Style Your Living Room with Monochrome and Metallics

If you know me well, you’ll know I have a bit of a thing for animal print. Not so much in my home interiors but very much in my fashion. From shoes, to dresses and bags I seem to be inexplicably drawn to this style. For some reason I haven’t really done much with it when it comes to the house though; maybe I know the other people living here won’t let me get away with it.

Some people really manage to pull it off though. Take Kimberly from Swoon Worthy, she has to be the queen of animal print in a boho eclectic glam style, and knows exactly how to get it right. I wouldn’t manage this look, but I could definitely add a pop or two of animal print if I’m clever.

Later this year, I’m hoping to give the living room a revamp; not sure what kind of style I’ll go for yet, but with the above in mind, I’ve put together a little moodboard to give me some ideas. Could I live with a monochrome, animal print scheme, injected with a few metallics and gold?


Chesterfield Metallics Living by jen-stanbrook featuring a modern coffee table
  1. To start with, I think I’d need to change our sofas which is quite an expense, and they still have years left in them. I do love a chesterfield style sofa though, and think they lend themselves well to this kind of look. This one above, from Duresta at Pavillion Broadway comes complete with animal print cushions to get you started.
  2. To keep the look tied in with the rest of the house, I’d need some contemporary wall art with a typography and geometric feel. Using pieces worked in metallics or gold would help bring the scheme together but retain the playfulness I like to see in my interiors.
  3. I’ve always fancied a sunburst mirror on gold but haven’t had anywhere to put one. This scheme is crying out for it, which would look great above the fireplace or behind the sofa itself.
  4. Maybe the cushions need changing up a little to help the scheme work, so the addition of a gold piece or two would work well, and give the sofa a striking lift.
  5. Of course no room is complete without a rug and this animal print version is the perfect accessory for this look.
  6. Finally, the addition of a practical coffee table, working the gold and picking up the dark wood from the sofa legs help the whole scheme to feel coordinated and thought through.

The dress shows how fashion and interiors overlap so strongly, and gives me some ideas for my next purchase!

Now I know it’s not an over the top eclectic look, and is rather subdued but I can’t live with too much clutter and I like my schemes to feel a little paired back and refined. I think this one needs a few extras to really bring it to life so I’ll need to work on that.

What do you think? Is this one for you?

If you want to find out more about the chesterfield style sofas, or others, you can shop Duresta Sofas at Pavilion Broadway here. For anything else, click on the moodboard itself.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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