Six Subtle Ways to Bring Leopard Into Your Home

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

We have J.Crew goddess Jenna Lyons to thank for the incredibly true—and wardrobe-expanding—mantra that leopard is, in fact, a neutral. But we're taking things a step further and applying it, per usual, to decorating. Just like you would dress up an outfit with a leopard clutch or spotted ballet flats, your home deserves the same, flirty touch. In large doses or in the wrong execution, the feline textile can easily edge into—dare we say it—tacky territory. But! When done right, and in small doses, the textile reads downright cool. If you've been contemplating whether or not to play around with the bold pattern, take a walk on the wild side with these six, super easy ways to introduce the timeless look into your life. We have a feeling you'll never go back. 

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

On a Pillow

There’s nothing catty about a little animal-print throw pillow. This one toes the line between leopard and cheetah with an abstract dot motif. A sassy bolster on a four poster bed says "look at me, I’m a risk taker!" and takes the stuffy edge out of a traditional design. 

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

On a Lamp

Who said leopard accents were only textural? A ceramic lamp of the glamorous pattern brings a pop of sass to a mirrored chest of drawers.

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

On a Stool

A little upholstered stool is one of the most functional pieces of furniture you can own. It can double as extra seating, provide a surface to display books, or as an ottoman for your tired feet. Given its small surface area, why not go a little crazy with its covering? Its dark colors create a genius camouflage for wear and tear.

Betsi Ewing/Lonny
Betsi Ewing/Lonny

On a Throw

Nothing says cozy like a soft, animal-inspired throw. Of all the tips and tricks on this list, a throw blanket is the cheapest way to introduce the wild print into your interior design scheme. 

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

on a chair 

This is as big as we’re gonna go. Whether you cover an enchanting Louis XVI armchair or a sleek midcentury-style seat in the print, we promise that it won't be as overwhelming as you think—especially when surrounded by equally bold design choices like a big graphic rug or a colorful gallery wall. 

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