Craze: Animal Print

Is it a classic or is it a craze?


For our October Design issue, we asked local interior designers if animal print is a classic or a craze. Here's what the professionals had to say.

“Classic. Whether it is a real or faux hide, I feel animal print brings nature, interest, pattern, and in some cases, texture, into most design styles. Usually a splash goes a long way. That being said, the print may not always be for everyone.” Pamela Calvert, ASID.

“It is my opinion that the use of animal print in the home will always be a classic design statement. Both natural and faux animal skins have been incorporated into interior designs for centuries. They are exotic and add a touch of nature to almost any design style. However, a little goes a long way. A carpet, a pillow or a chair is enough to introduce the animal print into one's design." Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors.

“I love a great cheetah-print pillow or zebra rug as an accent in designing a room. It’s definitely a classic! The pattern in an animal print is a fun complement to any scheme. It adds a punch, but the coloration is neutral. My favorite is an antique dining-room chair fabricated with a hide seat. Red wine worries.” Lynn Eastin, Lynn Eastin Interiors.

“Definitely a classic.  I am not the first person to say this and likely won't be the last, but every room should have a touch of animal print!” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design.

“Animal prints are classic!  They've been around for a long time. I don't see them going away. They are always great for an accent piece like a pillow, ottoman or small armchair. Animal prints also work well to become either the focal point or background of a room when used as a rug. They give the right amount of ‘punch’ for added texture, pattern and luxury! Definitely classic!” Teresa Drury, Textures Interior Design.

“Animal prints can act as neutrals in almost any space, making them a truly classic design element. They are seasonless and will look fabulous when paired with just about anything. Animal prints are as timeless as the color black and can add a little edge to any design.” Mary Beth Leritz, LuLu Belles Fabrics.

“Animal prints are a classic. When I was in Africa 20 years ago it was everywhere, and it is still around now. I thought maybe it would be a craze, but it is a classic. Though styles and furnishings have changed, animal prints in fabrics are still in. We sell a lot of animal print at Imogene's." Clarice Wheeler, Imogene's.