Animal magic with a twist

Despite Kat Slater’s best efforts to ruin it for everyone, fashion went wild for leopard prints last season. From shoes to shrugs, it really was an urban jungle out there - and this year’s interiors looks set to be just as full of animal magic. However, before you go all out on B&Q’s leopard print wallpaper (yes, really), this season, there’s a twist. It’s animal print, sure, but smart decorators are doing it with serious splashes of colour thrown in.

Using pattern is always a way to make an interior look that much more exciting and dynamic, and bright colours instantly create a feeling of homeliness, in the exact way that the stark, white minimalist spaces of the last decade didn’t.

It’s no surprise Julien MacDonald is on board this sparkly, showy trend, with his cushion and bed linen range for Debenhams (above and below - Star by Julien MacDonald)

Bed linen is a good way to nod to a trend – you change it so often that it’s perfect for the nervous adopter – and House of Fraser’s Shyla bed linen collection gives new meaning to the phrase “animal in the bedroom.”

Make sure the writing’s on the wall – or the stripes, anyway – with Digitex’s mesmerising Zebra mural

Create a real floor show with this Peacock rug from Woven Ground...

...and relax in style with these punchy multi Zebra cushions from BHS...

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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor

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