9 Reasons Why You Need Leopard Print in Your Home

Popping up everywhere with no signs of slowing, leopard print and leopard-inspired pieces are always chic in any interior setting. As seen here in the work of designer Benjamin Vandiver, the pattern works in a variety of interior styles to inject style and substance into a space. When used in its natural brown and black coloration, leopard print is a fabulous neutral to mix in with more colourful pieces, and when used in a bright, unexpected hue, it adds whimsy and fun to a space. The key to tapping into this pattern's timeless style is to use restraint when incorporating leopard into your décor. Using layers upon layers of this bold print will look more cat-lady than sophisticated chic so pick and choose your leopard pieces to be the most impactful. Inject flair while remaining tasteful by mixing a simple set of throw pillows with other luxe textiles or by pairing a statement wall-to-wall carpet with a more subdued palette and finishes. Click through our slideshow to see nine spaces where leopard is done right, and shop our picks below to take your home to the wild side. _head
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Conga Line Pillow, from $108, Arianna Belle   Leopard Print Wool Rug, $521, Overstock.com Leopard Matches, $7, Design Darling 
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Leopard Bedding, from $24, Pottery Barn Leopard Drum Shade, $99, Shades of Light  Cut Velvet Leopard Pillow, $150, Jayson Home 
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 Linal Leopard Upholstery Fabric, $55 per yard, Calico  Leopard Pillow, from $62, Arianna Belle Leopard Monogramed Tray, $150, Jill Rosenwald
Check out more designs we're crazy about on our Patterns Board on Pinterest and make sure to follow us for even more daily design pinspiration. Photographs: 1. Benjamin Vandiver (designer and source) 2. Tony Duquette photographed by Patrick Cline for Lonny 3. Hutton Wilkinson photographed by Christopher Sturman for Harper's Bazaar 4. Justin Coit for Domaine 5. Mark D. Sikes photographed by Roger Davies for Veranda 6. Matthew Kowles photographed by Patrick Cline for Lonny 7. Miles Redd (designer and source) 8. Nick Olsen photographed by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda 9. Suellen Gregory (designer and source)

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