I’m a little late in coming around to the animal hide trend. For a long time it didn’t speak to me; I guess I wasn’t entirely comfortable with it. But I must confess, it has slowly grown on me! Decorating with animal hides can not only look luxurious, but it also brings much needed texture to a room (something that is often missing in interiors). I’m especially drawn to a zebra or cheetah print rug layered over another natural fiber rug underneath. So chic!
A lot of people aren’t comfortable with it being real animal skin (I’m still not sure I am!) but with all the faux options now, that doesn’t even have to be an issue. Rest assured that any skin you see that looks like a zebra or a cheetah, is definitely cowhide that has been printed. The former are illegal and have been for a long time. But even for those opposed to using cowhide, there are amazing faux choices to be found. They bring an eclecticism and exoticism that not much else can, and they’re a classic. And you know I love that!