Welcome to the jungle!
The electric jungle trend is big for 2018, and it’s huge fun. If your style is quirky and edgy, then this is one trend you’ll want to have a play with.
Basically, it takes the inspiration of natural objects such as plants and animals, and subverts them. Instead of tigers, think bright pink tigers with neon zebra stripes, running through a living room or taking afternoon tea. This translates to a lot of bright colour and bold shapes, perfect for spring/summer. For us, one of the key notes of interior design is that it should be vibrant, fun and exciting – and electric jungle ticks all the right boxes. We take a look at how to put the look together.
1. Love birds cushion, Silken Favours
This classic heart design from Silken Favours features brightly coloured parrots to transport you to a tropical, if slight offbeat, paradise. Made from 100% silk, with a soft cotton velvet reverse, hidden zip and duck down insert, it costs £102.75 from Farlo.
2. Tiger snake cushion with pad, Audenza
Although the tiger looks realistic, it’s been ‘electricked’ up with the addition of an unexpected snakeskin background. The textured black and white snake pattern has been enhanced by a machine embroidered and appliquéd prowling tiger. The cushion comes complete with pad and costs £36 from Audenza.
3. La Volières Bird Cage Chandelier, Beaumonde
Isn’t this glorious? This copper cage framework with small faux birds is made with polystyrene and dyed goose feathers, delicately perched. Conceived by by Parisian designer Mathieu Challieres and handcrafted in France, each light is unique. The lamp measures 66cm high and costs £390 from Beaumonde.
4. Kinga cushion cover, Dekoria
If the full on electric theme is a bit much for you, dip your toe in with this muted cushion cover with a design of flowers and pineapples. These would also look great as temporary outside cushions on garden furniture. For the cover only, it’s currently on special offer for £16 (was £20) for the 60cm x 60cm size from Dekoria.
5. Lear parrot cushion, Rume
Designed by critically acclaimed Central St Martin’s graduate Kristjana S Williams, this cushion is a riot of exotic creatures, fragments of Victorian engravings, architectural oddities, menacing landscapes all bound by original illustration and colouring. Made from 100% silk with a duck feather cushion pad, it costs £125 from Rume.
6. Elemental panther print in gold, The Curious Department
Part of a collection, this striking panther print has Art Nouveau influences and would make a great focal point for any room. It costs £20, available from The Curious Department.
7. Giraffe sculpture, Libra
Create your own riff on the trend by painting the spots on this lovely giraffe metal sculpture in neon pink (nail varnish, maybe?) or positioning it next to something really contrasting. Available in two different poses, this metal sculpture stands 40cm high and costs £34.99 from The Luxe Company.
8. Bamboo beakers, Klevering
Ideal for picnics, these quirky beakers would look equally good displayed on a shelf. Made from bamboo by Dutch company Klevering, they feature hand-drawn jungle designs by Amsterdam illustrator Bodil Jane. Dishwasher safe, matching items available. £6.50 each, available from Printer + Tailor.
9. Bermuda drum shade pendant, MINDTHEGAP
Rich in detail with a high quality finish, this unusual fabric shade features a cheeky little monkey hiding amongst the lush green foliage. Made from 100% linen with a metallic copper lining, it costs £125 from Lime Lace.
10. Flamingo and pineapple ring plate, Fenella Smith
Keep all of your trinkets safe in one place with this handy 9cm ring plate featuring a quirky flamingo and pineapple design. £14.50, available from Fenella Smith.0