Trend watch: leopard prints and velvet

As part of my new ‘Trend Watch’ series, I have identified a few looks (some not so new) from the S/S 2017 fashion shows including leopard prints and velvet. You can be sure that these styles will filter down into interiors and so below are a few tips on how to style it up and where to shop for the look.

I am a fan of velvet but there are a few guidelines to follow in order to protect this delicate fabric.  Velvet sofa’s look gorgeous but unlike a durable material, such as leather, they need a little more TLC.  Do a little bit of homework before you buy and opt for a company that offers (hopefully free) a stain resistant scotch guard, this way you can return the sofa if you have a stubborn mark that can’t be removed. I would advise going for a darker colour such as midnight blue or grey, the one below is a steal at just £549 from Furniture Village.  Mix and match your velvet sofa with others fabrics, a linen armchair would look great and you could choose a velvet cushion for this to continue your scheme throughout the room. Loaf have a great selection to choose from.

Furniture village velvet sofa showing velvet trends for 2017. Pippa Jameson InteriorsVelvet sofa from and velvet trends for 2017 on Pippa Jameson Interiors

velvet trends for 2017. Pippa Jameson Interiors

Credits: Main image: Furniture Village / Smaller main image, / Cutouts: Grey sofa: Rocket St George / Pink velvet chair: Oliver Bonas / Floral stool: The French Bedroom Company / Tassel cushions: Amara

Leopard prints…again. Yes, this little print seems to come back year on year, in fact, I don’t think it ever goes away. This print works best on smaller items such as an ottoman, cushions or a rug, I would be VERY hesitant to go for a leopard print sofa as it would be far too overbearing. One idea might be to have a leopard print wallpaper in a gown-up snug or downstairs cloakroom – that would be so fun! I am thinking about this for our downstairs bathroom but need to get it past the other half first! Graham and Brown sell a good value wallpaper option.

Erim Williamson Designs. Leopard skin and animal prints, showing interior trends for 2017. Pippa Jameson Interiors Leopard print accessories for a 2017 interiors trend for Pippa Jameson Interiors


Credits: Main image, Erin Williamson / Faux Leopard throw, Mille Boutique / Leopard rug, The Rug Seller / Leopard vase, The Oak Room / Cushions, Tom Tailor / Animal print mugs, Kitchen Craft /

**Be sure to look out for my next ‘Trend watch’ posts as I have a few more looks to share with you**


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Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.