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Welcome To The Jungle

By Kate MacLeary on May 24 2014

With spring shrubs in full bloom and a tantalising few days of sunshine suggesting that summer is just around the corner, outdoors amongst the greenery is the perfect place to spend time right now. Indeed it seems that top designers have taken note, drawing inspiration from leafy botanicals to create this seasons hottest design trend.

For the ultimate striking bold prints, a touch of the exotic is essential with trends leaning towards distant shores resulting in a fun, tropical, jungle inspired aesthetic. Here's a run down of my favourite looks and key products:

Image Courtesy of Timorous Beasties

Nothing makes a bigger statement that strong prints used in wallpaper or fabrics (think curtains or upholstered pieces of furniture). Glasgow based design house Timorous Beasties are masters of the maximalism trend with larger than life printed designs. The 'Opera Botanica' design shown is available as fabric or wallpaper sold by the metre. Whilst it's expensive, you don't need to use much to achieve maximum impact.

Image Courtesy of Dust Jacket Attic

A personal favourite of mine, also from Timorous Beasties is the now somewhat iconic iguana print, available in fabric or wallpaper in a range of colourways. Featuring oversized reptiles, insects, twisted vines and pineapples, this bold look transports you directly to the Amazon!

Similarly this Witch and Watchman 'Amazonia' paper is reserved for only the bravest. The quirky animals featured make this a more whimsical choice.

A more uniform nod to this jungle trend comes from classic British wallpaper manufacturer Cole & Son. With designs based on traditional and retro prints, this gorgeous palm leaf wallpaper delivers maximum impact in the style stakes looking at home in a range of interiors from traditional to modern. The overall look has a seventies vibe which isn't to everyone's taste, however retro styling has once again become hugely popular and this is a fabulous way to embrace the look.

Image courtesy of Beautiful Life and Style

Of course you don’t need to go overboard on jungle styling, I love the subtle use of botanics in classically decorated rooms, which can be just as effective. The uniform use of prints in the room above is classic but the floral botanical subject matter in the prints adds intrigue. This is the perfect way to inject some outdoor references into a scheme for those reluctant to go all out. The look is more flora and fauna rather than full on jungle fever!

A favourite retailer of mine, Rockett St George, always seem to nail the latest trends, featuring quirky and flamboyant items throughout their rapidly expanding online store.

I love this flamingo print canvas by designers Young & Battaglia as featured on the site. The entire image including frame is printed directly onto canvas, creating an optical illusion and marrying modern and traditional perfectly. Clever styling using leafy plants adds to the exotic feel.

Image courtesy of SquareFoxDesigns

For a similar quirky look, these banana leaf cushions from Etsy are a cute modern take on the jungle trend. They come with a choice of trim, delivered all the way from Australia- I think they are worth the spend!

Putting investment pieces to one side, the high street is full of great items this season, which can add that exotic, tropical edge to your home.

For me, H&M are a go to retailer for homeware, offering stylish ‘of the moment’ picks at a seriously affordable price point. Check out this chic linen range featuring striking fern prints in a range of tropical colourways.

Parasol £12.99, Cool Bag £7.99

Beach Towels £6.99
My top tip is to also check out the H&M kids collection, as they consistently produce fabulous offerings at bargain prices. This quirky animal range caught my eye with its distinctive tropical vibe. From beach towels and parasols, to paper cups and plates all emblazoned with cute, playful imagery, this line comes just in time for summer holidays. The little ones will love the vibrant velour towels but I think it’s safe to say we’re all slightly tempted by the kitsch outdoor picnic gear!

Clockwise L-R: Flowers and Fruit Cushions £3.99-19.99, Insectos Cushion £3.99- 19.99, Pineapple Cushions £4.99- 25.99, Parrots Cushions £3.99-19.99

Clockwise L-R: Tropical Candle £15.99, Painted Ceramic Knob (Set of 2) £4.99, Pineapple Frame £15.99, Jungle Paperweight £17.99, Conchas Basket 19.99-39.99.

Lastly, Zara Home is a one-stop shop for those tempted by the jungle trend. Offering quality pieces, the site stocks everything you could wish for to create your own exotic paradise including jungle printed cushions and lampshades, insect decorations, faux exotic skin decorative accessories and more. For well made, on trend pieces, if you haven’t checked out the Zara Home store already, do it now!

Giving your home a touch of the jungle vibe doesn’t have to mean going wild with print and colour. Pick pieces that you love and use as sparingly or lavishly as you feel is right for your home. If you surround yourself with things that make you smile, they will make you happy long after the trend has moved on.

Happy hunting!