All children have a fascination with animals and for so many of us, that attraction sticks with us through adulthood. Our human attraction to animals extends to home decor as well, and many popular designers from Jonathan Adler to Thomas Paul are known for their whimsical interpretations of furry friends. Over the last few years faux taxidermy has been the rage in interior design and we see retailers featuring the heads and bodies of so many animals in ceramic, metal, and even paper mache form.
The reason for the animal attraction trend is clear – a room with an inanimate animal present has that dash of whimsy that makes a space (for lack of a better word) come alive!
In smaller doses, figurines like this pair of birds add a fun decorative element, as does the framed butterfly acting as a bookend on this styled bookcase.
The owl surged in popularity last year, and appeared everywhere from textiles to lamps to figurines, but this year there are other animals getting their fair share of the spotlight from the cunning fox to the flamboyant flamingo. Peacocks are in vogue for their exotic plumage and dogs continue to reign in popularity among home decor.
When choosing an animal for your home, consider the more contemporary options available instead of the multicolored glazed figurines of yesterday. You’ll find the modern interpretations appear in a single color or are reinvented with a new “skin” of recycled paper, carved wood, or other textural elements such as driftwood or twine. These pieces below guarantee you’ll create a conversation piece on your bookshelf, desktop, wall, or sofa.
From top left: Brass Squirrel, Etsy, $14; Cyrano Rhino, Currey & Co., $282; Monkey Paperweight, Vivre, $207; Flamingo Pillow, West Elm, $39; Colt Horse Head, The Cross Design, $840; Plumage Pillow, Anthropologie, $128; Wood Peacock, Horchow, $1,175; Thomas Paul Lobster Pillow, Design Public, $88; Bluebird Paperweight, The Cross Design, $45; White Whale, Z Gallerie, $70; Crocodile Magnifying Glass, L’Objet, $125; Blue Terrier Pillow, Fawn & Forest, $28; Ceramic Fox, Jonathan Adler, $138; Wood Elephant, CB2, $15; Sailfish, BassPro, $99; Arteriors Aluminum Skull, Candelabra, $885
Do you have a favorite animal on display in your home?