Animal-inspired furniture and home décor emerges in the design world in a multitude of shapes and forms. The style can run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous.
First, let’s begin here: We’re talking about “faux” designs inspired by, and celebrating the beauty of animals. As with everything that we bring into our homes, weigh the options and ramifications for health, ethics, social and environmental issues. In the case of the unethical handling of animals for use of home décor, it is a no-brainer design decision – leave that out.
Here are some ideas that mimic Mother Nature’s creatures without harming them:
Your cat loves sitting on your lap, right? Now you can return the favor. Just think, this pet is comfortable, cuddly and you don’t have to change the litter. The giant cat-shaped couch will make you and your guests purr.
Leather is not eco-friendly. But, some “faux” leathers are. Eco-unfriendly vinyl (PVC) is used in the chemical-laden production of most “faux” leathers. Here’s an eco-friendly “faux” leather alternative. Animal prints can create a dramatic safari flair reminiscent of a global decorating aesthetic.
As with “faux” leather, fake fur made from acrylic polymers, enhanced with other polymers, called modacrylics is not green. If you opt for a synthetic faux fur that is more environmentally-friendly, a soft faux sheepskin made from 100% organic wool with an organic knit cotton backing from Beklina makes a lush throw for bedding and baby blankets. These are animal friendly & dye free. Eco-friendly linens with animal photo prints could be a wild addition to your bed.
Does animal-inspired décor fuel your love for creatures big and small?